Wall Street Unplugged
Episode: 855February 15, 2022

The real story behind the Russia-Ukraine conflict

What a weekend… I give my thoughts on the big game, which included a few frustrating play calls. [0:30]

Speaking of frustrating… I need to rant about the impending conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I’ve done a ton of homework on the tensions between these two countries. A lot of folks won’t like what I have to say. Brace yourself for the truth about who’s right in this conflict… and why the U.S. has no business being involved. [4:55]

I break down why Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world… What history tells us about the issues between the two nations… And the ridiculous politics involved. [7:40]

Plus, I highlight which country is the real threat to the U.S. even though most folks are afraid to admit it. [12:00]

And I explain why Ukraine potentially joining NATO is such a huge deal… [15:50]

Finally, how worried should investors be about the Ukraine situation? It’s triggering a lot of volatility in the market… but you can use it to your advantage. [19:45]

And speaking of the choppy market, we’re running a special promotion for Moneyflow Trader—which focuses on profiting from volatility. I break down Genia Turanova’s strategy… and highlight a recent trade that generated a 165% gain in less than a month. [23:35]

Inside this episode:
  • Why the U.S. should stay out of the Russia-Ukraine conflict [4:55]
  • What history tells us about the issues between these nations [7:40]
  • Which country is the real threat to the U.S.? [12:00]
  • Why Ukraine potentially joining NATO is a huge deal [15:50]
  • How worried should investors be about the Ukraine situation? [19:45]
  • A special promotion for Moneyflow Trader to protect against volatility [23:35]
Transcript

Wall Street Unplugged | 855

The real story behind the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Announcer: Wall Street Unplugged looks beyond the regular headlines heard on mainstream financial media to bring you unscripted interviews and breaking commentary direct from Wall Street right to you on main street.

Frank Curzio: What’s going on out there? It’s February 15th. I’m Frank Curzio, host of the Wall Street Unplugged podcast, where I break down the headlines and tell you what’s really moving these markets. A little bit under the weather. Don’t worry, it’s not COVID. Got all the free tests that they send you, like four of them. Took one already, I’m okay. Sick for most of the weekend. Very, very busy this week. So, my oldest daughter turned 14. That was on the 12th, so that was on Saturday. Then, my mom turned 79 the next day, on the 13th. So happy birthday to both. Then, on the 14th, you have Valentine’s Day. So having two daughters, my wife, my mom, I mean, all happy stuff, but I probably spent more money in the past few days than what most people wagered on the Super Bowl. So, if you do see some of those offers for my newsletter this week, you know why. But everything happens all at once, and it’s crazy.

Frank Curzio: But speaking of the Super Bowl, man, I’m sorry. I got this one right. I’m usually wrong. 180% of the time I’m usually wrong. This one I actually got right. Cinci covered with the points all because somebody missed an extra point. Remember, I wanted everybody to bet against me. I actually had Cinci to win the game, but took them with the points. And that spread was 4. Went from 4.5 to 4 right before the game. They wound up winning by 3, so they covered. Again, that muff extra point was really big. But how good is Vegas on that spread? I mean, they nailed it. 4 points, that’s the spread, that’s it. All the numbers analytics, those of you who think that you could beat the system. I mean, that spread was absolutely perfect. Also went 2/3 in my prop bets.

Frank Curzio: So Jefferson, which is the wide receiver for the Rams, he didn’t score the first TD. But Stafford did two interceptions, like I predicted. And Jessie Bates did have an interception. Probably won some money on that. But looking at the game, I mean it was a good game, but the ending was kind of like eh. I just felt like Cinci should have won, I mean, shutting down the run game, it just felt like they should have won that game. And the first fourth-down, they went on that opening series, absolutely terrible. I mean, it gave the Rams momentum right off the bat. I mean, it was like 13-3 because they missed the extra point. Fought their way back, second half came out on fire. But you look at the last series of the game where it’s third-and-1 from the 50 and you hand the ball off and Mixon looked like he was going to get the first down, but he just like danced around and they nailed him before he got the first down.

