Parisian Family Office, CEO. Began Wall Street, 1982. Founded investment firm, CHIPPEWA PARTNERS, Native American Advisors. Active Trader. White Earth Chippewa Tribal member. Was NYSE/FINRA arb. Conservative, raised on Great Plains reservations. Pureblood, clot-shot free. In a world elevated on a dopamine binge, this is his take! Written from MT Ghost Ranch on the Yellowstone River, TN farm Pamelot or San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, CASA TULE'. Always been, will always be, an optimist.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Chief nodded in agreement.The official continued, 'Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?'
The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied. 'When white man find land, Indians running it. No taxes, No debt, Plenty buffalo, Plenty beaver, Clean Water; Women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; then all night tipi creeping."
'Then the chief leaned back and smiled. "Only white man dumb enough to think he can improve system like that.?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
It is a huge waste of money for the children in the future and a huge lost "opportunity cost" in fighting back to get "even" for the money manager. It is unnecessary and almost evil for the kids who need it the most and the vast majority of Tribal asset managers haven't a clue of what I am talking about. That's scary in itself.
As a long/short manager who manages our methodology on an "absolute" basis it almost makes me cry when I try to talk to Tribal overseers who don't know and don't seem to care.
Once again, Native kids being left behind from the get-go.
A lot of traders like to set stops and price targets the moment they buy a stock. It doesn't make sense to me to do that sort of predicting when the situation is dynamic. Stops that seem reasonable one day may make no sense the next day. Rather than try to predict the best selling price, I prefer to react as the stock moves.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
You have no hope of receiving Social Security benefits reflecting anything close to actual increases in the cost of living.
Friday, May 23, 2008
As clients of Chippewa Partners know we moved out of our core exposure to the S&P 500 on Wednesday, May 21. There is no money in worry. Taking action is playing defense.
Defense is key. We have had a very good run off the March lows, and rather than hope to keep moving up, now is the time to protect those gains and not let them erode. Erosion can come very fast in the current mood of this market.
Price and volume action are extremely muted. The market is in a confirmed correction.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
In looking at the markets and listening to the government tell us how little inflation is playing into the equation of the American consumer I guess it's time we put some business leadership into the White House. And having to say "honest, business leadership" hurts, are there any honest politicians left?
Unfortunately, this incompetent collection of presidential candidates has zero business experience. One married into big business, the business of booze. One has the most checkered, bogus commodity trading records in history. One has virtually no work experience in the private sector. It's an ugly bunch. What does it say about the business of America?
What a week it was internationally. Lebanon now has Hezbollah in their midst, legally and armed. The Pakistani's have a love affair going with the Islamic militants to the north.
In case you get your financial news from CNBC touts without a clue, the market is in a correction. Ford is toast. The airlines have no pricing power. American's push to charge $15 for a first checked bag will put more time and stress on an already burdened employee group. The speculators are going to the bank, the cow-calf producers are as usual, taking it. Obama doesn't get it.
It was a great trip. At 85 I wish every day to be Fathers Day for my Dad. It's good to be back but hard making solid returns playing defense. And defense keeps us in the game.
Let the games begin again.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This year we have had some tremendous luck under market conditions that have not been favorable to the overall indexes and we've done some aggressive trading, all without the use of leverage. As I leave the office for afew days to visit my Dad in Minnesota, who at 85 may not have that many summers ahead, and returning next week I have a tremendous amount of people to thank for helping me become a better equity trader.
In no particular order let me reflect on the many who have helped in immeasurable ways. To Eddie Stephan, the Italian stallion and NYSE floor broker who took me under his tutelage on a chance meeting outside the NYSE in the early 90's, to David Ryan's meeting here in Atlanta, a highlight being his advice on the ONLY way to become a successful trader, to meeting William O'Neill in 1984 at an early seminar through my pal, Dave Utter and then our meeting in his Los Angles offices in the mid-90's as well as the thousands of dollars I spent on O'Neil advanced CANSLIM seminars, priceless. Hearing first hand of Mr. O'Neil's trading of shares of Price Club meant more to me than he will ever know. To Dave Davidson, you will never, ever know the impact you had on me on the time we spent together trading in San Francisco, thanks Dave, you turned the light on. To Gary Tremble for his insight on market trends and the utilization of macro views and sharing the O'Neil NSMI in the late 1980's that started the whole thing. To the late Bill Gritz, the price/volume trader who by hand, count-traded very well and amassed millions who would hang daily in the offices of Drexel Burnham Lambert in LaJolla and always made time to share ideas. Your work will never ever go out of style. To J. Peter Steidlmayer for so much in his work on market logic and position-sizing. To my friend Maurice Altshuler, the Morgan Stanley broker in LaJolla who opened my trading arsenal to catching the falling knife and playing the snap-back reflex move off a hard break. To Victor Niederhoffer who, among so many things, imparted balance and the importance of adjusting away from recent success. To Brett Steenbarger and his great work, to Ken Grant, risk control manager extraordinaire, to Lazlo Biryini and his great money-management work, to Jim DePorre, the finest "deaf" trader to probably ever walk the planet, to the unknown trader at Steinhardt Partners in New York City who in the early 1990's imparted to me probably the best advice ever given to me and to the great minds found on the Daily Speculations website whose experience, zest and positive optimism are of such inspiration, thank you.
