Monday, August 7, 2017

Observations and Sample of Recent Trades: GYB, PRPFX, SNR

Economic Reports:

A. Jobs Report


The government reported a better than expected 209K increase in jobs last month. The average workweek was unchanged at 34.5 hours. Over the past 12 months through July, wages have increased by 2.5%. 


Jobs in "food services and drinking places" rose 53K. Health care employment increased by 39K. Mining added 1K.  


B. Coal and Renewable Energy Jobs


Coal is gradually been phased out as a fuel for baseload generation in favor of combined cycle plants that use gas turbines. Coal mining jobs decreased by 200 between June and July.  Trump is doing what he can to encourage more coal mining on public lands and to reduce the royalties payable for those mining rights. A good expose was recently published in the NYT: Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands - The New York Times


Employment Situation Summary


The U-6 number was unchanged at 8.6%. Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization


Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy - May. 24, 2017Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017) | White Papers | EESI


Natural Gas Accounted for 42 Percent of U.S. Capacity in 2016 - Power EngineeringNatural Gas: The New Face of U.S. Power Generation - Power EngineeringCombined-Cycle Power Plant – How it Works | GE Power GenerationCoal plant retirements will continue despite Trump’s EPA pick



Five charts that show why Trump can’t deliver on his coal promises

C. Foreign Ownership of Treasury Debt




Foreign ownership of U.S. treasuries went from $6.21+ trillion as of May 31,2016 to $6.12+ trillion as of May 31/2017, the latest data available from the treasury.   


U.S. government debt was at $19.2654+ trillion on 5/31/16 and had increased to $19.8459+ trillion as of May 31/2017 or about $580 Billion. Debt to the Penny (Daily History Search Application)


The Federal Reserve owns over $2.4 trillion in  U.S. treasury debt and has indicated that it will soon quit reinvesting the proceeds from maturing treasuries. Consequently, the debt that matures without being reinvested will have to be bought by another buyer. 


As the Federal Reserve reduces its holdings of treasury debt, the amount of the U.S. government debt continues to increase, and foreigners remain on the sidelines, what will happen to U.S. treasury yields? My best guess now is that they will go up materially, with the magnitude of the impact in part influenced by the ECB's decision to continue or terminate its QE program late this year or early in 2018. 


One great concern is that interest rates will soon start rising to average historical levels. 


As rates go up, the burden of servicing the debt, which is also growing, can only increase and be financed by using more debt to pay the increased interest costs. 


At historically low interest rates, far below normal, the government paid $432.649+ billion in interest in the 2016 fiscal year ending last September and is currently at $404.3+ billion in the 2017 fiscal year through July. Government - Interest Expense on the Debt Outstanding 


It is reasonable to predict that the interest payments on the national debt will exceed $1 trillion per year at some point within the next 7 to 10 years and those payments will have to be financed with more debt. The total U.S. debt was less than $1 trillion in 1981: Government - Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual 1950 - 1999


Another important number is U.S. government debt to GDP which is also rising and will spike again when the next recession hits. National Debt by Year: Compared to GDP and Major Events During recessions, the federal government's revenues decline and spending rises due to a variety of factors including increases in safety net program spending.

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Market Commentary


3 reasons a stock-market correction is coming in late summer or early fall - MarketWatch


There's a 99% chance stock market returns will be subpar from here: CNBC ("Analysts at Goldman Sachs Asset Management pointed out that annualized returns on the S&P 500 10 years out were in the single digits or negative 99 percent of the time when starting with valuations at current levels.")


A 'meaningful' market correction is close, says widely followed strategist: CNBC


Beneath the glow of stock-market records, darkly bearish trends are lurking - MarketWatch


Invest in cash to hedge against future market corrections: CNBC


The stock market’s historically worst 2 months are dead ahead. Time to worry? - MarketWatch (October in particular can be a nasty month)


Market crash still two years away but a 'nasty' 10 percent correction in the offing, says strategist: CNBC

Jeremy Siegel sees Dow 24,000 this year but on one Trump condition: CNBC (the caveat is lower taxes and "tax reform")

There is no reason to cut and run in this market—commentary: CNBC (global chief strategist for Blackrock says do not try and time the market)

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Trump: Golf As A Much Needed Rest Period from Watching TV and Tweeting:

Trump, America's Boy King: Golf and Television Won't Make America Great Again: Newsweek


Trump Kicks Off 17-Day Stay at His New Jersey Golf Club - NBC News


Tracking President Trump's Visits to Trump Properties - NBC News


Donald criticized Obama for playing golf rather than working.


