The Money Game: NO! Not Everything Happens For A Reason (EP.18)

In the latest episode of The Money Game, Phil and I talk about the old cliché, ‘Everything happens for a reason’.

It’s funny because it doesn’t. Not everything happens for a reason. What’s the reason?

It’s hard for humans to accept the element of randomness. Sure, good things can happen after a tough breakup or losing your job. Like you can meet your future wife or start a successful business, all after what seemed like a negative event in your life. But connecting the 2 dots is silly.

Now, it’s perfectly natural for us as humans to want to do that, but it doesn’t make it right.

We inherently want to learn, and how I see, the best ways to learn are from experiences. Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned came the hard way, for sure. And I can think back to those moments and I’m now thankful for them. But they certainly didn’t happen specifically so I could use that information to my advantage today. They were just events that happened, that fortunately I learned from.

I think to believe that everything does happen for a reason makes you incredibly self-centered. You are a tiny spec of nothing in this massive spinning universe. To think that events all around you are happening for your benefit, or for some made up destiny of yours, seems irresponsible.

Good things happen all the time in bad scenarios. Bad things can also come as a consequence of positive events. For example, the global pandemic was horrible. Many people died, businesses were shut down and so many people have suffered, particularly mentally. BUT, in many cases, families have gotten closer together, a lot of people have gotten in better shape, with more time on their hands to exercise. Many of my friends are thriving in this environment.

That’s life. Things happen. It doesn’t have to be for a reason.

So what’s the prescription? Phil says to just live your life. Be a good person. Enjoy yourself.

We’re here. So let’s make the best of it!

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The Bitcoin Episode w/ Greg King, Founder & CEO of OSPREY Funds

Bitcoin is a market that we are very fond of here at Allstarcharts. You’ve heard me say it plenty: it’s a beautiful case study for Technical Analysis.

It’s not a company. There are no fundamentals.

And you guys have watched us analyze the behavior of Bitcoin and other Crypto Currencies since early 2016.

It’s been pretty amazing to watch and participate in a new market like this. They were telling us we were late to the party back then. They’re still saying the same thing now.

My bet is crypto is here to stay. So who better to have a conversation with than Greg King, Founder & CEO of OSPREY Funds, the newest vehicle to give investors access to this market.

This is probably one of the most fun conversations I’ve had in a long time. For me, it’s a price behavior thing, as you’re all well aware. I’m not the expert in the technology and the regulatory mechanics behind these things.

That’s why I like keeping smart folks like Greg King around! I’m also a founding investor in OSPREY Funds, so I’m fully on board with their vision. After this conversation, as you’ll see, I’m much more bullish crypto than I was before.

This was so awesome.

Enjoy!

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Let’s Talk About Bonds, Baby! w/ Larry McDonald

Whenever I want to talk about bonds, I always know just who to call. Larry McDonald is a former bond trader at Lehman Brothers and author of the book, Colossal Failure of Common Sense. I highly encourage you to give it a read, especially if you’re looking for some perspective on what really happened back in 2007-2008.

It’s no coincidence that I reached out to him to come on the podcast. Larry and I had a very timely conversation in February of last year. So with the bond market recently losing 5-6 Trillion dollars in such a short period of time, who better to talk to than by favorite bond trader.

This was fun. We talked about the current move in rates and how that’s impacting stocks and bond markets around the world. If you’re looking for color on Credit Spreads and Yield curves, this is the episode for you.

What’s better than a good conversation about bonds? 

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Understanding Your Inner Market w/ Dr. Andrew Menaker

The need to be right vs wanting to make money. Every trader has to solve this problem and it’s not easy.

On this week’s podcast I sit down with Dr. Andrew Menaker to talk about what he refers to as “Your Inner Market”.

You guys already know how much I love a good chat about investor psychology, so this was really fun for me.

I hope you enjoy!

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Weekly Town Hall Meeting w/ JC Parets & Willie Delwiche (a sneak peak at All Star Charts Plus)

This is the weekly Town Hall Meeting w/ Willie & JC for members of Allstarcharts Plus. This week we were offsite and got together in person for our video. Hope you enjoy!

We’ll be back on our regularly scheduled program next week.

If you’d like to become a Member of Allstarcharts Plus, you can find those details @ allstarcharts.com/plus

In this week’s meeting, Willie & JC discuss market breadth and sentiment and how it fits within the current volatility landscape. What are professional money managers to do in this market? Willie and JC dive in and talk about the best strategies to both profit and manage risk responsibly.

Enjoy!

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Technical Analysis Radio Interviews: Sector Rotation w/ Jonathan Krinsky

This week on the podcast, Jonathan Krinsky joins me for a chat about Sector Rotation. While the Mega-cap names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft grinded sideways, or even down, since August, the Small-caps, Mid-caps and Micro-cap names have been the leaders. What happens if the Mega-caps break out of these bases to new all-time highs? Does the sector rotation continue? Or do we then rotate into the more defensive areas like Staples, Utilities and REITs, which currently keep making new relative lows?

Where does the US Dollar fit into all this? Will a Dollar rally bust the party and end the rotation into International equities and Commodities? We discussed all of this and so much more in a very short period of time. Jonathan Krinsky is the Chief Market Technician at Bay Crest Partners and puts out research for many long/short equity fund managers. He’s a CMT like me and we’ve known each other for many years. His perspective on markets always adds value.

This was fun. Enjoy!

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