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John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in ... more

Biweekly Strategy Webinar Q&A

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

Below please find subscribers' Q&A for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader June 6 Global Strategy Webinar with my guest and co-host Bill Davis of the Mad Day Trader. As usual, every asset class long and short was covered. You are certainly an inquisitive lot, and keep those questions coming!

Q: What does the coming Kim Jong-un summit with North Korea mean for the market?

A: It means absolutely nothing for the market. The entire North Korean threat has been wildly exaggerated as a distraction from the chaos in Washington. So, you may get a one- or two-day rally if it's successful. If it's not expect a one- or two-day sell-off, but no more. Whatever North Korea agrees to, we will not see any follow through; they won't buy the Libyan model of denuclearizing North Korea for fear of their leader meeting the same end as Libya's Khadafy (i.e. being hunted and shot in a storm drain.) North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons.

Q: What do you do at market tops?

A: Well, hopefully if you're reading this letter you're long up the wazoo, so you sell everything you have. Then, wait for a double top in the market (which is clear as day) and falling volume. You start looking at things like the ProShares Ultra Short S&P 500 ETF (SDS). That's the -2X version (there's the (SH), which is the -1X short S&P 500) and you just start buying outright puts on a lot of different things, particularly the overbought sectors of the market, which are generally pretty obvious. It's also good to look for a stock that has made a new high and has negative money flow.

Q: Why are the banks doing so poorly?

A: I believe they fully discounted all of this year's interest rate hikes last year when the stocks nearly doubled. We just talked about a technical setup; Goldman Sachs (GS), Bank of America (BAC), and other stocks had those bear setups. At this point, I believe they're coming down to a place of support and probably getting a decent dead cat bounce. They've had their sell-off, they had their run, and it was triggered by one of the best technical short setup patterns you'll see.

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