All the Times Trump Mocked Obama for Taking Vacations: People Magazine


One of my favorites from Donald the Hypocrite is this tweet:




Hypocrisy is one of Donald's more favorable character traits.


Trump also frequently criticized the cost of Obama's secret service protection.


Congress Allocates $120 Million for Trump Family’s Security Costs - The New York Times


Secret Service vacates Trump Tower command post in lease dispute with president’s company - The Washington Post (Donald has sent the Secret Service into a trailer  located on a sidewalk)


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Mueller and Trump


I suspect a review of Trump's financial transactions, something that he wanted to hide by refusing to release his tax returns, will turn up some shady connections including possible money laundering for Russian oligarchs and borrowing from Russian banks through intermediaries like Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation-The GuardianDeutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump | Vanity Fair


One year into the FBI's Russia investigation, Mueller is on the Trump money trail - CNN


Report: Mueller Convenes Grand Jury in Russia Investigation - NBC News


Grand jury issues subpoenas in connection with Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting: sources: Reuters;


Mueller Plunges Across Trump's Red Line - The Atlantic.


One year into the FBI's Russia investigation, Mueller is on the Trump money trail - CNN


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Trump and New Hampshire:


Trump argues he won New Hampshire because it is a 'drug-infested den' - CNNTrump Calls New Hampshire a 'Drug-Infested Den,' Stoking Outrage - NBC News


I am not sure why drug addicts supported Trump. Maybe their brains have been scrambled to the nth degree and actually believed in what Donald was telling them.  


I would also note that Donald did not win New Hampshire. New Hampshire Election Results 2016: President Live Map by County, Real-Time Voting Updates - POLITICO


At least we have a bunch of generals managing Donald now. But isn't the President as Commander-in-Chief supposed to be managing the Generals rather than the Generals managing him?


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Trump and the Press


Donald does not like anyone who provides facts that contradict his reality creations which is generally the case for any Demagogue. 


A key GOP strategy, which started to gain traction during the Nixon Administration in the late 1960s, has been to convince tens of millions to regard everything published or broadcast by responsible journalists as being false. That strategy is in full bloom now with Trump. 


Donald's latest twitter tirade against the press occurred early today: 




Later today, he continued his tirade against the NYT: 


  If Donald makes a true statement, it is most likely accidental, something like he meant to make a false statement but thought that the accurate factual statement was the false one.

Are there over $4 trillion of untaxed corporate earnings offshore, as Donald Trump said? | PolitiFact


False: Trump's claim about illegal immigration under past administrations | PolitiFact


In Youngstown, Trump incorrectly says he has achieved historic increase in defense spending | PolitiFact


Did he or didn’t he? Trump contradicts himself on whether he knew Steve Bannon | PolitiFact (pant's own fire)


Links to other pant's on fire rated falsehoods: All Pants on Fire! statements involving Donald Trump | PolitiFact


Links to statements made by Trump and rated by Politifact as false or mostly false: All False statements involving Donald Trump | PolitiFactAll Mostly False statements involving Donald Trump | PolitiFact


836 Trump False Claims Since Inauguration through 7/19/17 Listed: The Fact Checker’s tally of Trump’s false claims since becoming president - Washington Post


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Trump Gives Himself Multiple High Fives for Anemic Economic Numbers: 


FactChecking Trump's West Virginia Rally - FactCheck.org


Trump is pumping up a 2.6% GDP growth during the last quarter, calling it 3% growth. I wonder whether he will round down 2.4% to 2%.   


Donald also stated that 2.6% real GDP growth was a "number that nobody thought they’d see for a long period of time.” Real GDP growth was higher than 2.6% in eight of the last 18 quarters including a 2.8% Real GDP growth rate in the 2016 third quarter that Trump dismissed as modest, while calling the preliminary 2.6% number for the 2017 second quarter as an "unbelievable number". Fact check: Donald Trump’s puffery on GDP growth (noting that Trump continues to claim credit for some economic numbers that occurred during Obama's administration)


The True Believers cheer his false statements with much enthusiasm.  


During Obama's 8 years, the economy experienced 2.6% or greater real GDP growth in 14 quarters and 8 of those exceeded 3%. Trump Does Not Appear to Understand Basic Economics | Vanity FairTrump is fooling himself with the Dow: Politico; Real Gross Domestic Product- St. Louis Fed


The average monthly job gains this year are at 184,000 compared to 187,000 in the first seven months of 2016. 


