The Rule-Breakers Exposed

Let’s take a breath together. Let’s keep things simple. And let’s look at what’s obvious in the markets today. If you’re in the process of making fancy plans… you might need this more than you know.

By Vic Lederman, analyst, True Wealth


It’s a funny thing about people…

They make life more complicated than it ought to be.

I’ve seen it over and over again. I’m guessing you have, too. People just can’t help but monkey with things… And finance is no exception.

These days, people seem to be looking for fancy ways to profit during the current health crisis. Some of them might work out. But too often, getting fancy ignores the obvious. And that, my friends, is risky business.

So, let’s take a breath together. Let’s keep things simple. And let’s look at what’s obvious in the markets today.

If you’re in the process of making fancy plans… you might need this more than you know.

Let’s get started…


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Correlations have gone to 1.

That’s the finance way of saying that assets are moving together. It’s a non-normal state for the market. But it tends to happen during a crisis.

In normal times, different market sectors perform differently. They perform based on their own merits… And that means some do well, and some do poorly. Most days we take it for granted. It’s how things should be, and it’s logical.

But in rare instances, everything gets moving in the same direction. That tends to happen when a crisis unfolds. So it’s no surprise that today is one of those times.

We can see this by looking at some basic charts…

In our first chart, the bold blue line is the S&P 500 Index. It’s our measure for the stock market. And it’s what you should be comparing the other lines against.

We’re comparing real estate and technology stocks to the market as a whole. And you can see that the other two lines are clearly following the same path…

In normal times, this chart would look like a mess. The lines would be all tangled up. And it would be darn tough to say they were moving together.

Today, the opposite is true. The chart clearly shows that real estate and technology stocks are following the broader path of the market. That’s what it looks like when correlations go to 1.

We can even see this behavior in sectors that you’d expect to have an upper hand during the crisis. Take a look…

Now we’re looking at biotech and health care stocks. You might expect these sectors to do better than most in this current health crisis… But just like before, they’re generally following the path of the market.

This should get your attention. The broad market is telling us which way darn near everything is headed.

What do you do with this? One option you have is to try to get fancy. For instance, you might be able to find individual winners with big outperformance in these sectors. Maybe you’ll find the one health care company that’s better positioned than all the rest.

There’s a simpler option, though: Find the few things that aren’t following the market… and buy those.

Two sectors out there have clearly taken a different path from everything else. You can see both of these “rule breakers” in the chart below…

This time, we’re comparing the market to gold and Chinese stocks. And it might surprise you… But as you can see, gold and China are playing by a different set of rules.

This is the kind of “plain as day” observation that many investors are missing right now. They aren’t looking for what’s obvious. So they’re ignoring this opportunity.

Now, we could debate the “whys” behind these sectors. But that’s beside the point. We don’t need to get fancy to see what’s in front of us.

You need to pay attention to the sectors that are playing by different rules. That’s the case for gold and China right now… And it makes them two places you should consider investing in as this crisis continues to unfold.

Kyle Dennis Dollar Ace Program – Stocks and Sectors I’m Watching Right Now

Kyle Dennis (Dollar Ace Strategy) wants to show you what sectors and stocks he’s watching at these levels, and how he has been able to lock down winners in this market environment.

After yesterday’s price action, and the market’s attempt to add to Monday’s gains today, many traders are wondering if they should buy into this rally?

To be honest with you, of course, I’ve been following the overall market… but I haven’t been stalking out for plays that move with the overall market.

Why?

I know how quickly the market could turn with the catalysts on the table right now. Instead of trying to pick tops or bottoms in the market, I’ve been looking at other areas for opportunities.

Today, I want to show you what sectors and stocks I’m watching at these levels, and how I’ve been able to lock down winners in this market environment.

What I’m Watching At These Levels

At these levels, I believe it’s important to keep an eye on sectors and stocks that don’t necessarily move with the overall market, as I stated earlier.

Right now, I’ve got a lot on my watchlist…

The thing is, I’m not placing random trades on the stocks I’m watching. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to come to me. What do I mean by that?

Well, I follow the flow of money and I believe it gives me an idea of where some of Wall Street’s largest players are throwing down bets. Let me show you how it works.

How I Spotted A 60% Winner In GILD

If I see a massive order come into options on a specific stock, I quickly put it on a watchlist and send it out to Dollar Ace subscribers. For example, last week, I saw an order hit the market in Gilead Sciences (GILD).

A trader came in and purchased 943 GILD April 9 $85 calls for $0.63, that trade alone was about $60K in premium. I don’t know about you, but $60K on a bet that’s probably going to expire worthless (in my opinion) is not something to look over.

You see, at the time, Gilead Sciences (GILD) was trading in the mid $70s. What that signaled to me as someone with financial backing was expecting a large move in GILD.

Chart Courtesy of StockCharts.com

So what did I decide to do?

Here’s what I sent out in an email alert to my clients on April 2:

I bought 25 GILD April 3 $75 Calls at .80 as an idea from the Watch List. I’ll likely be out of these today or tomorrow since they also expire Friday.