Frank Curzio: So, now it’s fourth-and-1, so what do you do? You go freaking shotgun. You need a half a yard, and you’re five yards behind the scrimmage to just get one yard. And you have nobody in the back field. Remember the fourth-quarter, the Rams they started breaking through every single play. Every single possession in the second half they were breaking through. Not in the second-half but in the fourth-quarter. So now. You put no help there and you take the snap and what happens? You wind up getting sacked, which if you just put one guy to help out, Chase was wide open on that play. Would’ve been game over but they would’ve scored a touchdown he was wide open. And Ramsey fell on the play, again. So, I just didn’t like that play call.

Frank Curzio: I mean, what happened to quarterback sneaks? You need a half a yard quarterback sneak. So, I mean, the Rams did it on fourth-and-1, right? And they handed it off to Cooper Kupp. Which by the way, another thing with coaching of the Bengals, Odell Beckham was having an amazing game. He was on fire. Confidence, probably would’ve been an MVP, if I had a guess. And then he went out. He got hurt. So, you have one guy, your running game is terrible for the Rams. You have one guy which is Cooper Kupp. How does he score? How does he not even score the last touchdown, but get four catches on the last drive? I mean, imagine if Belichick was the coach, there’s no way he catches one pass in that drive. I mean, outside of Jefferson, you can’t even name another wide receiver on that team.

Frank Curzio: So, I think Cincinnati had them. They had the shot to win. It’s just, I didn’t like the play call at the end. But it was a good game. Congratulations to the Rams, and my apologies because usually I’m wrong on this and get this right. But this one, yes, we actually won. Which is sad because defeats the whole purpose of the whole segment because I’m always wrong on this. But that four points, I thought it was a lock, especially in the first-quarter, 14-3 or 13-3 I keep saying 14. They missed the extra point and fumbled that. But I thought we were on our way to another loss, which would’ve been a win for you guys. And I’d rather be wrong and have you make money than be right and you don’t make money. Seriously, that’s what I’d rather have it. So my apologies, congratulations to a round of great Super Bowl.

Frank Curzio: Now, getting to the markets, getting lots of questions. Getting lots questions on Canada too. I mean it’s crazy, man. Canada’s nuts I have so many in Canada. So many good friends in Canada. I love speaking at conferences. Holy shit, is it crazy there? It’s absolutely nuts. Convoys and stuff like that, also getting questions on Russia and the Ukraine, which is really driving the markets especially over the past like four or five trading days. And you’re looking at today, where the market’s going up because they say Russia is backing down not going to invade Ukraine. And that’s a story, will they invade Ukraine? If so, it’s going to probably result in oil prices going higher, at least in short term. Stocks going lower due to uncertainty since Biden said that if Russia invades Ukraine, there’s going to be severe costs.

Frank Curzio: And insinuating that many people thought that US might go to war with Russia. Again, the general public thought that because they had to come out two days ago and say. “No, no, no, no.” It doesn’t mean we’re go on a war with them or doing anything crazy. It’s just severe costs, sanctions and stuff like that. They actually had to come out and say that. They said that because there was such misinterpretation that people are like, “Why are we messing with Russia here?”

Frank Curzio: And I’ve been doing a lot of homework on this. Because the media, we all know they have an agenda. They all get together. They all say the same exact things. That’s the media. We’ve seen that through COVID. We’ve seen it the past two years, ridiculously even the last election. And I love when you’re reading stories and they’re saying, “Well, we have no idea why Putin is doing this? Why is he being an asshole? Why is he going to invade Ukraine?” And they say how Russia is this terrible nation we need to fear.

Frank Curzio: Now look, I’m going to do something that’s absolutely crazy right now. It’s something the media’s never going to do. Something that can get me in loads of trouble. Something that can get me kicked off of a lot of media platforms. But I’m going to do it anyway. You know what that is? I’m going to tell you the truth. Russia has every right to invade Ukraine and wipe it off the face of the earth. And if that happens, Ukraine will deserve it. Hear me out. Nobody’s saying this in the media, again, because they’re not allowed to. You work for whatever company you have to support their agenda. I think people listen because this is a no bullshit podcast.

Frank Curzio: I’m going to tell you exactly how it is. Just like I told you exactly how it was with COVID. There was seen all this shit, get masks don’t really work, the vaccines, again not anti-vaccine or anything as you guys know. But a lot of the stories I was bringing up with people getting pissed are turning out to be very true. And more and more doctors are finally being allowed to say stuff, even with Wuhan in China and stuff like that. That finally, if you said, they got kicked off platforms.