As the economy grows larger, real GDP growth will be harder to generate and spending borrowed money to generate growth will have less and less of an impact (i.e. more spending of borrowed money by consumers and governments is progressively required to move the needle by the same amount as in the immediate past)


While the S & P 500 is up about 18% since the election, there has been no detectable improvement yet in the U.S. economy.  


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1. Short Term Bond/CD Ladder Basket Strategy

A. Bought 2 Reliant Bank 1.15% CDs (Monthly Interest) Maturing on 10/30/17 (3 month CDs)


Reliant Bank is the operating subsidiary of Commerce Union Bancshares (CUBN) based in Brentwood, TN. 


B. Bought 3 Volunteer State Bank TN 1.35% CDs (monthly interest) Maturing on 3/16/18:



Five Star Ratings from Bankrate: VOLUNTEER STATE BANK Review


C. Bought 2 Bank of China 1.4% CDs Maturing on 2/15/18:




D. Bought 2 Bank of the West 1.45% CDs Maturing on 5/1/18 (9 month CDs):





This bank has over 600 U.S. branches, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.


E. Bought 2 Bank of China 1.25% CDs Maturing on 11/15/17 (3 month CD):





$11K Inflow into Short Term Ladder Basket


2. Continued to Pare Stock Allocation


I include the Permanent Portfolio mutual fund as part of my stock allocation even though it is a balanced fund.


A. Pared PRPFX: Sold 125+ Shares in Vanguard Taxable Account:


Profit Snapshot: +$308.84




I still own 154+ shares in my Schwab taxable account. Schwab has a minimum buy order of $1 whereas Vanguard requires a $1K minimum. I would prefer to buy $100 to $500 at a time rather than $1K.


I last eliminated PRPFX in 2015:




2015 PRPFX 251+ Shares +$590.26

Most of that position originated from a 2005 purchase. PRPFX was one of the few mutual fund positions that I kept going into 2008.


Dividends: In 2013 through 2015, the fund paid out $10.21 per share in dividends. I do not recall whether I reinvested some or all of those dividends. As shown in the snapshot above, Fidelity only grouped totals together using the average cost method of accounting.




Most of those gains were attributable to long term capital gains that the fund had to harvest as investors withdrew money. This fund maintains a large allocation to gold and silver bullion which started an unmistakable bear market in 2011. Another large allocation is in natural resource stocks that have been in a bear market since 2014. The fund also maintains a substantial allocation in high quality bonds, mostly U.S. treasuries with some corporate bonds, that have generated miniscule amounts of income during the 2012-2016 period. Most of the corporate bonds mature within two years. 


The fund maintains a large allocation to sectors that are in bear markets. The fund maintains close to a 25% allocation to gold and silver bullion.





Natural resource stocks which have been in a bear mode since the 2014 summer have somewhere close to a 8% constant weighting. Performance in this sector has also been hurt by poor stock selection IMO:




There is also a large allocation to low yielding and short term investment grade corporate bonds, U.S. treasuries and Swiss government bonds.


SEC Form N-Q for the Period Ending 4/30/17


3. Intermediate Bond/CD Ladder Basket Strategy:


A. Bought 2 Capital One 3.75% Junior Bonds Maturing on 7/28/26:


This bond is subordinated to Capital One's senior unsecured notes.


Issuer:  Capital One Financial Corp.  (COF)

FINRA Page: Bond Detail (prospectus linked)
Credit Ratings:
Moody's at Baa1
S & P at BBB-

YTM at Total Cost (98.933): 3.892%

Current yield at 3.79%

COF Analyst Estimates


COF's second quarter earnings report was good and caused the common stock to pop. The stock closed at $81.01 on 7/20/17 and at $87.94 the next day. The results were released after the 7/20 close:


Capital One Reports Second Quarter 2017 Net Income of $1.0 billion, or $1.94 per share


4. Synthetic Floaters:


A. Sold 50 GYB at $22.86:




Quote:


PROFIT: +$99.96




I discussed this purchase here.


GYB Realized Gains to Date: $1,631.28


Snapshots can be found in Trust Certificates: New Gateway Post.


My last sell was at $21.9: Update For Exchange Traded Bond And Preferred Stock Basket Strategy As Of 7/13/16 - South Gent | Seeking Alpha


Discussions of most prior trades are linked in Item # 3 (2/21/15 Post). The largest single gain was $691.71 realized on a 100 share lot sold in 2010 and owned in an IRA. 


