Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

There it is. We are done with 2017 and are now into 2018. An end to a tumultuous year in every way and the beginning of another year that I think will be equally tumultuous in every way. 

Last week, the major indices finished on a sour note as the noise in techland got even more deafening. Combine the noise shouting with thin trading volumes and techland was on sale pretty much the entire week. Some will say, not on sale but being tossed out at any price. So be it. On sale or thrown away in the rubbish heap, techland stocks are now very cheap and the China basket is even cheaper as earnings for the entire sector have been trending higher while stock prices in techland have been trending lower. Opportunity is knocking yet again in the sector. 

The account finished 2017 with a gain of 189.8% and an ending balance of $772,946, after finishing 2016 with a gain of 168.4%. The account was funded with $100,000 on February 1, 2016. 

However impressive that may be (or may not be for some), I am not pleased with the fact that the last month of 2017 was a big drag on performance for the account. Ending the year on a stumbling note is not how I would have liked to have ended the year. That will not happen again.

I do expect 2018 will continue to be dominated by fake news and increased volatility given the fact that the indices are hovering near all-time highs. Not just at home but all over the world as well. Like 2017 and 2016, 2018 will be a year for stock picking and timing. The days of throwing a dart at a bunch of names are long gone and with that so is the easy money. 

I keep stressing that our business is the toughest in the world bar none, and nothing that transpired in 2017 has changed that fact. Actually, it has been proven yet again if one were to look at technology funds out there, most of which have barely beaten the indices. 

For 2017:

The S&P was up 18.4%

Nasdaq was higher by 27.2%

Dow up 24.4%


FB +51.7%

AAPL +45.7%

AMZN +54.2%

NFLX +53.6%

GOOGL +31.4%


BIDU +41%

BABA +93%

TCEHY 117%

SINA 64%

The account ended 2017 up 190% on the year and the ending liquidation value ( or the beginning value for 2018) is now at $772, 946. Not too shabby given the fact that I funded the account with $100,000 23 months ago (Feb 2016). 

The account took a pummelling in December thanks to tech being hated/used as an ATM yet again all month, and China aversion also picking up steam as the last month went on. Things in techland were especially torrid on the last week of 2017 with fake news in the sector rising to rabid pitch. 

Be that as it may, I am really upset at how the year ended for the account and it shall never happen again. That is my New year Resolution for 2018.  

The fake news will continue this year and beyond as long as it continues having an effect. The only way to combat fake news is to stop reacting to it and given how irrational/manipulated our markets are, I don't see that happening anytime soon. 

One thing is for certain; I have my work cut out for me in the year ahead and our business has become even harder than it has ever been. To that I say with the utmost humility, "Chuckles, bring it on."

Nothing is easy in our business but that is and has always been our playing field. 

We have had a great ride the last two years and I am looking forward to another great (maybe even greater) ride alongside each and every one of you in 2018.

Happy New Year to you and yours and I wish each and every one of you all the happiness and success in the world for 2018 and beyond.


Weekly Update Ended Jan 6, 2018 & Potential Split In The Account

Good Morning!

The first week is in the bag and already all the standard Wall Street shite is all over the place. "As the first day goes, so goes the rest of the year." As the first week goes, so goes the rest of the year." It's all a load of crock. It is what it is, as far as a nice way to start the year and that is all.

Of course, on the flip side you have the negative nellies who will say the market is over-valued (it is not)and it needs to rest (not techland given that it's just starting there) or that the markets need to pullback (sure, at some point Chuckles and gang will pull back). However, these same folks have been talking about it for years (corrections, pullbacks, crashes and who knows what else) and all they have done is cost those who listened to them so much money, it should be a crime.

Anyways, it is what it is. We all have different opinions and that is what makes markets, no?

Last week, the main account finished up $125,272 or 17% higher on the week. The liquidation value is at $895,498 as of Jan 5, 2018, and of that, $490,066 is in cash.

The mini-account finished the week up 11% and as of January 5, 2018, has a liquidation value of $8,150. Cash is at $6.770.

Please note I am not going to be combining the results anymore. As far as I am concerned, the two accounts are separate starting January 1, 2018. 

Talking about separate accounts, I have been getting a lot of requests to set up an account that is stock (equity) only with covered call sales to generate income and I might consider that request once I huddle with the lawyers and also, of course, discuss with the BSBs. If you have any comments suggestions, please write me directly at TIA. Conversely, we can discuss it in the room if you like.

Last week:

The S&P finished up 2.6%

The Nasdaq was higher by 3.4%

and the Dow added 2.3%


FB +5.9%

AAPL +3.4%

AMZN +5.1%

NFLX +9.4%

GOOGL +5.4%


BIDU +4.7%

BABA +10.8%

TCEHY +7.6%

SINA +12.1%

Our futures (e-mins) are down 4.25 after flitting between red and green all morning (very early) and Nazz futures are down 9 points as investor psyche is still as nervous as a cat in a roomful of Dobermans.

I can't blame them at all. 

However, there are a lot of names in techland that are still very, very cheap no matter all the copious crying/weeping and dire threats/warnings and cryptic warnings from the always-short-but-never-wrong-and-never-a-loss gang.