As well, lest I not forget, to the great team who on a whim and a dream started "Trader Monthly" and authors Tanous, Elder, Covel, Lewis and Tharp who have shared their interesting work.
With the major indices still negative for the year I wish I was in position to be trading hundreds of millions for the thousands upon thousands of Native American children who reside on the many reservations I grew up on. They are the ones who could use my talent, drive and work ethic. Getting those Native tribal councils to fund investments with us has been truthfully, a rather long, arduous, time-consuming and expensive process. It's hard to justify the investment to help but yet we continue to help those who need us the most. There is no money in education for us and the lost time-value of money for them is astronomical. Frankly, it's a shame for the Native children of today and for those unborn in the tomorrow's ahead. We really do have a unique approach to offering so much "value"added" to Native money, and it hurts to know that few will be able to take advantage of it.
Year to date, our performance is up over 37%. Some luck, yes, lots of hard work.
May the trading gods continue to shine. It's hard to imagine how many investors think a 1% management fee we charge is "too much" to hire Chippewa Partners, a fiduciary and professional investment management firm. For us, it's all about hard work, alittle luck, staying consistent, motivated, optimistic and saying thanks.
The best is yet to come, and you can take that to the bank. I'll be back in a week.
Refreshed, recharged and ready for another foray into the largest casino on earth.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Having been misquoted many times over the course of my business career I can attest to the often-times misquote by writers unfamiliar with subject matter. What I think should be corrected and for correct information to be disseminated to the taxpayers of Georgia is the quote attributed to a Mr. Dan McGowan, at that time a senior wildlife biologist with the GA DNR.
As a Life Member of three state trapping organizations, MN, TN and GA I can easily show that there have been attacks on children by coyotes in the United States. A quick GOOGLE check using “coyote attacks on humans” or “coyote attacks on children” will bring up several items showing that coyotes have killed children in the United States. In fact, I was living in southern California when a 3-year old baby was drug off of the drive-way, dying of puncture wounds to the upper body. Perhaps Mr. McGowan should have been quoted as talking about documented coyote attacks in the state of Georgia.
Why the writer would call coyotes a “western” animal leaves much to be desired if he had done any research on the history of the coyote in North America. Indigenous to Georgia I can only surmise that coyotes are found in all counties in the state. I know that coyotes are found within a mile of the newspaper offices because I see them in my neighborhood and would be happy to assist in the trapping of coyotes in North Fulton or Forsyth County.
I have taken a large number of coyotes (and fox) 0ver the years in many states and would welcome any attempt by anyone to help abolish (rid) the antiquated North Georgia NO-raccoon trapping law off the books.
LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif.- May 8, 2008 — A coyote grabbed a 2-year-old girl by the head and tried to drag her from the front yard of her mountain home in the third incident of a coyote threatening a small child in Southern California in five days, authorities said.
The coyote attacked the girl around noon Tuesday when her mother, Melissa Rowley, went inside the home for a moment to put away a camera, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in an incident report.
Rowley came out of the house and saw the coyote dragging her daughter towards a street. She ran towards her daughter, and the animal released the girl and ran away, said sheriff's spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.
Rowley took her daughter to a hospital where the toddler was treated for several punctures to the head and neck area, and a laceration on her mouth. She was then flown to Loma Linda University Hospital for further treatment, although her injuries were not life-threatening.
State Fish and Game wardens and county animal control authorities set traps for the coyote and were monitoring the neighborhood high in the San Bernardino Mountains about 65 miles miles northeast of Los Angeles.
On Friday, a nanny pulled a 2-year-old girl from the jaws of a coyote at Alterra Park in Chino Hills, a San Bernardino County community about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. The girl suffered puncture wounds to her buttocks and was treated at a hospital.
A coyote came after another toddler in the same park Sunday. The child's father kicked and chased the coyote away.