I believed a move to $85 would’ve been wild in about a week. I didn’t want to place a long-shot bet. Instead, I purchased slightly out-of-the-money calls in GILD because there was a higher probability GILD could pop to $75 (and even break above it).

Well, guess what happened shortly after that alert?

GILD spiked and I locked in a 60% profit! Here’s a look at the timing of the alerts!

Chart Courtesy of StockCharts.com

If you think this is a one-off trade… It’s not because I spotted a trade-in Luckin Coffee (LK) that I believe indicated its crash.

Of course, after I saw the activity, I quickly alerted subscribers about the trade…

On Thursday, April 2, there were allegations of accounting fraud in the company… and some of my subscribers were able to profit from that catalyst.

If you want to learn more about how I find my trading opportunities, watch this exclusive training session.

How to Withstand the ‘Forced Sale’ Snowball

In today’s essay Kim Iskyan, editor Stansberry Research, will show you what “the forced sale” means – and how three simple steps can help you avoid forced sales yourself…

Only about three weeks ago, the S&P 500 plunged nearly 12%. It was the index’s third-worst percentage fall in a single day… And that was just a few days after its sixth-worst day ever (down 9.5%).

On those days, you might have found yourself asking: who is doing all that selling?

The answer? A lot of investors who don’t want to sell – but have no choice.

You see, when markets fall, they sometimes pick up downward momentum. The effect of this is something like a snowball rolling downhill. Losses build on losses, and the destruction just gets bigger – resulting in historic declines like the ones we saw last month.

This snowball effect led to the fastest-ever flip from a bull market to a bear market.

And in this case, it was partly triggered by something called a “forced sale.” Today, I’ll show you what this means – and how three simple steps can help you avoid forced sales yourself…


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A forced sale typically happens when an investor needs to sell an asset immediately – no matter the price – in order to raise cash to meet a financial obligation.

For example, say your broker lends you money to buy shares. If the value of your account falls below a certain level, you need to sell some of your holdings to raise cash to pay back your broker. This is more commonly referred to as a “margin call.”

In normal market conditions, you sell only what you want to sell, when you want to sell it. But if you’re forced to sell at once – like when you’re issued a margin call – you’re at the mercy of the buyer.

In the middle of a frenzied decline in markets, buyers can be brutally demanding. After all, there are a lot fewer of them than there are sellers. That means buyers can push the price lower and lower. So this situation leads to lower prices… which in turn triggers new margin calls… and even lower prices.

Another way of looking at this? Let’s say you buy an apartment as an investment, so you can use the rental income to cover the mortgage. Things are fine for a while. But then the local economy sours… and the real estate and rental markets weaken.

The tenant who was living in your apartment leaves, and you can’t find someone to take his place. So when the mortgage payment is due – after a few months of dipping into your savings – you wind up having to sell your car to cover the mortgage. Since you had to sell in a hurry, you get a bad price for it… But at least you’re able to make the next few payments on your rental property.

A few months later, you still don’t have a tenant. And the cash you raised from selling your car has run out. Your only choice is to sell the apartment. But you’re not alone… Other people had the bright idea of buying apartments and renting them out. They’ve also lost their tenants – and can’t pay their mortgages.

Suddenly, a lot of properties are going up for sale. There aren’t many buyers, and there are lots of desperate sellers. So you have to cut the asking price of your apartment. As a result, when it finally sells, the proceeds aren’t enough to cover the outstanding loan – so then you also have to sell your motorcycle at a fire-sale price. That’s another forced sale… and another loss.

It’s a snowball effect that can destroy your net worth faster than you can imagine.

When this happens in financial markets, it’s bad news. Many investors, both individuals and at hedge funds and mutual funds, borrow capital to buy securities “on margin.”

So if this happens on a large scale – lots of margin calls on lots of big investors at lots of banks – the forced selling can create a negative spiral that pushes markets down further.

That’s one of the reasons this new coronavirus sent the markets tumbling so far, so fast.

The markets may see more large losses in the coming days and weeks. As the forced selling starts to snowball, it will worsen these declines… And if you have money invested, there’s no sure way to escape it entirely.


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How to avoid forced sales in your own portfolio?

But you can avoid forced sales in your own portfolio, and even minimize your losses in the next pullback. The answer involves three simple steps…

Don’t buy on margin unless you’re an experienced investor.

Furthermore, if you do buy on margin (as some more aggressive investors might do), be sure you have enough cash on hand to meet a margin call – before you get one. As always, but especially in these situations, the best possible hedge is cash.

Watch your stop-loss levels.

A stop loss is the point at which you decide to sell shares, no questions asked. Choose your stops thoughtfully, so you don’t reach the point where you’re forced to sell a good company that you plan to hold for the long term. It’s a million times better to sell on your own terms and at your own time.

Ensure that your portfolio is sufficiently diversified.

Invest in assets that are uncorrelated. Uncorrelated assets tend to move independently… For example, commodities are often less correlated with stocks.

Following these three steps will help defend you from the pain of forced selling. And if you’re worried about protecting your gains in a down market, they are especially important.

But remember – these are all actions you must take in preparation. They won’t help you after the fact.

So make sure you’re putting these tips into practice… before the next snowball starts rolling down the hill.