So, I’m sitting here agonizing over whether I should sell short the US Treasury bond market (TLT) once again.
Thanks to the bombshell Israel announced alleging the existence of a secret Iranian nuclear missile program, oil has rallied by 2%, the US dollar has soared, and stocks have been crushed.
The (TLT) has popped smartly, some 2.5 points off of last week’s low, taking yields down from a four year high at 3.03% down to 2.93%.
The report is probably based on false intelligence, which is becoming a regular thing in the Middle East. Suffice it to say that the presenter, prime minster Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, may soon be indicated on corruption charges. Clearly, they are going ‘American” in the Holy Land.
But for today, the market believes it.
You can understand me chomping at the bit, as selling short US government bonds has been my new rich uncle since the market last peaked in July, 2017.
I just ran my Trade Alert History over the past nine months and here is what I found.
I sent you 38 Trade Alerts to sell short bonds generating 18 round trips, AND EVERY SINGLE ONE WAS PROFITABLE!
In total, these Alerts generated a trading profit of 216%, or 21.62% of my total portfolio return.
That means 35% of my profits over the past year came from selling short Treasuries.
You should do the same.
—– Related —–
Grab this new book before the stocks researched EXPLODE…and you miss out!
Some call him the ‘founder of the modern day hedge fund’, and his prowess for picking stocks that fly under the radar is unprecedented.
In his brand new book and newsletter, you’ll get his latest explosive picks AND research that will give you the edge to make the trades that you’re truly seeking!
This is free, and includes free in-depth newsletter research.
Falling Treasury prices have been one of the few sustainable trends in financial markets during the past year.
Stocks rallied, then gave up a chunk. Gold (GLD) has gone nowhere. Only oil has passed as a sustainable trade, thanks to successful OPEC production quotas which have been extended multiple times.
Texas tea is up an admirable 67% since the June $42 low. And who was loading up on crude way down there?
Absolutely no one.
Of course, I have an unfair advantage as a bond trader, as I have been doing this for nearly 50 years.
I caught the big inflation driven fixed income collapse during the 1970’s, which had a major assist then from a rapidly devaluing US dollar.
That’s when they brought out zero-coupon bonds, effectively increasing our leverage by 500% for virtually no cost. Principal only strips followed, another license to bring money on the short side.
The big lesson from trading this market for a half century is that trends last for a really long time. The bull market in bonds that started in 1982, when ten-year yields hit 14%, lasted for 33 years.
As we are less than three years into the current bear market the opportunities are rife. We are very early into the new game. This one could last for the rest of my life.
The reasons are quite simple. The fundamentals demand it.
1) The Global Synchronized Recovery is accelerating.
2) The Fed will start dropping on the bond market in the very near future $6 billion a month, or $200 million a day, worth of paper in its QE unwind.
3) Tax cuts will provide further stimulus for the US economy.
4) With the foreign exchange markets now laser focused on America’s exploding deficits, a weak US dollar has triggered a capital flight out of the US.
5) We also now have evidence that China has started to dump it’s massive $1 trillion in US Treasury bond holdings.
All are HUGELY bond negative.
All of this should take bonds down to new 2018 lows. What we could be seeing here is the setting up for the perfect head and shoulders top of the (TLT) for 2018.
As for that next Trade Alert, I think I’ll hold out for a better price to sell again. What’s the point in spoiling a perfect record?