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In the 2016 election vote for:



Main Slogan: “It’s The Mentality Stupid”

A SHORT-term mentality does NOT build bridges.

A SHORT-term mentality does NOT create jobs.

A SHORT-term mentality does NOT create prosperity.

A SHORT-term mentality creates NOTHING, but uncertainty, fear, angst, and hate.


Main Principle: “It’s NOT how much you make, BUT rather how LONG it took you to make it!”


Revised Capital Gains Tax:

1. Capital gains 10> years*_________5%

2. Capital gains 5 to 10 years*___________10%

3. Capital gains 2 to 5 years* **__________15%

4. Capital gains 1 to 2 years*____________35%

5. Capital gains 6 to 12 months__________45%

6. Capital gains under <6 months___55%

7.  Windfall capital gains tax ____________65% on ALL SHORT SALES not directly tied to a long buy by a regulated hedge fund.

*Quasi Buffett Rule > Anyone whose main source of ‘income’ (retired persons excluded) that comes directly from capital gains, should be taxed at never less than the 1>2 year 35% rate—no matter what the cg term length.

** Dividends are taxed at this level—15%.



Main Saying: Don’t blame the Fed… it’s not their fault we allowed a few SHORT-term traders/traitors to use QE $’s to CREATE ‘put spreads’ INSTEAD of CREATING JOBS!


The 7 Golden RulesUpdated 03/29/2016

1. Immediately, reinstate the Up-Tick Rule.

2. Crack down on naked short selling. Require stock certificate #'s when a short sale needs to be covered, including ETF’s.

                a. Stop the shorting of ALL ETF’s. This is just legalized naked shorting—makes no sense.

3. Institute some rules on how the media ’reports’ news in order to prevent rumor-boarding. Not censorship… just sensibility & responsibility.

4. Have ALL ETF’s trade on a 20-minute delayed basis. Get these instruments of mass destruction back to what they were supposed to do: mimic mutual funds. NO pre or aftermarket trading.

                a. Allow companies to OPT OUT of any ETF.  There is no reason why the issues of 1 company in an ETF should destroy all the other companies in that ETF!

5. End the insanity of high frequency trading #HFT. PULL THE PLUG NOW ON HFT! Note: Market maker algo’s are not the issue. The ABUSIVE algo’s written and run by hedge funds need to end—PERIOD!

                a. ALLOW company BUYBACKS during entire trading day. IF we’re going to allow abusive #HFT algo’s to run at open & close then at least allow companies to FIGHT BACK!

                b. ALL #HFT should be suspended 20 minutes after open and before close.

6. Do something – ANYTHING to reign in the insanity and out of control gambling of the options markets. (Note: My StIN 55% Cap Gains tax UNDER 6 months would solve this!)

7. STOCK BUYBACKS: NO “blackout periods” for companies to buy back stock during earnings season or any other time. IF ANALysts can downgrade before earnings and shorts can abuse #HFT algo’s, then companies should be allowed to fight back!


Lehman’s Principle: The confidence destruction of an entire entity based on SHORT-term re-evaluation of LONG-term holdings due to unrestricted RUMORmongering and GANG-shorting! Basically, taking a 30-YEAR something and basing it on a 30-SECOND whatever! End Mark-To-Market M2M!







Truly the MOST disgraceful BUT truthful quote of not only 2012 but the last 10 years!

“What’s more important if you’re a hedge fund manager… making your quarter or impoverishing Europe?” 06/25/2012


The Most DISGRACEFUL quote of 2012, so far!

  “Carly, stop thinking about the Nation and how good it would be for SqauwkBox!” 03/22/12

The BEST quote of 2011

 “As long as people keep putting the excess money into gold, it is not going to do any good for the economy!” 04/27/11


The Most DISGRACEFUL quote of 2011

 PANIC… that’s what we try to bring every day here!” 09/30/11


The 2nd Most DISGRACEFUL quote of 2011

 "There should be a Fast Money Nobel Prize!" 10/10/11


The Stock Room blog go to start

apppro’s take for 05/23/2016 11:30 am EST

“The Gilded Age” OR was it really “Back to the Future” for TODAY’S 1%ers?

 “Gilded Age” - Stanford White - one of the most prominent American architects during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

                “Just had to laugh! I saw the photograph.” I was watching this fantastic PBS documentary on New York City architecture during the so-called “Gilded Age” – 20yr to 30yr period after the Civil War. The main theme was around Stanford White and his influence on HIGH END buildings in and around New York City. The gist was that the major expansion and growth that occurred after the Civil War fueled major and elaborate Trump type architecture – hence the “Gilded Age”. The REAL 1%ers – JP Morgan, Carnegie, Pierpont, etc. all funded elaborate homes, office buildings, and private clubs. Mainly of these masterpieces still adorn the New York landscape.

