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Erik Swarts

Erik Swarts

Contributor since: 04 Apr 2011


Erik is an active trader, who has always taken a broad perspective when approaching the markets.

  • Centrifugal Forces

    Published 15 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It's never a panacea - but its the only game in town. They are merely blunt instruments working along the fringe. A bazooka here, a…

  • The Tail of the Euro

    Published 12 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Now that I've alienated the readership of economists worldwide (previous piece - nothing personal, they are typically some of the nicest market folk in everyday…

  • Eyes Wide Open

    Published 09 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As a geologist, I can appreciate the fundamental underpinnings that make up the energy and metal components of the CRB Index. The arcs of exploration,…

  • Social Darwinism

    Published 06 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It's comforting to know that the market still conforms to both natural (gravity) and social (darwinism) law. And while I would never wish liquidation by…

  • Trade like Peyton

    Published 05 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Another day, another decline for silver - another margin hike by the CME. This is what the back side of a parabolic commodity market feels…

  • Bear Market Driving

    Published 04 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    "I believe the very best money is made at the market turns. Everyone says you get killed trying to pick tops and bottoms and you…

  • Fade the Institutions

    Published 03 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Dollar willing, one scenario that appears ever more likely to gain traction over the coming weeks is a break in the macro commodity trade. And…

  • Violence Begets Violence

    Published 02 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Violence erupted in the silver market last night in Asian trading. And while the trading volume was thin due to many Asian markets being closed…

  • Taking Shelter

    Published 28 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Although I am quite bullish over the long term for the US equity markets, I believe we are imminently about to be hit by a…

  • Waiting on a Train

    Published 26 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Cut your losses quickly. As a trader, you hear it as often as, "Have a nice day." The problem with these axioms is that they…

  • Time - the Great Revelator

    Published 23 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Quite serendipitously, I found myself at the ripe age of 21 riding a significantly underpowered motorcycle through the frontier states of the American and Canadian…

  • Love/Hate

    Published 21 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    To a certain degree, we are all slaves to the 24 hour, 12 hour, 4 hour financial news cycle. A guru one morning - chop…

  • Baromarket Pressure

    Published 19 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Follow the money and you can typically arrive at the genesis of your surroundings. Here is another ratio chart that utilizes the S&P 500 Bank…

  • Y2K=QE2

    Published 18 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    History shows us that each bubble needs a tragic muse. The Nasdaq Bubble had both the allure and fear of a new millennium. Y2K was…

  • Negative Divergence

    Published 13 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    If nothing else, what a fascinating market environment to be swimming in. Quantitative easing Sovereign debt cris(es) Exploding commodity costs Plunging real estate values Surging…

  • Steve Leuthold

    Published 12 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    I try not to absorb too much outside market commentary from individual money managers. It's not that I think I am better than their work…

  • Winning

    Published 11 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As we spring from the financial armageddon that was 2008, market sentiment has been swinging as wildly as Charlie Sheen's public persona. One week the…

  • Yield to Yields

    Published 08 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    10 year yields are breaching their resistance trends this week. Whether the market pulls a 94', a 04' or something worse or in between is…

  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    Published 04 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As the Fed chatter crescendos with the approaching conclusion of QE2, and the ECB widely expected to raise interest rates this coming Thursday, stormier seas…