GYB is a Synthetic Floater in the Trust Certificate form of ownership, a category of Exchange Traded Bonds.


GYB makes quarterly interest payments at the greater of 3.25% or .85% above the three month Libor rate on a $25 par value. As with other exchange traded synthetic floaters, there is a maximum coupon of 8.25%: Prospectus Interest payments are made quarterly.


SEC Filings for GYB



The underlying bond owned by the trust is a trust preferred issue from Goldman Sachs Capital I maturing on 2/15/2034 with a 6.345% fixed rate coupon. That is a $1K par value bond that is traded in the bond market: Bond Detail
In effect, the underlying security is a junior bond from GS. The coupon rate of the underlying bond will not be received by the owners of GYB unless the swap agreement terminates.
It is the swap agreement with a brokerage company that creates the rate paid by this security. The trustee receives the interest payments from Goldman Sachs for the 6.345% fixed coupon securities owned by it and then swaps that amount with the brokerage firm for the amount due the owners of GYB
The owners of GYB will be entitled to receive $25 per trust certificate on 2/15/2034, assuming GS survives of course. If GS goes bankrupt, I would expect this security to be worthless.


I would anticipate the 3 month Libor rate to increase when the Fed raises the federal funds rate. I would expect a slightly greater increase in the 3 month Libor rate.
This short term rate would have to rise above 2.4% during the relevant computation period to trigger an increase in the 3.25% minimum coupon (2.4% + .85% spread still equals the 3.25% minimum).
There is a potential problem for all instruments that pay a coupon based in whole or in part on LiborLibor Funeral Set for 2021 as FCA Abandons Scandal-Tarred Rate - BloombergThe scandal-hit libor rate used to set mortgages will end in 2021: CNBC

The prospectuses for these securities generally provide a backup rate in the event Libor quotes cease to exist, but I could not find a reference to what happens in the GYB prospectus in that event. There was a brief reference to using the last Libor rate for the preceding period: 



"provided, however, that if the banks selected as aforesaid by the calculation agent are not quoting as mentioned in this sentence, LIBOR for such index maturity will be LIBOR determined with respect to the interest accrual period immediately preceding the current distribution date."

Sourced at Page S-29 of the Prospectus


The prospectus is 108 pages long and I may have missed a provision dealing with using an alternative rate when Libor is no longer available.  


And if no payment is made by the counter-party, the Trustee could terminate the swap agreement and start paying to the GYB owners the amounts paid to the trustee by GS.


While far from clear IMO, that proviso  seems limited to using only last quoted rate only once.


As a consequence, and given the uncertainties, I will no longer buy GYB, GYC or any other security that pays a coupon based on Libor that matures after 2020.


The other synthetic floaters that I own, other than 50 shares of GYC which I intend to sell, use the 3 month U.S. Treasury Bill as the referenced rate: GJP, GJS, GJT.  



5.  Equity REIT Common and Preferred Stock Basket Strategy:


A. Sold 100 SNR at $10.44- Highest Cost Lot Fidelity Taxable Account (Used Position Free Trade):


Quote: New Senior Investment Group Inc.  (SNR) (one of the top ten largest owners of private pay U.S. senior housing properties with 148 properties; 90 properties are managed and 58 have triple net leases)


Fidelity Account Position Prior to Pare:




Profit Snapshot: + $50.77




Realized Gains To Date: $468.18


Snapshots in Stocks, Bonds & Politics: Gateway Post: Equity REIT Common and Preferred Stock Basket Strategy


Shortly after this transaction, SNR released second quarter earnings that investors did not like: 


Closing Price 8/3/17: SNR $9.40 -$0.95 -9.18% 


There wasn't anything to like about that report. 




New Senior Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results 

CEO Susan Givens on Q2 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript | Seeking Alpha

Note that the quarterly dividend rate exceeds funds available for distribution ("FAD"). Unless there is a material increase in FAD soon, the dividend will have to be cut. I would recommend cutting the dividend rate by at least 3 cents per share now.  


The problem is concentrated in SNR's "managed" portfolio rather than its triple net lease properties. Drilling down further, the independent living (IL) segment is outperforming the assisted living (AL) segment. A large party of the decrease in operating income originated from properties operated by Holiday, an entity that is majority owned by affiliates of SNR's external manager Fortress. SNR blamed a change in Holiday's operating model for the decrease.  


SNR summarizes risks and other matters relating to Holiday in its 2016 Annual Report at pages 3, 16-17,  26 (conflict discussion), 82, and 88-89.