Cest la vie.

See all of you in the room shortly.


Weekly Update Ended Jan 13, 2018 & An Important Update

Good morning:

Two weeks in and already so much has happened. Tech love has come back all of a sudden although those of you who have been with me the last couple of years shouldn't be too surprised. All of December, we had absolute tech apathy at best and tech hatred at worst, depending on one's perspective and the negative nellies/ninnies/know-it-alls keep talking the end of techland, however, things always get better and getting better they are in techland.

Of course, we go through these cycles where tech goes from buy-at-all-cost to sell-as-fast-as-you-can status in a heartbeat. It makes very little sense but that is exactly how the playing field has been set by Wall Street. They want Ma and Pa chasing tech well after the run has begun and when the switch is flipped also bailing out when they should be hanging on.

Churn, baby, churn is the mantra on Wall Street and generate those commissions for the firms is what drives the Wall Street Machine.

In addition, along the way, we have the sweaty-palmed swamis, the pontificating pundits, the gushing gurus, and the always-short-never-wrong-and-never-a-dime-lost cabal, trying their best to scare you out of making money.

It's all good though and all part of our daily working lives.

I have been saying for a couple of years that the going gets even harder going forward and nothing has changed my mind on that. It will get even harder going forward and the fake news/negative news/downright lies will get even more strident and frequent as there are many folks who have missed the rally for YEARS. These folks are angry. Very angry. They will resort to absolutely anything to try and bring the markets down. 

"En garde!" is the best term that applies here for each and every one of us. 

The account (main) finished last week with a liquidation value of $1,034,479 and is now up 35% or $232,513 for 2018. Cash is now at $555,661 and will increase even further going into January expiration (Friday). I will certainly get called out of my VIPS equity position (covered call sale). 

The mini account finished the week up 20% and has a liquidation value of $8,782. Cash in the mini-account is $6,770.

I have the approval to split the main account into two separate accounts-one for options and the other for equity including income generating through call sales. The equity account is being set up as you read this email.

Starting next week, we will have three accounts, main, equity, mini. 

It's important to remember that all three accounts are actually spawned off the initial account I had set up and funded back on Fen 1, 2016 with a starting capitalization of $100,000. So, in less than 24 months, that amount has increased to $1,043,261 (main plus mini) or more than a 10x return on the initial investment.

In addition, these results have been achieved with as little risk as one can possibly take in an options only account. That is, almost half in cash at almost all times and obviously, never any use of margin either. 

Not shabby, even if I say so myself. 

Anyways, that is all behind us now and we work in a business that asks daily, "what have you done for me lately?"

So back to business.

Last week:

The S&P was up 1.6%

The Nazz was jiggy for 1.7%

The Dow champed ahead by 2%


FB down 4.8%

AAPL up 1.1%

Bezos (AMZN) up 6.2%

Flixsta (NFLX) up 5.2%

GOOGL up 1.9%


BIDU up 3.3%

BABA down 2.5%

TCEHY up 1.8%

SINA flat.

Our futures (e-mins) are up 13.5 and Nazz futures are higher by 39 with about 3 hours to go before the opening bell sounds.

We are now officially open for earnings season and this week we will hear from the likes of  C, CSX today, BAC, GS, HMI, USB. AA tomorrow, TSM, FAST, ADTN, PLXS, IBM, MS, CP on Wednesday, TSM, SLB, STI and KSU on Thursday and last but not the least, WIT on Friday.

See all of you in our little chat room. 

Be safe


Weekly Update Ended January 27, 2018

End of the first month in 2018 and already so much has happened. Tech is no longer dreck and has become the go-to sector it seems. At least thus far in 2018 it has.

The one exception to the tech love is Apple. Fruity continues to confound and confuse with almost every sellsider on the Street having either thrown in the towel for this current (March) quarter and/or ducking and diving for cover by playing the CYA game. The naysayers are out in droves and the fake news purveyors are also having a field day. Most of that blame has to lie on the narrow shoulder of Tim Cook who as CEO has missed chance upon chance to take the company to greater heights. Leaving the fake news unchecked creates so much downwards pressure on the stock and I am sure so many investors are getting hurt while Timid Tim and his gang keep adding up their million with absolutely not a dime of their money ever at stake. 

Cest la vie.

This week is an absolute Yuge week for techland with most of the mega-caps reporting including Alibaba, Apple, Amazon, and Google on Thursday (BABA pre-bell). Talking about earnings this week, this is what's on tap besides many, many others:

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) )pre-bell), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Rambus (NASDAQ:RMBS) today.

 Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR), Sprint (NYSE:S) and Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) on Tuesday.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Facebook, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Boeing (NYSE:BA) and AT&T (NYSE:T) on Wednesday.

Visa (NYSE:V), GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, UPS (NYSE:UPS) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA) on Thursday.

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) on Friday.

In addition, don't forget the FOMC meeting starting tomorrow and concluding Wednesday (no change in rates expected).

We also have the State of the Union from the POTUS to help guide our trading week.

On Friday, we have the January NFP data to contend with as well.

The main/options account finished the week with a liquidation value of $608,059 and is now up $342,433 for 2018 with cash at $191, 751.

