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SII: STRATEGIC INVESTMENT INSIGHTS

  • SII: COMMODITIES, ENERGY – GAINING UPWARD MOMENTUM
    November 1, 2017
    US equity futures have hit a new records, helped by surging Asian and European stocks which have all started November on a euphoric note. Surging commodity prices, optimism about tax reform and hope for a new dovish Fed chair all combined to drive global stock markets to record highs, with the MSCI’s world stock index
  • SII: COMMODITIES – THE NATURAL CHALLENGES FOR EV – COBALT, LITHIUM & NICKEL
    October 31, 2017
    SII: COMMODITIES - THE NATURAL CHALLENGES FOR EV - COBALT, LITHIUM & NICKEL -- SOURCE:  10-20-17 RealVison.com  The Hack Nickel is a base metal that is used in variety of industrial applications. It is added to steel for corrosion resistance, Often used for its bright and lustrous appearance in coins, jewelry, etc. Used in batteries, such
  • SII: COMMODITIES – ELECTRIC VEHICLES – COBALT SQUEEZE
    October 31, 2017
    SII: COMMODITIES - ELECTRIC VEHICLES - COBALT SQUEEZE Electric vehicles - Resources squeeze With the Tesla revolution and bullish forecasts for EV sales blanketing the media, the future looks bright for a cleaner, quieter future in autos. However, with predictions of a rise in the global EV fleet from 600k today to 65 million by 2040,
  • SII: COMMODITIES – THE EV REVOLUTION – LITHIUM INVESTING
    October 31, 2017
    SII: COMMODITIES - THE EV REVOLUTION - LITHIUM INVESTING The EV Revolution? - The trouble with Lithium investing The rise of electric vehicles has been nothing short of spectacular. Just a decade ago, few could have imagined the level of interest from major manufacturers in producing EVs. Much of the credit goes to Tesla – their
  • SII: HARD ASSETS – GOLD MINER BULL TRENDS SINCE 1942 – SOMETHING IS HAPPENING HERE?
    October 31, 2017
    SII: HARD ASSETS - GOLD MINER BULL TRENDS SINCE 1942 - SOMETHING IS HAPPENING HERE? The start of something big? Gold miners bull trends since 1942 Source: Incrementum; ‘In Gold We Trust Report’ Gold mining shares entered a new bull market in January 2016 when gold turned. The bull move has seen a 180% rise
  • RETAIL: AUTO – HURRICANE REPLACEMENTS NEARLY COMPLETE – “VICIOUS CYCLE” SOON TO RESUME!
    October 31, 2017
    RETAIL: AUTO - HURRICANE REPLACEMENTS NEARLY COMPLETE - "VICIOUS CYCLE" SOON TO RESUME! -- SOURCE: 10-30-17  Blinders Off's Daniel Ruiz via RealVision.com,  - " The Wait Is Over" -- Before I get started, I’d like to share a few important things that will help bring perspective to my analysis. Eighty-six percent of consumers purchasing a new vehicle use financing. The
  • CURRENCIES EURUSD: NEW PAIN IN THE EURO MAY HAVE JUST BEEN LAUNCHED BY DRAGHI?
    October 27, 2017
    CURRENCIES EURUSD: NEW PAIN IN THE EURO MAY HAVE JUST BEEN LAUNCHED BY DRAGHI?  -- SOURCE : 10-27-17 ZeroHedge -  "Why For Euro Bulls The Pain Is Only Just Starting" -- Judging by the 200 pip tumble since the ECB's meeting on Thursday, the EURUSD was at 1.1614 moments ago, the unexpectedly dovish taper clearly
  • SII: DEFENSE – TRUMP TRADE IS A DEFENSE TRADE – UP 40% SINCE ELECTION
    October 20, 2017
    SII: DEFENSE - TRUMP TRADE IS A DEFENSE TRADE - UP 40% SINCE ELECTION Since Nov. 8, the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense exchange-traded fund has risen 40 percent. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, AeroVironment and Aerojet Rocketdyne have been the best-performing components in the fund, more than doubling their stock values. Geopolitical tensions, along
  • SII MONOLINES: HEAVY PUT BUYING IN MBIA AMID RECENT NEGATIVE COMMENTARY ON PUERTO RICAN DEBT
    October 19, 2017
    SII MONOLINES: HEAVY PUT BUYING IN MBIA AMID RECENT NEGATIVE COMMENTARY ON PUERTO RICAN DEBT MATASII.COM's 06-05-17 SET-UP MATASII.COM's 06-05-17 UPDATE -- SOURCE: 10-18-17  StreetInsider.com --  Heavy Put Buying Continues in MBIA (MBI) Amid Recent Negative Commentary on Puerto Rican Debt from President Trump -Susquehanna Susquehanna options strategist Alison Edwards noted continued bearish options flow in MBIA
  • SII: FANG & NOSH – TECHNOLOGY THE TOP SIX GLOBAL MARKET CAP COMPANIES (FOR FIRST TIME)
    October 16, 2017
    SII: FANG & NOSH - TECHNOLOGY THE TOP SIX GLOBAL MARKET CAP COMPANIES (FOR FIRST TIME) Technology mega-caps occupy all top six spots in the ranks of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization for the first time ever. Up 39% this year, the $1 trillion those firms added in value equals the combined worth of
  • SII RETAIL: WHAT AMAZON WILL DESTROY NEXT
    October 11, 2017
    SII RETAIL: WHAT AMAZON WILL DESTROY NEXT NYU's Scott Galloway talks with Barron's about the future of Prime shopping, and why Netflix should be worried. Also, hope for Wal-Mart. “Amazon has replaced profits with vision & growth!” “We Have Seen a Company with access to capital as heap as this in history. It can borrow
  • SII RETAIL: IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE FOR AMERICA’S GROCERS
    October 11, 2017
    SII RETAIL: IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE FOR AMERICA'S GROCERS  -- SOURCE: 10-11-17 Bloomberg - "t’s Only Going to Get Worse for America’s Grocers" -- As price wars loom, chains come under pressure in debt markets Apollo Global makes unusual $50 million loan to Fresh Market Just over a month after Amazon.com Inc. ate Whole Foods, the
  • SII RETAIL: FOLLOWING THE EATON’S DEATH SPIRAL, SEARS TO END 65 YEARS OF CANADIAN RETAIL HISTORY!
