Corrupt

That Biden doesn’t see anything wrong in his son having enriched himself with foreign governments through influence peddling speaks volumes about our next president’s values.

No question, the “swamp” is about to take back the government. Here comes corruption and double talk. They enrich themselves while trying to make you think they act to promote the public interest.

Funny thing how our politicians in Washington are all multi-millionaires while always pushing the “fight for the little guy” narrative. Yeah, right. Many of them come by their wealth after arriving in DC. So I guess Joe’s attitude toward easy money isn’t that uncommon. Nothin’ wrong with it, right?

Such a Fraud

Today’s Fascists

Today’s fascists are on the liberal side. They want to impose their group-think on the rest of us. This doesn’t mean that the crazy right-wingers are the good guys — not at all. Many of them are demented, too. It just means that it would be the liberal side that forces you to think in a particular way and who think they are always right and the rest of us wrong.

One can see this distortion clearly in the liberal press/media. It has turned the “news” into propaganda. It propagates “right think”. That’s fascism. They use “hate speech” to suppress whatever they disagree with. That’s fascism.

Money Printing

Two-Step Strangles

Don’t buy both legs of the strangle at the same time. Whichever side is getting the most stress and therefore volatility, buy that side first. Then wait for mean reversion, and when mean reversion takes place sufficiently, then buy the other side, as its volatility will then be increasing — but wait for a sufficient increase.

Traders who buy both sides of the strangle at the same time are not taking maximum advantage of volatility. If the target asset is going down hard, then the bullish side will have low volatility, so buying the bullish side simultaneously is not optimal. If the target asset is rising sharply, then the bearish side will have low volatility, so buying the bearish side simultaneously is not optimal. If the target asset is not moving much in either direction, neither side will have optimal volatility. So it is NEVER advantageous to buy both sides of the strangle at the same time.

Whichever side you buy first, leg into it instead of buying all the contracts for that side at the same time. If your contract size is, for instance, 2 contracts for each leg, then buy 1 contract first and if the target asset continues in the same direction, buy the second contract at a better strike price than the first. Do the same thing for the other leg. Don’t kid yourself that you “know” how severe a move the target asset will make in either direction. You don’t, no one does.

Naked Calls

Climate Change Disagreements

I think the real debate about climate change isn’t whether it is happening and the degree to which humans are causing it — most reasonable people agree about both — but rather what measures should be implemented to address it. There is intense disagreement about these measures.

The most divisive issue has to do with restricting our use of fossil fuels. Radicals would have us do this to a large degree, but conservatives protest this would undermine our economies and lead to hardship and poverty.

Thoughtful conservatives now have the counter argument that the real remedy here has to do with more efficient ways to extract carbon from the atmosphere — through improved soil management on a large scale, planting trees and reforestation, new carbon extraction technologies, etc., i.e., use of fossil fuels becomes a non-issue if you can extract enough carbon from the atmosphere to achieve net equilibrium.

“Our Planet”

Serenity

Don’t underappreciate calm serenity.

Marcus Aurelius noted that one can retreat into the serene haven of one’s own mind at any time.

We live in an age that dotes on excitement and entertainment, but this perspective may be harmful if taken to the extreme, and may lead one to not appreciate the very real benefits of serenity.

Those who practice some form of meditation have come around to this point of view.

In the long run, which is really more beneficial to you, excitement or peace of mind?

Xperience