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This week's investment meetups include:

Technical Securities Analysts Assoc. - TSAA

John Lewis, CMT of Dorsey Wright Money Management at Golden Gate University on March 18th! Mr. Lewis is responsible for developing and implementing disciplined investment strategies used in the management of the firm's discretionary portfolios. Register NOW to reserve your spot. Cost is only $10 for TSAA-SF Members if you register through the website

Momentum Investing: Creating Strategies To Increase Return and Lower Volatility


Golden Gate University, Room 2203

536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA


Tuesday, March 18th

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Also, there will be an FREE informational webinar session on Tuesday, March 25th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm PT to introduce the new GGU FI 498S class:Quantitative Methods For Technical Trading Systems. The class and the webinar will be run by TSAA-SF member Tom McAlone and features the work of Dr. Howard Bandy!


SF Bay Area Options Group March 22, 2014 Meeting



Saturday March 22, 2014, from 9:00 AM to Noon
Room C-235, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco


1. Recap Group Charter - Ray Douglas

2. Self Introduction - Members & Guests

3. How to Run Your Very Own Private Equity Fun Using LEAPS or a Calendar Spread Strategy – Tim Martin

4. Brief Break

5. Adventures and Misadventures in Monitoring Credit Put Options – Ruth Lang


The Ides of March are certainly providing a lot of market Volatility, partially due to all the revolting people around the globe. After a minor ten-day correction, the McClellan Oscillator's negative reading gave the Irish eyes a smile today. Most "experts", in Barron's and elsewhere, seem to think there is more to go in this Bull, but especially the small caps are overbought right now. Will tomorrow's hangovers result in another whipsaw? Is the U.S. experiencing a "Fright" to safety, except for the Ruble, of course.

Sentiment, as shown in my blog: still had a couple extremes last week: the NASD to NYSE Volume ratio ( speculation) made an all time high; but the CBOE put/call ratio yanked up 15 % points, a contrarily Bullish sign - more puts traded. The VIX leapt up from 14 to 17, which is usually a coincident, not predictive number. Experts are mixed on Gold, although Commercial traders set another SELLING record last week - and both company insiders - officers and 10% stakeholders keep selling stock. Barron's optionmeister - Steven Sears- came out with a BUY on Financials, especially banks, which could persuade Congress to let them raise dividends - BAC, C, WFC.

Be careful out there---hedges make good neighbors (and portfolios).