THE POLAR VORTEX HAS SPLIT! (UNG,USO,SPY)

THE POLAR VORTEX HAS SPLIT! (UNG,USO,SPY) OH. MY. GAWD!   In a development that’s caught nearly everyone off guard, a massive high pressure system recently sundered the normally quiescent Arctic ‘polar vortex’ in two!   It’s a little known, unique weather event that, according to meteorologists, could bring MUCH WARMER TEMPERATURES TO THE AMERICAN EAST COAST AND MUCH COLDER TEMPS TO THE WEST COAST AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE! Did you get that?   In the coming weeks, the weather may change due to this disruption of the normally static low pressure cell that sits over the Arctic!   And whaddaya know, U.K. natural gas contracts have already spiked some 3.5% in anticipation of the cold blast,…

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Phoenix Envy (SPY)

Phoenix Envy (SPY)   The market will move in the direction the majority least expect, for a duration that no one can predict, reversing precisely at a time that the greatest number are blindsided.   Or as a wise investor once wrote, “The market’s raison d’etre is to reach as deeply as possible into the pockets of average investors and empty them.” It’s for that reason that professional investors developed tools to protect themselves.   And one of those is the ‘moving average’.   Here at Normandy, we use a proprietary selection of moving averages that have often raised eyebrows, but we use them for a simple reason: they work.   After settling on them…

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The Wisdom of Solomon (TLT)

The Wisdom of Solomon (TLT)   You’ve been listening to the car rattle and shake for some time now, but it still moves OK, and everyone tells you what a fine looking beast she is and how she’s reliable and all, so you let it go.   But the noise is bothering the wife a little too much to maintain peace in the castle, so in lieu of letting her fears fester and risk an outright coup, you take her to the shop.   The car, that is.   You shimmy on down to the local industrial zone, and, as usual, Sonny is all smiles and handshakes, the black under his fingernails a tad worrisome…

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Getting Carried Away (SPY,IEF,PFE)

Getting Carried Away (SPY,IEF,PFE)   There’s a concept in statistics that’s regularly applied to markets called ‘mean reversion’.  It’s a rather simple idea, that anytime numbers get too far stretched from their long-term historical norms – either too high or too low – they eventually snap back.   And it has proven itself long enough to be relied upon by market analysts for at least a half century.  Simply put – a market is in danger of a whiplash reversal when it strays too far from its mean.  Forewarned is forearmed. The only problem with the concept is that no one can know what any security’s ultimate breaking point is.   That is, how long…

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Washington Redeemed! (AAPL,EWP,CBOE,FB)

Washington Redeemed! (AAPL,EWP,CBOE,FB)   Never were fans of big government here at Normandy.  Don’t think it’s good for the overall health of the nation, nor for its better management or even for its longevity.   Never trusted it.  Always figured the goal was to put everyone on the payroll and then force feed them worthless currency.  Where else are the buzzturds gonna turn for a buck?!   Nope, always preferred the local brand of self-governance – really local! So the thought of someone – an outsider – coming to the big house ready to do battle with the forces-that-be was intriguing.  But whether Senor Trump actually fits that bill remains an open question.   We’ve…

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Out With the Old… (DIA,XRT,PIR,FIT,SLV,XBI,XLE,GS,UIS,SIRI,RSX,QQQ)

Out With the Old… (DIA,XRT,PIR,FIT,SLV,XBI,XLE,GS,UIS,SIRI,RSX,QQQ)   The local authorities in my city have just notified me that my newborn son’s name is  not acceptable to them, and that I’m going to have to change it.   If ever there were a case of government overreach, this is it.   They’ve informed me that in order to keep the moniker that I’ve longed to give him, I’ll have to go to the courthouse on my own time and at my own expense to have the child’s name officially registered before a judge.   If, of course, the judge agrees. In this day and I age, there’s no shortage of asininity in the world.  I can be…

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The Lord Giveth… (QQQ,DIA,VOX,HYG,CBOE,KKR,FB)

The Lord Giveth… (QQQ,DIA,VOX,HYG,CBOE,KKR,FB)   It’s hard to find anything negative to say about a market that has been on an even-keeled, upward trajectory for the last eight years.   You can mock what underpins its strength, you can deride the foolishness of those who’ve made millions just buying and sitting put, and you can wail like a newborn over the fundamental and technical excesses that are sure (eventually) to rock the very foundations of the financial edifice and send the global economy off the edge of the planet. And eventually, we admit, you’ll be right.  The fun will come to an end.   But it’s far more likely to be a jagged up-and-down affair…

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Growing Cold and Crowing Gold (GLD,HYG)

Growing Cold and Crowing Gold (GLD,HYG)   In the same way that the mind and body can become inured to a constant barrage of negative stimuli – a crucial survival mechanism, no doubt – it can also grow insensitive to the positive.   That’s right.   And you can see this in the widespread American penchant for more, better, juicier and sweeter tasting food, a phenomenon that even manifests itself in a television channel dedicated entirely to eating!  There, you’ll learn how to make food, how to serve it, what to spice and spike it with in order to maximize your taste pleasure, and all in the name of moving your tastebuds further out the…

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High Yield Meat (HYG,SLV)

High Yield Meat (HYG,SLV)   Some assumptions are safer to make than others.   Until recently, for example, it was assumed that the financial markets would automatically be backstopped by the Federal Reserve and Treasury at the first sign of distress.  After all, we went through several rounds of Quantitative Easing, state-initiated bond purchases, government directed corporate bailouts and more over the last seven years, so why shouldn’t the process continue?   Why, indeed?   Well, it seems some at the Fed and in Washington now believe that the stimulus has to end.  With interest rates projected to bump higher several times in 2018 and the gradual reduction of the Fed’s balance sheet already commenced,…

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“The Kids Are All Right” (XBI,HYG,DIA,PRI,PFE)

“The Kids Are All Right” (XBI,HYG,DIA,PRI,PFE)   It’s the end of the year, friends, time for stock taking, and boy-oh-boy have we got a surprising summing-up on offer.   Consider first that 2017 has been a year unlike any other in this generation in terms of natural disasters, politics, intrigue and war, never mind the markets.   Globally, we’ve never seen such equity success.  Have a look – Global equity markets have done the impossible, rising 13 months straight, in an unprecedented, non-stop ballistic climb toward the succubus nebula.   The What!?   That’s right.  From the media to the Oval Office to the New York Stock Exchange, it’s abundantly clear that we’re living through…

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