New Position ALDW

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This morning I purchased a full 10% position of ALDW for $18.73 per share. The company is on fire from cheap crude oil and a wide crack spread. Prices for refined products like gasoline have firmed up noticeably in the past month or so, and the company’s 2014 numbers were solid.

I have a full write up on ALDW coming in the next edition of the Income Investment Report (to be released this weekend) and will be releasing the analysis of this company as a freebie to the masses, as a token act of goodwill.

My cash position is down to 30%.

Started A New Position In TIS

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I purchased shares of TIS for $25.57, bringing my cash position down to 50%.

TIS is a smaller scale North American company that specializes in toiletry paper products. They have good financials and a reliable little operation. A nice little cash generating machine which, as of today, is available at an 8% discount to yesterday.

Not exciting or interesting at all, yet well positioned.

I’ve also got a hunch that companies like TIS will have surprise growth ahead. As I look at more or less the complete dissolution of an entire economy in South America, I can’t help but think that this kind of boring business will have some interesting opportunities over the next few years.

Venezuela is not going to stabilize without outside help. Maduro is too stupid to pull this off alone; the bus driver is going to need to allow some major imports of foreign goods at market prices to stabilize his economy. Or, more likely, whichever successor is first to be found standing over Maduro’s lifeless body will. An entire country is not going to be supplied by any one source, so I’d put good odds that manufacturers of basic products like this, all over North and South America, will stand to profit as supplies redirect southward.

Venezuela may be the worst, but hardly the only party here. There are a handful of similar styled countries in South America that have looming problems and will likely end up becoming ripe targets for North American supply.

Put 25% Cash To Work

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Okay today is strong. There are dark spots, like the dollar and bonds. I know I said I would wait, but if I apply just 25% cash at these levels, I could get back to even quickly enough.

So I bought BAS, HCLP, and some VOC.

75% cash.

Cash To 50%

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Something is just…wrong here. Isn’t it?

A supermarket chain in the UK dropped that much? Wouldn’t oil have helped them? Greece plunged 11%? The EURUSD is dead, plumming along at 1.24.

These are 2009 type moves we’re seeing here. I’ve been looking at each of these events in a bottle, because I was blind to the obscene money I was making. Taken together, they spell a rather dark picture.

I didn’t sell any BAS, just CCJ, VOC and HCLP. If we get a good relief rally, well…let’s just say, I’m skittish now.

Restructuring

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Something had to be done.

It is December, so I cleared my head and made some tough choices. I sold completely out of AEC, ETP, and BTU. AEC and ETP are the only two positions I have that have held up (made money, really). I don’t want to part with them, but it’s the best move.

There will be immediate cries about selling winners and doubling down on losers. This is nonsense. I’m not doubling down on anything.

The sheer magnitude of this calamity has left me with an enormous, outstanding loss for the year. It’s December – no way in hell I can absorb that loss in less than 30 days.

The only way I can view this is as a window of opportunity to cash out my winners tax free.

Cash now stands at 25%.

I’m sitting on the cash. My preference, obviously, would be to deploy into a sector not at all tied to oil and gas. But if my worst fears come to fruition, that may not be a real thing.

New Position ALDW

2,434 views

This morning I purchased a full 10% position of ALDW for $18.73 per share. The company is on fire from cheap crude oil and a wide crack spread. Prices for refined products like gasoline have firmed up noticeably in the past month or so, and the company’s 2014 numbers were solid.

I have a full write up on ALDW coming in the next edition of the Income Investment Report (to be released this weekend) and will be releasing the analysis of this company as a freebie to the masses, as a token act of goodwill.

My cash position is down to 30%.

Started A New Position In TIS

946 views

I purchased shares of TIS for $25.57, bringing my cash position down to 50%.

TIS is a smaller scale North American company that specializes in toiletry paper products. They have good financials and a reliable little operation. A nice little cash generating machine which, as of today, is available at an 8% discount to yesterday.

Not exciting or interesting at all, yet well positioned.

I’ve also got a hunch that companies like TIS will have surprise growth ahead. As I look at more or less the complete dissolution of an entire economy in South America, I can’t help but think that this kind of boring business will have some interesting opportunities over the next few years.

Venezuela is not going to stabilize without outside help. Maduro is too stupid to pull this off alone; the bus driver is going to need to allow some major imports of foreign goods at market prices to stabilize his economy. Or, more likely, whichever successor is first to be found standing over Maduro’s lifeless body will. An entire country is not going to be supplied by any one source, so I’d put good odds that manufacturers of basic products like this, all over North and South America, will stand to profit as supplies redirect southward.

Venezuela may be the worst, but hardly the only party here. There are a handful of similar styled countries in South America that have looming problems and will likely end up becoming ripe targets for North American supply.

Put 25% Cash To Work

521 views

Okay today is strong. There are dark spots, like the dollar and bonds. I know I said I would wait, but if I apply just 25% cash at these levels, I could get back to even quickly enough.

So I bought BAS, HCLP, and some VOC.

75% cash.

Cash To 50%

886 views

Something is just…wrong here. Isn’t it?

A supermarket chain in the UK dropped that much? Wouldn’t oil have helped them? Greece plunged 11%? The EURUSD is dead, plumming along at 1.24.

These are 2009 type moves we’re seeing here. I’ve been looking at each of these events in a bottle, because I was blind to the obscene money I was making. Taken together, they spell a rather dark picture.

I didn’t sell any BAS, just CCJ, VOC and HCLP. If we get a good relief rally, well…let’s just say, I’m skittish now.

Restructuring

889 views

Something had to be done.

It is December, so I cleared my head and made some tough choices. I sold completely out of AEC, ETP, and BTU. AEC and ETP are the only two positions I have that have held up (made money, really). I don’t want to part with them, but it’s the best move.

There will be immediate cries about selling winners and doubling down on losers. This is nonsense. I’m not doubling down on anything.

The sheer magnitude of this calamity has left me with an enormous, outstanding loss for the year. It’s December – no way in hell I can absorb that loss in less than 30 days.

The only way I can view this is as a window of opportunity to cash out my winners tax free.

Cash now stands at 25%.

I’m sitting on the cash. My preference, obviously, would be to deploy into a sector not at all tied to oil and gas. But if my worst fears come to fruition, that may not be a real thing.

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