                What really got me though was the reference on how much “inequality” there was. A VERY small percentage controlled all the wealth while everyone else lived in lower income poverty, struggling from day to day. Coupled with this was a comment: “the equalizing force was electricity”! I guess today they would say: “The equalizing force is the Internet.”

                All in all a fascinating look at the past OR do I mean the present? “Back to the Future.”


apppro’s take for 05/19/2016 07:30 am EST

Kicking that Fed Box – the cat has NO chance!

                Almost exactly 3 years to the day after Bernanke’s initial “Taper Tantrum” and when I wrote” Schrödinger's Cat—Looking inside the Fed’s Box!” on 05/15/2013 bottom of page 7, yesterday we got a quickie “Hissy Fit” over Fed Minutes that mellowed out by end of day. Things are looking somewhat non eventful this morning (Pajama traders took too much Ambient last night I guess.), but we still have Cramer to deal with in 2 hours and he can scream and rant about a stupid .25 basis point raise; and well that could throw everything into a true tantrum. Hey Cramer, “YOU KNOW NOTHING!” Also, try to remember that all those same talking head pundits that screamed back then that the Fed was nuts to raise, are NOW saying over and over: “They should have raised back then when they had the chance, now its too late!” Self-serving hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn't it!

                I’m not living in some kind of “Secret Lives of the Ultra Rich” hole! I know things are not that great out there, but I also know that the world is not ending and this moronic “Search for Armageddon” by a handful of Fast Money Traitors and George Soros is also NOT going to happen. Well, at least that is “IF” we don’t allow it!

                Now this morning we have Forex traders going nuts and this is killing the recovery for oil and other commodities. But mainly what we have is a media, mainly CNBC, that keeps pushing the fear mongering and volatility. Pundits and so-called “contributors” will come on their programs all day long spewing their fear and every time they do – HFT seeker bots hear the keywords and BAM – Mini Flash!

                All this self-created volatility just so option traders can make a quick 300% gain on something that contributes NOTHING to the REAL economy is INSANTY! Note some of my tax proposals will help cut back on all this useless gambling which is NOT Main St helpful.

                Since 2009 I kept asking in relation to the volatility and misery of crashing markets: “What have we learned?” You may remember that my answer then and NOW remains the same:





Not a damn thing!


apppro’s take for 05/17/2016 02:30 pm EST

And the “HISSY FIT” starts!

                I guess that hissy fit I mentioned earlier just started over these Fed comments:

You can reference them clearer on TradersCommunity

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apppro’s take for 05/17/2016 10:00 am EST

The MOST critical comment on rates yet!

Amoroso: We see opportunity in banks (Towards end of video)

                It’s not the 10 year rate that everyone keeps stressing over as to whether banks can make money or even the almighty NIM (Net Interest Margin); but rather it’s the short term rates—mainly the 2yr that determine most loans.

                This is why small rate increases even with a narrowing yield curve are OK for the banks and GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!! Remember, you can’t force people to borrow! Two—1/4 point raises this year should not derail anything, actually they will show the economy really is stable enough to normalize. “IF” (and that’s only an “IF” if we allow that “IF”) a few bond hedgies and HFT quant algo’s want to throw a hissy fit like they did in January; well all I can say is: “Screw us all once, shame on you! Screw us all twice, shame on ALL of us!”


apppro’s take for 05/08/2016 05:00 pm EST

Predatory #HFT Algorithmic Trading

                A few have asked me what I mean by “predatory” HFT trading. There is a HUGE difference between the Flash Boys HFT trading and “directed and predatory” algorithms. Best way to explain it is just watch this:

Predatory HFT Algorithmic Trading

This is really an add-on to below!

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apppro’s take for 05/07/2016 05:00 pm EST

OK, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Even Steve Wynn has had enough!

                For well over 7 years I have been screaming and yelling about the total disgrace of our markets. From:

· Predatory #HFT Trading, to

· Naked Short Selling, to

· NO uptick Rule, to

· The gambling, to

· The short term thinking & INSANITY, to

· Etc., etc., etc.

that the last 2 Administration’s SEC has created in OUR markets. Come on people when are we going to end this? 7 years of mediocre growth that can be directly tied back to the SHORT-term mentality and gambling of the financial markets hasn’t pissed enough of you off to say, “ENOUGH ALREADY”! OK, I understand I’m a nobody, but many others are screaming too! Here’s Steve Wynn’s last tirade, and one thing is for sure – he’s NOT a nobody!

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