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Prepared by and Scott
Writing under the nom de plume of J.L. LORD

Monday | December 16, 2019

Hello Mayumi.



YESTERDAY: December 13

The first two hours saw the markets fighting to find direction. The Minis opened lower, jumped higher on positive China news, fell once again, and then rested. After the initial two hours of movement, the market was dead quiet. The SPX was in a very tight $3 range from 10:30am to 3pm Chicago time.

The news?

The news was all over the place. At the open, China announced it was holding a press conference regarding the trade deal. They have been very quiet through the process, so traders speculated that things had to be bad. China came out and essentially reiterated what President Trump has been saying all month, so a market reversal higher took place. Then Congress had their formal meeting (again) about impeachment, and this time the market took it with a little negativity. The negative news was quickly shrugged off as more BS, and the market found its way back to unchanged. That was the day.



One of the stocks leading the market high was once again AAPL. Shares gained another $3.69 for the day, and have been setting new records most days on news that their earphones were selling much more than anticipated.


The TLT jumped higher by 1.59. This product has been going nowhere fast. It has been having huge ranges, but keeps circling the $140 price. The Fed has been adding huge amounts of liquidity to the market to stem off overnight Repo issues.


The stock has been sinking the last few days as getting the 737 re-certified has been shown to be more of a challenge than usual.


TODAY: December 16

It is Christmas season. We will be higher today. We likely will be above 3,200 in the SPX by Christmas, provided a huge surprise doesn't occur.

Everyone expect the markets to drift higher now that the media had their fun in trying to ruin the holiday with rumors of poor sales. Last year's Christmas markets were a complete disaster, but that was Fed related with Chairman Powell claiming “interest rates were far from normalized”. He wrecked the market by 20% before backing off and changing his tune. This reversal of chatter also led to the start of 2019 being a super bullish year with the SPX up 28% so far.


2019: MUCH HIGHER FROM HERE (2506.85 SPX) – (prediction made January 2, 2019) but not a straight line, and not without some volatility. Trump WILL get his wall. China will buckle and blink first. The Fed will go back on their medication, and spend time thinking about what they say (before saying it).

ARE ANY OF THESE COMING TRUE? Look at the exact words I said about “blinking first” a year ago.

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Get your suggestions in soon. We are working hard to get 2020 to have the best POT program ever, and we KNOW it will be a crazy year. We have elections, trials, a bubble going in some markets. I am expecting this to be a very volatile year – multiples crazier than this year.

Volatility = opportunity.



The FOLLOW ME TRADE class was a success, but the market was very slow and I didn't get a chance to show off. I will be surprising those who participated with another class soon. I am waiting until the market looks like it will be nuts most of the day. Actually, Friday would have been good (in hindsight) for the first two hours.


I want everyone who participated in the class to be proud of themselves. You did a good thing. A large portion of the proceeds went to an orphanage in the Philippines the company has been supporting since 2016 to buy 18 kids Christmas presents and a special holiday meal. Stratagem takes no credit in this, as this was all YOUR doing.

This means a lot to me, and I will admit I get choked up when the students and company can do things like this. Things like this move me since I read about Danny Thomas' life, and how he started St. Jude Children's hospital. We will be doing a lot of this in 2020. That is MY personal goal. Thank you.



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