April 21st, 2014
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[Ever consider stuffing money in your mattress to guard against a banking collapse? Here’s a guest editorial from our friend Erich Simon that suggests you might be better off taking your nest egg and buying…a bunch of mattresses. We’re not sure whether Erich’s point is being made tongue-in-cheek, but we are convinced, after an exchange of several e-mails, that he is a true connoisseur of bedding and accessoriesRA]

I just shelled out $2,400 for a traditional, coil-spring twin XL mattress set. Apparently I am not alone with mattress horror stories. Is the new mattress worth $2,400? I don’t know, but it’s got a 10-year warranty. Only problem with that is a $2,400 replacement mattress in ten years will be a smidgen of what I just received.  Adjusted for Net Present Value and the ongoing bleed of “quality metric,” probably a lot less, so for all intents and purposes my purchase will have depreciated down to sub-zero. Of course, if I were buying the hedonic of a new computer ten years out I would no doubt improve on existing “capacity.”

A mattress is a better barometer than a computer or a traditional store of value, including gold. Mattresses consume scarce resources like cotton and petroleum. Mattresses are something everybody needs, and they wear out and have to be replaced. Mattresses are not purely “frivolous tangibles” and speak to the Means of Production (MOP) in our factoried society. They are price-pointed to exhaustion on the demand side. Labor costs, like everything else, while in the short term can fall from layoffs, will only continue to rise as increases in the minimum wage are passed through the pipeline. » Read the full article


TODAY'S ACTION for Friday

Goldman’s Death Dive?

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 7:32 am GMT · 1 comment

Although we shouldn’t get our hopes too high, technical evidence presented in today’s tout for Goldman Sachs suggests that the stock could be on its way to oblivion. A further fall of $31 from current levels seems plausible in any case, so let’s stay on top of the stock for now, the better to leverage the move.


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ESZ11 – December Mini S&P (Last:1247.75)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 7:59 am GMT

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USZ11 – December T-Bond (Last:140^29.)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 10:11 am GMT

December T-Bond (USZ11) price chart with targetsThe 140^14 correction target drum-rolled here yesterday has been exceeded by eight ticks, or a quarter of a point. Ordinarily, because the pattern associated with that target is so clear, we might infer from even so small an overshoot s that significantly lower prices impend. In this case, however, we’ll reserve judgment for now, since there was an important low at 140^02 (November 13)  helping to pull the futures down.  Which is to say, the “magnetic” attraction of that low overpowered the Hidden Pivot support.  Now, the  December contract would need to hit 142^04 today to get out of immediate jeopardy, since that’s what it would take to generate a bullish impulse leg on the hourly chart.

GCG12 – February Gold (Last:1749.40)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 10:31 am GMT

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SIH12 – March Silver (Last:33.245)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 10:37 am GMT

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$DXY – NYBOT Dollar Index (Last:79.89)

by Rick Ackerman on April 21, 2014 5:25 am GMT

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$ESM14 – June E-Mini S&P (Last:1861.50)

by Rick Ackerman on April 21, 2014 3:39 am GMT

Late Sunday night, it’s anyone’s guess whether DaBoyz are fixing to run stops above the 1867.50 peak shown. That’s assuming there’s enough short-covering fear to pull it off, which appears not to be the case at the moment. Far more ambitious would be a push above the April 4 peak at 1892.50 to new all-time highs.  Assuming that’s about to happen, it’s highly doubtful it will be by way of an impulse leg that exceeds both of the peaks in a single, unpaused leap.  More likely is a push today above peak #1 that would probably spell death-by-Chinese-water-torture for shorts in the days ahead. In any event, your trading bias should be bullish above 1867.50, with entry based on whatever uptrending ABC ‘camouflage’ patterns you can find on charts of 15-minute degree or less. Keep in mind that the first such opportunity signaled, as opposed to one further along in the uptrend, would be the least risky to trade.

$GCM14 – June Gold (Last:1295.10)

by Rick Ackerman on April 21, 2014 2:49 am GMT

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$USM14 – June T-Bond (Last:134^01)

by Rick Ackerman on April 2, 2014 3:21 am GMT

We don’t pay much attention to this vehicle other than at key turning points, but the short-term pattern shown looks like a lay-up for traders who see futures contracts as no more than bouncing dots on a chart, waiting to be exploited. There are actually two trade possibilities here: 1) a ‘camouflage’ short as USM slips below the 132^13 midpoint; 2) and a very tightly stopped long from within a tick or two of the 131^17 target. Good luck!  Please report any fills in the chat room so that I can establish a tracking position for your further guidance. ______ UPDATE (3:17 p.m. ET): The short was tricky to initiate, but once aboard, your reward came quickly with a drop to a so-far low at  131^26. As noted above, the short should be covered and reversed near 131^17. ______ UPDATE (April 6, 3:57 p.m.): The low of Friday’s violent price swings was 131^21 — not quite close enough to have gotten you long easily. Although this could prove to be an important low for the short- to intermediate term, under the circumstances I’ll assume no subscribers were filled. _______ UPDATE (April 11, 1:03 a.m.): Next important stop on the way higher: 135^17. _______ UPDATE (April 20, 11:10 p.m. ET): Last week’s fleeting stab to 135^10 came within less than a quarter-point of my target — close enough for us to consider it fulfilled. It took the futures more than a month to get there, so we should expect this correction-or-worse to last for at least a week or so before bulls attempt to push T-Bonds to new recovery highs.

HGK14 – May Copper (Last:2.9820)

by Rick Ackerman on March 31, 2014 12:20 am GMT

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