The equity account (funded on Jan 22, 2018, from the main/options account) finished the week with no trade and is sitting on $500,000 in cash.

The mini-account finished last week at a liquidation value of $8,428 and is now up 15% in 2018 and has $5,360 in cash.

The combined liquidation value of the accounts, as of Jan 22, 2018, is $1,116,487 and the three accounts combined hold $697,111 in cash. So from an initial funding amount of $100,000 on Feb 1, 2016, to over $1.1 million in just under 2 years.

Last week:

The S&P was up 2.2%

The Nazz was higher by 2.3%

The Dow climbed ahead by 2.1%


FB up 4.8%

AAPL down 3.9%

Bezos (AMZN) up 8.3%

Flixsta (NFLX) up 24.6%

GOOGL up 3.9%


BIDU up 1.6%

BABA up 11.5%

TCEHY up 4.7%

SINA up 1.8%.

Our futures are down 7.5 (e-mins) after being down 11.5 as the manipulation in the most manipulated market in the world continues unabated. 

May the trading Goddesses and Gods smile wide on all your trading/investing/dice-roll decisions this week.

See all of you in our little chat room.

Be safe


Weekly update Ended Feb 3, 2018

Good morning:

I hope each and every one of you had

Mega-cap techland earnings are behind us and by and large, numbers were pretty good. Netflix and Amazon were spectacular, Facebook and Google were good while Apple reported okay numbers (given the intense fake news and lies that went into their ER) albeit completely underwhelming. 

There was so much noise shouting and sweaty-palmed hand-wringing from the always-short-never-a-loss gang over the weekend that the end of the world is upon us given the beatdown in the markets on Friday. The fake news from that cabal focused on the FOMC statement, which they twisted around to hawkish. However, all the Fed said in that statement was that the tight job market could create an increase in wages which in turn could lead to inflation goals being achieved by 2018. To me and you that would be common sense, however, the always short gang took that as a sign that the end of the world is here. Again. Of course, they have been at it for the last 5 years or so with the same tired song and dance and cryptic messages and dire warnings.

Will our markets correct? Of course, they will. Was Friday the extent of the correction? Is there more to come? The answer to both questions is it remains to be seen. No one and I mean NO ONE can answer that for us except for with a guess. The markets have been on a tear in the first four trading weeks of 2018 and a pullback would be welcome by both sides, dark-side and those in the light.

Our portfolio is almost all cash with a combined liquidation value of all three accounts at $1,049,776 with $1,006,419 in cash.

As of February 3rd, 2018, the options account is up $277,252 or 104% and the options account has a net liquidation value of $542,878 with cash of $500,501.

As of February 3rd, 2018, the equity account is flat and the account has a net liquidation of $500,000, all of it in cash.

As of February 3rd, 2018, the mini account is down $422 or 6% and the account has a net liquidation value of $6,898 with $5,918 in cash.

I spent most of last week taking down positions and we are now extremely heavy in cash as you can see from the numbers above.

Were it not for the fact that I got caught with my pants down with a long position in Apple, 2018 would have been an almost perfect beginning for me. I guess the $16 or so point slide in the shares going into the ER print had me thinking that it could not get any worse. I WAS WRONG. It can and often does and did get worse. Will never happen again. In hindsight, the slide makes perfect sense (even putting aside the fake news and lies from folks like Kuo of KGI and Nikkei Asian et al) given the fact that Netflix and Amazon and even Google and Microsoft are getting into every possible area that makes sense for future growth while Apple management asks investors to make animojis of themselves. Give me a freaking break, Tim(id) Cook.

Last week:

The S&P was down 3.4%

The Nazz was lower by 3%

The Dow dropped 4.1%


FB absolutely pancaked.

AAPL got killed for 6.7%

Bezos (AMZN) up 2% after all that excitement

Flixsta (NFLX) down 3%

GOOGL down 5.8%


BIDU hammered down 10.4%

BABA dropped 9%

TCEHY down 8.5%%

SINA dropped 8%.

Our futures are down 8.5 (e-mins) after being down 2x earlier this morning as investors try to figure out whether this is The Big One. 

From where I sit, the markets might head a bit lower from here or they may not. What is certain is the fact that the global economic recovery is only just beginning and the Central Banks (including our asinine Fed) would be crazy to hike rates too fast and derail that recovery. The "correction" last week was the typical over-reaction/manipulation we see in our markets from time to time. That is not to say that the downwards move stops here and now. All I am saying is that from a fundamental perspective the markets should continue higher once this pull-back has run its course.

I have been saying for years that our markets are extremely difficult and this is the hardest way to make a living. Yes, even more than surgeons or any other job in the world. This last week yet again hammers that point home. 

We have to be extremely careful going forward as the always-short-never-wrong-never-a-penny-lost gang will be out in force trying to scare investors into heading for the hills. The fake news purveyors and the financial press will be at their breathless best in trying to convince everyone how bad things are in the big, bad world. So, en garde it has to be even more so than normal.

May the trading Goddesses and Gods smile wide on all your trading/investing/dice-roll decisions this week.

See all of you in the chat room.

Be safe