On Thursday, some not-entirely-surprising news surfaced. Hedge fund manager, once a star among the gain-seeking, risk-averse crowd, is on the defensive in a big way. His fund, Pershing Square, is seeing more and more cash-outs, as investors disappointed in his results simply want to take what's left of their money and do something else with it. The specifics: Once a fund valued at a little more than $20 billion at its 2015 peak, Pershing Square's total assets under management has shrunk to a value of only $8.2 billion. Some of that is the result of investments that haven't panned out. A lot of it is the result of liquidations following this year's 8.6% loss for the fund, following only a 4% gain last year... a year in which it was difficult not to do well with stocks. Throw in 2016's 13.5% loss and 2015's 20.5% dip, it's not difficult to… more
It's been said before but it bears repeating to traders now… often times it's the subtle things that can keep you out of trouble, and keep you in a trade you might otherwise want to bail out of. And as is usually the case, we make the point and leave you with plenty to think about by using a real-life... more
Are you using FANG stocks as a market barometer, at least for the technology sector? You might want to rethink that idea. See, while all four of these names – Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix and Facebook (Google changed its name to Alphabet after the clever acronym was created) – are more or less in the same consumer-facing boat, the members of... more
Credit has to be given where it's due – they certainly know how to talk a big game. Of course, when it comes to getting results, the reality doesn't always live up to expectations. No, we're not talking about politicians (though the idea certainly applied to them as well). We're talking about hedge fund operators. They're some of the most... more
In Wednesday's Midweek Update Video, Bigtrends.com chief Price Headley dissected several charts, most of which were rallying with the market (and some of which were doing so not only despite the surge in inflation last month, but because of it). Gold was at the top of the list, and for good reason. Not only was it already in a swing... more
Do you trade by the seat of your pants, getting in and out of a position more on your gut instinct than a well-reasoned plan? Don't sweat it if that sounds a little too much like you. You're not alone. Indeed, even the most disciplined of traders can get out of his or her proven approach from time to time.... more
Over the course of the past few weeks we've followed the demise of the U.S. dollar, largely predicting it would pull back even when most others were expecting it to recover as U.S. interest rates were rising. Our thesis was, in simplest terms, the greenback erroneously rallied in 2014 and 2015 — when interest rates weren't really rising — and... more
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