Labor costs increased by 3.7% during the quarter, more prevalent in markets with new supply and concentrated in the AL segment as one would expect. 


Operating Model Explained: 




Page 9  2016 Annual Report

Other problems that I have discussed in the past include external management, property purchases from an entity controlled by the external manager and excessive debt. Those issues are also discussed by Brad Thomas in his most recent article: A Private Pay Health Care REIT That Yields 10% - New Senior Investment Group (NYSE:SNR) | Seeking Alpha A SA post published today highlights the negative issues as well: 
New Senior: Where To Go From Here - New Senior Investment Group (NYSE:SNR) | Seeking Alpha


Some debt was repaid in the last quarter:  



"In June, the Company completed the sale of two properties for $33.0 million, realizing a gain on sale of $18.3 million. In connection with the sale, the Company repaid $13.2 million of debt."

I still own shares in three other accounts in addition to the shares remaining in this Fidelity account.

Remaining Positions: Snapshots Using Price as of 7/28/17 except for the following which was taken on 8/1/17:


Capital One: Average Cost Per Share = $9.54





IB:  Average Cost Per share = $8.34




Vanguard Roth IRA History: Last Purchase at $9.8 (11/14/16)/Last Sold at $12.3 (9/6/16)






Schwab Taxable: Average Cost Per Share = $8.03




Links to Some Prior Discussions: 


Item # 6 Sold 100 SNR at $11.76 and Item # 7 Sold 50 SNR at $11.85: Update For Equity REIT Basket Strategy As Of 7/28/16 - South Gent | Seeking Alpha


Item # 5 Added 50 SNR at $8.41+: UPDATE For Equity REIT Basket Strategy As Of 2/12/16 - South Gent | Seeking Alpha


Item # 1. Added 50 SNR at $9.1: Update For Equity REIT Basket Strategy As Of 11/16/15 - South Gent | Seeking Alpha


Item # 2. Bought Back 50 SNR at $10: Update For Equity REIT Basket Strategy As Of 11/5/15 - South Gent | Seeking Alpha


Bought Back 100 SNR at $ 10.17: South Gent's Comment Blog # 2 (noting a 50 share sell transaction at $12.3 on 9/16/16 in a Vanguard Roth IRA, see previous snapshot)


SNR is a speculative REIT that has a very high dividend yield, but has a host of issues. I view the dividend as likely to be cut within the next 12 months. My strategy has been to buy the dips and sell the pops. My last sell was at $10.44 which indicates that my sell range has been lowered from $11 to $12.50 to $10 to $10.5. I will consider buying 50 shares at less than $9. 


Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor but simply an individual investor who has been managing my own money since I was a teenager. In this post, I am acting solely as a financial journalist focusing on my own investments. The information contained in this post is not intended to be a complete description or summary of all available data relevant to making an investment decision. Instead, I am merely expressing some of the reasons underlying the purchase or sell of securities. Nothing in this post is intended to constitute investment or legal advice or a recommendation to buy or to sell. All investors need to perform their own due diligence before making any financial decision which requires at a minimum reading original source material available at the SEC and elsewhere. A failure to perform due diligence only increases what I call "error creep". Stocks, Bonds & Politics: ERROR CREEP and the INVESTING PROCESS Each investor needs to assess a potential investment taking into account their personal risk tolerances, goals and situational risks. I can only make that kind of assessment for myself and family members.

10 comments:

  1. South Gent,

    MYOK is up 74% as of 10am this morning due to the positive mid-stage trial results for heart muscle disease.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/myokardia-shares-surge-17-on-positive-mid-stage-trial-results-for-heart-muscle-disease-2017-08-07

    I sold out my position for a 119% profit. It is a very small position so it is not critical if I should hold it for any greater appreciation potential.

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  2. "Market Commentary:"

    The longer the bull market continues, the more the 'experts' will yell 'Repent, for the end is near!' Eventually, they will be 'proven' right, as they will be only too happy to remind you.

    Thanks.
    David

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    1. Famous Forecasting Quotes:

      http://www1.secam.ex.ac.uk/famous-forecasting-quotes.dhtml

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  3. "At least we have a bunch of generals managing Donald now."

    If true, this is a great improvement. I suspect that for the last few decades, the CIA has been managing the Presidents, not directly but through information refurbishment.

    Suggestion for Congress:

    Adopt breast augmentation surgery as the official symbol of Government communication.

    Should we start a letter-writing campaign?

