The Battle for Investment Survival

Late Vice Chairman, E.F. Hutton, Gerald M. Loeb

‘Opportunities Are Rare’

… And when you find one, you must use it to its maximum extent.’

That was the admonition from Gerald M. Loeb, in the above titled book.

It’s the exact opposite of ‘diversification’. The professional traders/speculators know this and so focus on a few or just one opportunity.

The months-long bullish hysteria in the gold market, gave an advance clue it might be a significant opportunity; the opportunity for a low-risk trade opposite the crowd (not advice, not a recommendation).

So far, that’s correct.

The gold bulls are trapped. Such events can go on much longer than anyone expects.

With that said, we’re focused exclusively on this market until it falls apart, we exit, or there’s another opportunity.

Now, on to the Senior Miners, GDX


We’ll get straight to the marked-up chart.

Looking at price action on a closing basis, the past four trading days were a test. The print high was on Tuesday (31.58) and the close high was yesterday (31.49).

The test was on underside resistance and looking at the chart, that underside was also an axis line.

Next, we see at least one trading channel with the possibility of an extension to other channel lines.

If these other channel lines are in-effect … meaning we’re really in the wider channel(s) but it’s not yet verified, that represents some serious downside potential.


The past three trading sessions allowed the opportunity to increase the short position via DUST (not advice, not a recommendation).

A previous post said that positioning was essentially complete. However, the market kept providing opportunity to go short.

Market action directs trading action. The total size (via DUST) was increased by about 8.7% (not advice, not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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The Danger Point®, trade mark: No. 6,505,279

Livermore, Wyckoff, & Loeb

Buffett’s not on the list

After thirty-four years of researching the markets, focus has narrowed to three masters from the early 1900s; providing a solid framework for addressing the markets of today.

More detail on these masters can be found at this link.

Summarizing their knowledge as follows:

Strategy, Tactics, & Focus

This update demonstrates how those tenets are being implemented.


In Livermore’s fictional autobiography (Reminiscences), he muddled around for years before identifying his niche.

That is:

‘What’s going to (or what’s likely to) happen in a big way.’

That insight has been used to identify the biotech sector as ripe for complete (and well deserved) implosion; more so than any other sector in the market.

For many months, the case continues to build for collapse.

Here’s just one more brick in the wall; providing even more support for implosion.


Wyckoff committed his entire professional life to decoding the market and its moves.

He is (as far as available data shows) the father of technical analysis.

Terms like ‘support’, ‘resistance’, ‘accumulation’, ‘distribution’, did not exist before is treatise, “Studies In Tape Reading”, published in 1910.

His bottom line:

Price is moved by a force of its own; having nothing to do (in a causal way) with fundamentals:

‘What is the market saying about itself.’

The biotech sector SPBIO, is tag-teaming with gold miners GDX (and GDXJ), for downside leadership.

SPBIO finished the week down -27.5%, from its February 9th (2021) high; running a close second to GDX, which finished the week down – 27.6%, from its August 5th (2020) high.

From a speed-of-decline standpoint, biotech’s in the lead.


Loeb’s brutal admonition was: ‘The naïve, lazy, mediocre, ignorant and the incompetent “diversify”.

His follow-on corollary was: ‘Real market opportunities are few. If one is discovered, it must be used to its maximum extent.’

Loeb’s assessment of those in the market, is not much different from Wyckoff’s:

“The average man never makes a success of Tape Reading.

Right you are! The average man seldom makes a success of anything.” (emphasis is Wyckoff’s).

From the above list, ignorance can be fixed through determination, study, tenacity and the never-ending search for (market) truth.

The others, not so much.

Using Loeb’s tenet, that is, ‘focus’, we’ve taken it and have gone short and continue to go short (not advice, not a recommendation), the biotech sector via LABD.


There’s no guarantee the short trade will work out; yielding a significant gain.

Any number of things can happen:

Internet outage, power outage, terrorist attack, supply chain and transportation shut-downs … literally, anything.

However, being short (from a personal standpoint) is better than wringing one’s hands, cowering in fear, looking to the (bought and paid for) financial media to provide direction on what to do in this unstable environment.


By using the life’s work of Livermore, Wyckoff & Loeb, its been determined, being short biotech (and possibly the mining sector) is the appropriate market stance.

With the caveat that even now, one might need to exit the trade; it still appears at this juncture, the on-going short (not advice, not a recommendation) is the most focused profit opportunity given the current environment.

Stay Tuned

Note:  Posts on this site are for education purposes only.  They provide one firm’s insight on the markets.  Not investment advice.  See additional disclaimer here.

Silver Short Squeeze, Over

Massive volume in SLV, points to significant reversal.

Not since the week of May 13th, 2011 has there been higher volume.

The week prior in 2011, was the highest volume ever, for SLV at 1.1-Bilion shares.

Those two weeks culminated in a crash over -31% and were just after SLV reached its all-time high.

Total down-draft for the three weeks combined (the top and two weeks following) was nearly -34%.

Will it be any different now?

Probably not.

At this point, it’s important to re-state, this site is following principals and techniques set down by three market masters of the early 1900s; Livermore, Wyckoff and Loeb.

Markets do not change. Using the techniques outlined by those early masters are still applicable today.

Arguably, the father of technical analysis was Wyckoff.

The terms “accumulation, distribution, support and resistance” originated from him.

His technical publications had the largest subscriber base in the States at the time; larger than all other publications combined.

At one point he got so successful, his buy or sell recommendations were beginning to move the markets all on their own. The year was 1918.

Instead of stroking his ego on how ‘his recommendations’ were affecting the markets, he saw it as a disservice to his clients.

In May of 1919, he discontinued his newsletter publication ‘The Trend Letter’. It had become so popular, it was impossible to provide recommendations without those same tips moving the market.

What a contrast to today.

Those attempting garner forces (the little guy) to move the markets, such as silver, will find out soon enough who’s in control … and it’s not them.

It’s unlikely silver is going higher any time soon. There could be some upward spasms as the crowded trade exhausts itself; it’s likely we’ve seen the SLV highs for quite some time.

Stay Tuned

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Note:  Posts on this site are for education purposes only.  They provide one firm’s insight on the markets.  Not investment advice.  See additional disclaimer here.