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JakilaTheHun (99.90)

June 2009



What Happened to the "Favorites" Tab Options?

June 25, 2009 – Comments (10)

The other day, I noticed that one of my favorite CAPS tools had been altered.   You see ... the "Favorites" tab is my favorite tab.  I use it several times a day on average.  I'm not sure if it's a TMF error or part of a redesign, but for whatever reason, it's been altered.  Now, despite being logged on, I get the view of the "Favorites" tab from the perspective of another user.  The difference is that another user will see icons of all your "Favorites", whereas, you used to get a spreadsheet-like menu that you could sort in various ways.  You also had the option to see who had added you as a favorite.   [more]



Isle of Capri Casinos: An Intriguing Case in Valuation and a Good Red Thumb

June 24, 2009 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: ISLE

Isle of Capri Casinos is an intriguing case in equity analysis. I became interested in this after seeing the chart showing the huge run-up. Still, it's historically cheap by levels in 2006 and 2007; but we all know by now that those levels were based on sheer fantasy.   [more]



Why Technical Analysis is the Astrology of Investing

June 18, 2009 – Comments (35)

This was originally a response to a comment on Anchak's recent blog.  Visit that link if you want to read more. This blog explains some of my reasoning as to why I believe technical analysis (TA) is essentially equivalent to practicing astrology and provides no significant value to investors:  [more]



No More Biotech Shorts for JakilaTheHun (Damn You HEB!)

June 05, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: HEB

From this day forward, I will short biotech stocks no more forever!  [more]



What's the Safety Valve Now? (And Questions on Corporate Bonds)

June 04, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: LQD , HYG , UBD.DL2

On top of playing CAPS, I manage a $10 million simulated portfolio on  I've done pretty well over the past six months, earning a 70%+ return mostly by buying into a lot of (what the market perceived to be) medium- and higher- risk securities.  Due to my strategies, however, I always like keeping some level of liquidity so that I can pick up deep bargain stocks if I happen to come across any.  Cash is one way to do that, but given my belief that high inflation was a possibility in the US at some point, I decided to split my liquid "safety net" between cash and gold/silver.  Once gold had its run-up, I began questioning the safety of it, as well, and shifted a lot of my gold cash into oil funds (USO and USL).    [more]



MarineMax: Boating Liquidation Sale of a Lifetime?

June 03, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: HZO

The odd thing about investing is that it is often a counter-intuitive pursuit. You may realize that a certain company has favorable prospects moving forward, but if the market has already priced these expectations into the price of a security, are you really getting a good value? Oftentimes, the answer is “no.” ... buying into a company with horrifying bleak near-term prospects might seem suicidal but if the price is right, then why not?  [more]

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