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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.

  • Perspective

    Published 30 April 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has…

  • A Week in Review

    Published 27 April 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Larger Image Monday - 4/21 - The Long Tail Of Deflation "It took the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 basically twenty five…

  • A Dead Cat Bounce

    Published 09 April 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The SPX fell into a bounce zone in yesterday morning's session and found support around last month's lows. This begs the question for both traders…

  • Thin Ice

    Published 02 April 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Hope springs eternal, as the mercury breached 50 this afternoon - luring a crocus or three into the early spring air. Heavens to betsy we…

  • A Commodity Story

    Published 26 March 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Larger Image On a relative performance basis we continue to find a discretely transitioning market environment, led by the move in commodities - which first…

  • Rock, Taper, Scissors - Shoot

    Published 14 March 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Led by their respective miners, precious metals continue to block and tackle higher out of the broad base they established last year. Should the anxieties…

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Published 10 March 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Over the past five years, the equity markets have maintained a droning and repetitive message to anyone questioning the fundamental underpinnings lurking beneath the equity…

  • The 46' Parallel

    Published 05 March 2014 | viewed 0 times

    With the debate continuing on whether the domestic equity markets are stretched at another historic extreme, we thought we would take a variant look at…

  • Breaking Bad

    Published 28 February 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The euro is finding a bid this morning on news that inflation has stabilized in the "danger zone" in Europe (see Here). For those participants…

  • Back to the Bull Market Highway for Silver and Gold

    Published 24 February 2014 | viewed 0 times

    If you had asked us in the spring of 2011 how severe of a decline in spot prices we expected to find in silver, we…

  • Still Waters Run Deep

    Published 14 February 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Back in October and November of last year, we speculated that the conventional wisdom going into a prospective taper was widely being viewed by participants…

  • Waiting on The ECB

    Published 06 February 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Like clockwork, the ECB met today and generally disappointed participants expectations that Draghi needed to reshape monetary policy to reflect concerns with gathering disinflationary pressures…

  • Silver:Gold and The Turk-en-tina Flu

    Published 31 January 2014 | viewed 0 times

    When we review some of the performance trends since the Fed's initial taper in December, the silver:gold ratio sticks out as one of the biggest…

  • Mining for Gold

    Published 19 January 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Here's another update of our Value Trap series that contrasts the precious metals miners with the biggest value trap of the previous cycle - the…

  • Esoterica

    Published 13 January 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Lacking the requisite initials after our name, we are on occasion confined to spending some quality time looking and thinking about the markets from perspectives…

  • BarKeeper's Friend

    Published 21 December 2013 | viewed 0 times

    He came, he saw - he tapered. In a fitting bookend to his storied command of the world's largest and most powerful central bank, Bernanke…

  • The Third Choir

    Published 17 December 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Despite what the academics and semantics present, we remain firmly in the tapering is tightening camp. Furthermore, while it's not an apples-to-apples structural comparison (because…

  • Play Ball!

    Published 11 December 2013 | viewed 0 times

    A wise and bearded man once said, "Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess." And although he didn't apply those words to his own considerable plantations…

  • Playing Another Hand of Existential Poker

    Published 05 December 2013 | viewed 0 times

    "Do the times make the man - or does the man make the times?" Larger Image Larger Image Larger Image If we're reading the rules…

  • The House Always Wins

    Published 03 December 2013 | viewed 0 times

    We've held on to a few seemingly discordant ideas as the market has made its way above the Meridian and our demarkation of what's considered…