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  4. OMER: I went ahead and sold the remaining 30 shares today at $21.88. That lot was bought at $9.03 earlier this year.

    My problem with OMER is a lack of transparency on its clinical programs, the really tiny number of patients in its Phase 2 trial for OMS721, and the unexplained reasons why the enrollment in a Phase 3 trial is so slow when patients should be lining up to participate if the drug worked as advertised.

    My other 30 share was sold at $20.61 and bought at $9.35:

    Item 2.A.
    https://tennesseeindependent.blogspot.com/2017/07/observations-and-sample-of-recent.html

    OMER is going to issue its second quarter report tomorrow after the market closes. The company needs to have some positive news about the advancement of OMS721 in a Phase 3 trial.

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    1. OMER:

      $24.43+2.71 (+12.48%)
      As of 12:36PM EDT.

      Time to call Schwab and ask for a mulligan which every broker should give for those older than 65.

      The company did report better than expected sales of its one approved drug, Omidria, which gave the stock a small lift in early trading this morning.

      It was the discussion in the conference call about the progress of OMS721 that caused most of the pop today.

      https://seekingalpha.com/article/4096612-omeros-omer-ceo-greg-demopulos-q2-2017-results-earnings-call-transcript

      I just skimmed that transcript since I no longer have a position. I did not see a specific number mentioned of patients who have enrolled to date in the Phase 3 trials. I would have asked that specific question. No mention was made about suing Art Doyle who has been quiet on Twitter since posting a comment on 7/10:

      https://twitter.com/artdoyle2017?lang=en

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  5. South Gent,

    Bespoke Investment Group is using the bull market from December 4,1987 to March 24th, 2000 to infer that the current bull market could just be in the 6th inning. That would be another 1400 days, if nothing goes awry.

    https://www.bespokepremium.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Closer-080717-Lots-of-Bubble-Talk-Lately.pdf?utm_source=BP+Marketing+List&utm_campaign=299499cd5e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_11fe2bb876-299499cd5e-157344061

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    1. Y: Using their definitions, the December 1987 through 3/24/2000 would be the longest bull cycle in history. The current cycle which started on 3/9/2009 would be 3070 days. But the markets rise starting in 1997 was all fluff and nonsense too. I seriously doubt that a 20%+ correction will wait for a repeat of the late 1990s insanity. I will not own any stocks in the event that period is repeated.

      You will see different results depending on how the highs and lows are calculated.

      Another chart has 3 bull cycles lasting longer than the 1987 to 2000 period.

      https://www.ftportfolios.com/Common/ContentFileLoader.aspx?ContentGUID=4ecfa978-d0bb-4924-92c8-628ff9bfe12d

      Using that chart, the current rally is only the fifth longest over the past 100 years.

      Yardeni arrives at different numbers and has the longest cycle being the current one by far.

      He breaks the 1987 to 2000 period by a bear market which he claims was a 19.9% decline in 1990.

      https://www.yardeni.com/pub/stmktbullbearmkt.pdf

      JPM shows a 20% in 1990:
      http://www.businessinsider.com/sp-500-intra-year-declines-since-1980-2014-7




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  6. North Korea: Apparently the market does not care about NK until the nukes actually start flying.

    There was a pop in precious metal and high quality bond prices, but the Stock Jocks just waved off the daily militaristic bombast emanating from NK and now from Trump.

    North Korea has already crossed over the red line drawn by Trump yesterday that would unleash fire and fury the likes of which "the world has never seen before", except of course when Harry Truman uttered words similar to Trump after dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and shortly before dropping another one on Nagasaki.

    Truman: "If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth."

    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-north-korea-threat-truman-hiroshima-648304

    Trump was of course talking about nuclear war and was ad libbing, which has never been what U.S. Presidents have done in past but we are in a different world now.

    General Kelly was surprised about Trump's language which is to be expected since Trump was shooting from the hip and had not discussed the language with anyone.

    Someone probably had to give him Harry Truman's warning to Japan, since Trump does not read, and why not sound like Give Him Hell Harry.

    Though, I would hasten to add that Harry was faced with an ongoing major war. Japan was beaten but would not surrender. The alternative was pretty much suffer a million or so more casualties or drop the bomb. He could have waited on Nagasaki since Hiroshima was a pretty good wake up call.


    Trump was supposed to be talking about the opioid crisis but felt compelled to bring up nuclear war instead.

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  7. I have published a new post:

    https://tennesseeindependent.blogspot.com/2017/08/observations-and-sample-of-recent.html

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