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After 20 years in the retail and consumer goods sector, I became a research analyst and market strategist for Capital Ladder Advisory Group. Since 2011, I have published some 400+ articles surrounding mainstream retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Costco and more. I've covered ... more


If You Think The Market Is All Rainbows & Unicorns...
Some remarkable streaks from the S&P 500 may be tested near-term and find seasonal patterns at play. Earnings season is slowing to an end as retailers report a mixed bag of quarterly results.
E VIX Explosion Overdue Or Something Far Less Sinister?
The VIX can rise, but total Volatility complex positioning suggests it may not prove as dangerous as the media is portraying.
E Tops Are No Less A Process Than Bottoms
If the market is topping, what should you be looking for as a signal and how might one prepare for a near term top?
E It's Getting Frothy, Just The Way Santa Likes It
Extreme sentiment and weakening market breadth may spell trouble for the bull market near-term, but long-term momentum and economic fundamentals look sound.
Bulls, Bears & Market Timers Square-Off: What You Get From Froth
When markets breakout to the upside, permabears get quite upset and make last-ditch efforts.
E Breakout The Champagne! Record Highs Abound For Stock Indices!
Can seasonality and historic statistical data prove a foreshadowing of future market performance to come. We've seen hiccups in the data and seasonal trends to-date already. Indices are at record highs, what's next?


Latest Comments
What Ails Macy's And The Other Department Store Stocks?
3 days ago

Title of the article doesn't find the article itself answering or lending itself in any way toward answering the question. Clearly, "online" is not the only problem, but thanks for spending 2 sentences on it sir.

In this article: DG, HD, JWN, KSS, M, TGT, WMT, GPS
Google (Alphabet) In Bid To Buy Fitbit
18 days ago

There has not been a time over the last 4 years that Park has not been working on health care deals, yet no more than 1% of total annual revenues have been captured in the healthcare applications sector. You might do yourself a favor and read my works an all things related to Fitbit's initiatives in digital health over the last 3-4 years. None of which have amounted to material revenues as the total addressable market simply isn't what the average person thinks it to be.

Google (Alphabet) In Bid To Buy Fitbit
20 days ago

Sales for Fitbit are only likely to continue to falter long-term as is the case historically for all one-trick hardware centric entities. They have deals and partnerships every year, none of which lend themselves to any meaningful increase in demand, ever.

Google (Alphabet) In Bid To Buy Fitbit
22 days ago

Fitbit has the technology for battery life that is desired most by google, they made this acquisition about 18 months ago and it is why the Ionic and Versa can last 5 days without charging. Google understands without this added feature most critical to the ecosystem it has no potential to grow its smartwatch category sales. The technology also has clinical applications that stretch beyond Philips, Johnson Mead etc. Homework, homework.

VIX Speculators Boosted Their Bearish Bets For 7th Time In 8 Weeks
23 days ago

Welcome to review my works and such. Written extensively on the top of the VIX and market volatility complex as an asset class for several years. I'm not attempting to detract from the articles content and general purpose, but encouraging folks to better align content with the greater trading and investing disciplines that are repeatable within the volatility complex.

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VIX Speculators Boosted Their Bearish Bets For 7th Time In 8 Weeks
24 days ago

Thanks for the response, but the definitions aren't aligned with actual market participation. I understand the nomenclature and colloquialisms assigned by the market over time, but the reality is far different. Speculating on VOL Futures moving lower over the course of a typical 30 day cycle is far from speculative, given term structure's history of existing in contango over 85% of the time. In other words, is the greatest probability. Anyway, always interested in how folks view black and white stats. Thanks again.

In this article: VIX
VIX Speculators Boosted Their Bearish Bets For 7th Time In 8 Weeks
24 days ago

How do you figure they are "speculators"?

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Demographic Sweet Spot Says Bull Market Could Last Until 2035
1 month ago

In terms of everything shy of demographics, I can align with the premise for market direction. But demographics? One literally has blind themselves from the terminal birth rate, aging population and affects of the millenial trends in family formation as well as technology which serves as a tremendous headwind for general consumption trends when compared to the period just prior to the turn of the Century. Having said all that, how is we defend the outlook based on demographics, as when we compare these issues with that of the baby BOOM generation, they have almost no representable alignment of favor?

In this video: IEF, DJI, SPX
Rate Cut Odds Dip Below 50% From 92% A Week Ago
2 months ago

You really need to understand what you're blogging about better. Repo rate matters.

Auto Sales Surge 1.8% In August, Spending Flat Ex-Autos
2 months ago

ex autos, but no commentary on the gas price fluctuation impact. Always puts and takes, always.

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