Financial Hedge

By: Erik Swarts | Thu, Jun 9, 2011
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As David Tepper pontificates why he didn't clear the deck of all his financial holdings - consider this contrarian thought.

Is buying the banks here at the very least a hedge?

You will notice that during the early bear market days of the past decade the banks actually outperformed the swooning SPX by a wide margin. This was in part due to their complicity in the housing bubble. It remains to be seen where their business model will take them today, considering the housing market is still bleeding.

However, we know that corporate America is flush with capital and will eventually turn to the banks for distribution. And yes, it will all be quite eerily similar to the easy money days of the housing bubble. But instead of your 24 year old nephew Jimmy buying an apartment building in Newark - it will be Groupon buying GE.

Food for thought.

Price Structure: Banks:SPX-Banks-SPX
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(Positions in UUP, & ZSL)



Erik Swarts

Author: Erik Swarts

Erik Swarts
Market Anthropology

Although I am an active trader, I have always taken a broad perspective when approaching the markets. I respect the Big Picture and attempt to place each piece of information within its appropriate context and timeframe. I have found that without this approach, there is very little understanding of ones expectations in the market and an endless potential for risk.

I am not a stock picker - but trade the broader market itself in varying timeframes. I want to know which way the prevailing wind is blowing, where the doldrums can be expected and where the shoals will likely rise. I will not claim to know which vessel is the fastest or most comfortable for passage - but I can read the charts and know the risks.

I am not a salesperson for the market and its many wares. I observe it, contextualize its moving parts - both visible and discrete - and interpret.

I practice Market Anthropology - Welcome to my notes.

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