    October 11, 2017
    SII RETAIL: FOLLOWING THE EATON'S DEATH SPIRAL, SEARS TO END 65 YEARS OF CANADIAN RETAIL HISTORY! Sears Canada is closing up shop, seeking court approval to close its roughly 130 remaining stores — leaving another 12,000 employees across the country without a job -- SOURCE: 10-10-17 Financial Post - "‘Following the Eaton’s death spiral’ Sears
  • “AMAZON EFFECT” LEADS INVESTORS TO SOUR ON GLOBAL RETAIL
    October 9, 2017
    "AMAZON EFFECT" LEADS INVESTORS TO SOUR ON GLOBAL RETAIL Seattle-based giant is hastening the global shift to online shopping, raising questions about retail operations world-over An Amazon shipment center in India. Amazon’s expansion has put traditional retailers on notice. PHOTO: HIRAJ SINGH/BLOOMBERG NEWS -- SOURCE: 09-28-17 WSJ - By Riva Gold and  Saabira Chaudhuri Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN 0.14% expanding reach is prompting investors
  • SII RETAIL – US CONSUMPTION EXHAUSTION
    October 9, 2017
     SII RETAIL - US CONSUMPTION EXHAUSTION Squeezed by weak income gains, higher healthcare and education costs, and the burdensome load of debt from years past, consumers simply have less money to spend and appear less inclined to spend what they do have on apparel and other department store goods.  Further, they have little propensity to
  • SII: RETAIL AUTO – AUTO OEMs PLAN TO FLOOD THE MARKET WITH 50 NEW ELECTRIC CAR MODELS – DESPITE MASSIVE LOSSES??
    October 2, 2017
    - SII: RETAIL AUTO - AUTO OEMs PLAN TO FLOOD THE MARKET WITH 50 NEW ELECTRIC CAR MODELS - DESPITE MASSIVE LOSSES??  -- SOURCE: 10-02-17 ZeroHedge - "Auto OEMs Plan To Flood Market With New Electric Car Models Despite Massive Losses" -- Last month we noted that Tesla really outdid itself in 2Q 2017 by
  • SII: RETAIL – “CHART OF DOOM” WITH “Toys R Us”
    October 1, 2017
    - SII: RETAIL - RETAIL "CHART OF DOOM" WITH "Toys R Us"  -- SOURCE: 09-19-17 ZeroHedge - "Here Is The Retail "Chart Of Doom", Now With Toys "R" Us" -- After claiming its 27th victim of the year in the form of the Toys 'R' Us bankruptcy filed earlier this morning, the Amazon-induced retail bloodbath of 2017 has
  • SII RETAIL: INSIDERS VIEW – A LANDLORD’S VIEW OF THE BRICK & MORTAR MELTDOWN
    October 1, 2017
    SII RETAIL: INSIDERS VIEW - A LANDLORD'S VIEW OF THE BRICK & MORTAR MELTDOWN NEED TO KNOW Surviving Retailers will do it the same way the savviest brick tenants are thriving today: By selling at the same price one can get anywhere on the net (never being undersold), by having great customer service, and By
  • SAM ZELL: RETAIL REAL ESTATE IS A “FALLING KNIFE” – “THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE BUYING ANYTHING!”
    September 27, 2017
    SAM ZELL: RETAIL REAL ESTATE IS A "FALLING KNIFE" - "THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE BUYING ANYTHING!"  -- SOURCE: 09-26-17 CNBC via ZeroHedge - "This Is Not A Time To Buy Anything" - Sam Zell Warns Retail Real Estate Market Is A "Falling Knife" -- CNBC's cheerleading staff had a very difficult time
  • SII RETAIL: ARE GROCERY CHAINS AN EMERGING PROBLEM AS THEY ARE POTENTIALLY “AMAZONED”?
    September 3, 2017
    SII RETAIL: ARE GROCERY CHAINS AN EMERGING PROBLEM AS THEY ARE POTENTIALLY "AMAZONED"?  -- SOURCE: 09-02-17 ZeroHedge - "Are Grocery Chains About To Join The Retail-Bankruptcy Bloodbath?" -- Amazon officially assumed control of Whole Foods Market on Monday and by noon, channel checks at WFM stores revealed that its new tech overlords had already slashed prices by

SII: STRATEGIC INVESTMENT INSIGHTS – 2017 SII OVERVIEW