Triple Your Money If There’s a “Trump Dump”

Keith Fitz-Gerald Nov 16, 2016

As I write this Tuesday afternoon just after market close, investors worldwide have been driving stocks to new all-time highs while ditching U.S. Treasuries and other global bonds based on expectations that President Elect Donald Trump will deliver growth.

That’s tantalizing from an investing standpoint, but I see another opportunity that could create jaw-dropping profits.

A short-term tactical trade I’m calling the “Trump Dump.”

Here’s what you need to know.

The Set-Up

President-elect Donald Trump had a simple message on the campaign trail – spend, spend, and spend. And that’s what the markets are reacting to, now that he’s won.

Longer term, there’s no question in my mind that you want to be on board.

Not only does President-elect Trump want to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, but he wants to take it to world class standards. Bridges, tunnels, ports, highways, airports, schools… they’re all on the list. That means hundreds of millions of dollars headed right into our economy and, hopefully, into your pocket if you’re following along.

More immediately, though, there’s something else brewing, and that’s what I want to call your attention to today.

A short-term tactical trade I’m calling the “Trump Dump.”

To be clear, I am not suggesting the markets are going to crash, nor am I telling you to run for the hills.

Leave that to the alarmists who doom themselves to terrible results by trying to predict the unpredictable. They’ll never learn.

What I’m talking about is diversifying your investing strategy by blending the longer-term investment perspective we talk about often with a purely technical, short-term tactical move.

The set-up is pretty straightforward based on what I am seeing on my screens.

First, there’s a ski-jump – meaning prices have jumped sharply higher – at a time when emotions are running higher than normal. That’s never a good mix because what goes up, must come down.


Second, money is running into the markets recklessly. According to ETF Daily, more than $14 trillion has entered the S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE:SPY) since the election, which is a stupidly large amount of money based on nothing more than the fear of missing out or “FOMO” for short. A $5 billion flow is normally enough to set off my radar, so we’re talking nearly 2800X that here.

And third, momentum has narrowed with each new uptick, yet volatility has fallen by nearly 40% from a VIX reading of 23.01 on November 4 to only 13.72 where it’s trading as I type. That tells me new money is becoming pickier while also running out of things to buy.


Seems to me that traders are reaching a point where they’re likely to take a breather – a term that can mean any number of things, ranging from a simple pause in buying, to profit-taking.

For our purposes, it’s a little of both.

The Play

The official term for this is “consolidation,” which is usually characterized by limited trading activity, range bound pricing, and indecisive trading. That’s what you’re going to hear in the news and see on the Internet in the next few days.

Many inexperienced traders (and even some professionals) regard this as dangerous because the indicators they normally look to don’t apply. Moving averages, for example, are irrelevant when prices trade in a very limited range.

What they don’t realize in their rush to micro-analyze the situation is that they’re overthinking things. The far more profitable alternative is always to keep it simple.

…when traders stop buying, they start selling

…when prices are too high, they come down

…when people run out of things to buy, people who got in early start taking profits.

That’s where the markets are today.

The post-election updraft is running out of steam after six winning sessions and three consecutive record-setting closes. It needs a short-term correction, if for no other reason than to set up the bigger run we know is in the works.

There are three ways to play along:

  1. Buy the ProShares Short S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SH). It’s an inverse fund that will appreciate as the S&P 500 drops.
  2. Buy a leveraged SPY inverse fund like the ProShares UltraPro Short S&P500 (NYSEArca:SPXU), which will appreciate 3X the amount of an S&P 500 drop.
  3. Buy “at the money” puts like the December 30 2016 SPY put options SPY161230P00216000. That’ll give you about 45 days to let this trade play out while also keeping risk down to manageable levels. Right now they’re trading at around $3.28 per, and a 4% drop to around 208 potentially doubles your money based on my quick, back of the envelope calculations.

To be fair, there are all sorts of ways you could play this. However, I’ve outlined three buys very deliberately because it means your risk is limited to the penny. No margin, no surprises, and no worries. Plus, the trades I’ve shared with you are easy to understand and easy to implement, even for beginners.

Risk Management

Discipline is key.

Generally speaking, I’m a big fan of the 2% Rule – meaning you never risk more than 2% of your capital on any given trade, especially when it comes to speculative short-term plays like this one. Critics often tell me that’s too tight, but I find, more often than not, that they’re the same bunch who think Vegas table games are winnable.

There’s no doubt that limiting any trade to 2% of tradable capital limits your upside. But – and this is important – it also limits your downside. That’s because you can be wrong 10 times in a row and still not blow up more than 20% of your money.

The other thing to think about is that you want to be in, make your money, and get out. Many inexperienced people – heck, even the pros from time to time – get tripped up because they hang on too long, especially when it comes to the triple leveraged funds which must be rebalanced daily, and to options where time decay is working against you every minute you’re in it.

The goal here is to share a highly technical setup that can help you capture big profits as the markets reach a natural decision point.


Until next time,


9 Responses to Triple Your Money If There’s a “Trump Dump”

  1. Kaderman says:

    Keith, think you meant SPXU on the 3x short S&P 500 recommendation, not SSO, a long 2x ETF?

    • William Dahl says:

      Hello Kaderman,

      You are of course correct — that was an editor’s error. The reverse index fund for this particular play is SPXU. The text has been corrected.

      Best regards, and thank you for keeping us on our toes,

      William Dahl, Managing Editor

  2. Roy Langhamer says:

    Is there a worthwhile and vetted lithium stock that should be considered?

    • Keith says:

      Hello Roy.

      Let me give it some thought. Nothing comes to mind immediately but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there.

      Best regards and thanks for being part of the Total Wealth Family, Keith 🙂

  3. JC says:

    If the S&P 500 did drop, when should we take profits?

    • Keith says:

      Hello JC.

      I’m not quite sure exactly what you’re asking so let me answer this two ways:

      1) if you’re talking about this trade, definitely. I suggest setting a profit target that’s either %-based or $-based. The idea here is get in, make your money and get out. No waiting around. You can always repeat the trade if the markets continue to drop.

      2) if you’re talking about other investments, then let your trailing stops do the work for you. That way there is no emotional overlay and no headache in the heat of battle. The last thing you want to do is try to predict the unpredictable. Research shows timing the markets is a bad idea – and we’ve talked about that many times here in Total Wealth.

      If I’ve missed the point, let me know and I’ll try again.

      Best regards and thanks for being part of the Total Wealth Family, Keith 🙂

  4. Kevin says:

    Hello Keith, great work by the way please keep it up as I’ve been following your work for a long time. Would you please provide an update/comments on EKSO being that earnings were released earlier this month.

    Much love


    • William Dahl says:

      Hello Kevin,

      Keith is in fact writing an update for Total Wealth readers on the importance of Ekso’s recent moves in the industry. Keep an eye out for it in your inbox this Wednesday!


      William Dahl, Managing Editor

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