Alterra Park is near Chino Hills State Park, a natural open space of thousands of acres spanning nearly 31 miles.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
There isn't much that I haven't seen and a whole lot to come. The whores, cheats and thieves still run with wild abandon.
Todays Goldman Sachs blurb on how oil speculators should be applauded for hastening America's mindset for oil conservation was wild stuff. Only the rulers of the universe could make that claim.
By CHAO XIONG, Star Tribune
May 5, 2008
The Belle Plaine man who fatally shot his 8-year-old son in the chest last month while turkey hunting had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, according to a felony second-degree manslaughter charge filed Monday.
Anthony Klaseus, 39, told authorities that he told his son, Hunter, to stay put as he circled a field to approach turkeys sometime after 5 p.m. April 19 in a field east of Crahan Lane near County Road 6 in Sibley County, according to charges filed in Sibley County District Court.
Klaseus called to the turkeys. They called back and moved toward him.
"Then I heard something snap or break near me, and a large figure rose up," he told authorities. "I thought it was a turkey, and I shot and it went down. I thought I shot the turkey. Then my son jumped back up screaming and then fell back down."
Hunter, dressed in full camouflage and wearing a hood, looked like a "turkey fanning out," Klaseus told authorities. Department of Natural Resources regulations only allow hunters to shoot turkeys with visible beards, a feathered appendage on the breast.
Klaseus and paramedics performed CPR on Hunter, but he died at the scene.
Klaseus took a breath test at the scene that registered a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.06 percent, the charges said. A urine test taken three hours after the shooting showed an ethyl alcohol concentration of 0.05 grams per 67 milliliters. It also showed that he had marijuana in his system, although the exact concentration won't be known for a few weeks.
Authorities said it's unclear exactly when he consumed the alcohol and marijuana.
Two 12-packs of beer, three six-packs of beer, an empty 24-pack of beer and a marijuana pipe were found in Klaseus' truck at the scene, the charges say. The packs of beer contained empty and full cans.
"That's just one side of the story," said Klaseus' attorney, Patrick Flanagan. "The family is distraught. They're trying to work through the loss of their son. They were hoping the county attorney would come up with a different conclusion."
Flanagan declined to address details revealed in the charges. The family did not want to comment, said Hunter's grandmother.
Hunter's death was the first turkey hunting fatality since turkey hunting began here in 1978. Last year, two people were fatally shot in hunting accidents in Minnesota. All told, in 2007, there were 23 incidents of hunters being shot at in the state.
"One of the 10 safety rules of hunting, besides being sure of your target, is not to consume ... alcohol or be on any kinds of drugs," said Al Thomas, executive director of Turn in Poachers, a nonprofit that promotes safe and ethical sportsmanship. "By following the rules of safe shooting, maybe it could've been prevented."
Klaseus is also charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and two misdemeanor charges: trespassing and hunting turkeys without a license. He was drawn to buy a license, but never made the $18 purchase.
Klaseus is scheduled to make his first court appearance May 22. He will not be arrested in connection with the charges.
He was cited by a DNR official for marijuana possession in 1996.
Monday, May 05, 2008
"The ambition and drive in China is astonishing, it's like it used to be in America and Europe."
In my view, derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while now latent, are potentially lethal.
On May 3, 2008 the AP ran this headline:
Unrealized derivative losses send Berkshire's 1Q profit 64 percent lower
With this article:
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Friday its first-quarter profit fell 64 percent because it recorded an unrealized $1.6 billion pretax loss on its derivative contracts, and its insurance businesses generated lower profits. Berkshire reported net income of $940 million, or $607 per share, in the quarter ended March 31. That's down significantly from the net income of $2.6 billion Berkshire generated a year ago. Berkshire's chairman and CEO Warren Buffett warned shareholders in his annual letter that the derivatives could make the company's earnings volatile. But he predicted the derivatives will ultimately be profitable. The four analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expected earnings per share of $1,476.99 on average. Including the derivative losses, Berkshire's net investment losses in the quarter totaled $991 million. A year ago, the Omaha-based company recorded a $382 million investment gain. Berkshire's derivatives fit into two major categories. Berkshire will have to pay on some of the contracts if certain U.S. entities default on their credit. Most of the other derivatives will only be paid if the certain stock indices are lower in 15 or 20 years than they were when the contract was written. Berkshire has received $2.9 billion in premiums on the credit-default derivatives and $4.9 billion on the stock index derivatives. Berkshire said its operating earnings are a better measure of how the company is performing in any given period because those figures exclude derivatives and investment gains or losses. Berkshire reported $1.93 billion in operating earnings during the first quarter, which was down from $2.21 billion in operating earnings a year earlier.