Frank Curzio: But anyway, let’s get to Russia and Ukraine. Because first Ukraine, if you’re looking at them as a nation, they’re probably the most corrupt nation out there. One of them. If you look at every presidential election, since 1991, since it’s done presidential elections, it’s been corrupt. The first president elected that guy wound up resigning. The second president got elected in 2004 only because the election was rigged. So in 2010, the next president took office and that was until 2014. And that’s when, and I’m going to bring up some names here, Poroshenko came in to power and it was a coup. And that’s how he became president. Now Poroshenko became president, he is pro-Europe, pro-democracy, so he said. Which is great for the world. So, Europe was happy about this and they supported him, and so did the US, when president Obama signed a PAC to help Ukraine battle corruption. And it was a non-lethal military assistance agreement, non-lethal.

Frank Curzio: Because we don’t want to provide weapons and stuff because it’s direct conflict with Russia. President Obama did a good job. He said, “You know what I’m going to do for you, Ukraine, now that you guys want to end the corruption and poverty and stuff?” He’s like, “I’m going to do something special. I’m going to send my vice president, Joe Biden over to you, okay. I’m going to call him the Chief Envoy. I’m going to send him to you guys. And he’s going to work with you to work everything out. I know I ran against him. I know I said, don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.” That’s what Obama said, “But he’s not going to fuck this up, I promise. He’s going to go there and it’s going to be fine.” And of course, that’s what we found out. Hunter Biden’s getting paid a million dollars to sit in the board of a Ukrainian natural resource company, which was run by the natural resource minister of the Ukraine.

Frank Curzio: Even though he has no experience in natural resource industry. I wonder why he got that job. So, when we’re looking at Biden, now is president, is very, very familiar with the Ukraine. Very attached to the Ukraine. It’s in his best interest to help them out. This is not an attack on Biden or Democrats. I’m just reporting facts because this gets a lot better. So, those of you who love your Republicans well, in 2017, Trump was president. He decided to approve an arms sale to Ukraine. He said, “Here’s the weapons,” hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth. “Here you go.” This is military aid to Ukraine to help fight Russia in case of invasion.

Frank Curzio: I mean, think about that for a minute. Imagine if China or North Korea provided military aid to Canada and Mexico sold them arms. I mean, how would we feel in the US? But even more important, you have to love the irony here since Democrats ultimate agenda to remove Trump from office was to create this whole fake narrative about how Russia helped him win the election. Not only is the story 100% not true. And I think Hillary, I don’t know in today’s times now you get caught on camera doing shit and you still don’t get in trouble, but Hillary’s probably a lot of trouble. Hacking the server of the White House and having proof of that good luck, good luck. But why would Russia support Trump, who just armed Russia’s greatest enemy with weapons, right? Our media never asked that question they didn’t care. They just went with the agenda. They reported this shit that was a hundred percent fake, still haven’t apologized and we all believed the BS.

Frank Curzio: Now, through Poroshenko’s presidency he promised a lot of things like every politician does and failed to deliver. Again, like every politician does. So in 2019, he lost his presidency to Zelensky. He becomes the president. This is a comedian. He’s an actor, no political experience. Easily won, that’s what happens when you have charisma, getting 70% of the vote. He campaigned against poverty, corruption. Again, Ukraine has been corrupt forever, 30 years, almost every single election. And it’s kind of similar to the Democrats campaign to help all poor people in major cities and 40 years have passed and these people are poorer than ever.

Frank Curzio: And they’re still going to vote Democrat forever, which is kind of interesting. But Zelensky, his party also won the majority of parliament seats and that was a big deal. So, for the first time since Ukraine’s independence, the president had a majority party in parliament. Meaning that this guy could do whatever the fuck he wants. And that’s exactly what he did. He started arresting pro-Moscow businessmen, seized the assets to the biggest backers to the opposition party, arrested anyone that disagreed with his agenda, shut down three pro-Russia TV channels alleging that they’re spreading misinformation, shut down radio stations. So Ukraine, is basically a dictatorship. It’s not a pro-democratic nation.

Frank Curzio: Now, here is Russia this powerful nation. Super power with massive resources. Russia doesn’t really bother anyone. I mean, Russia is not a threat to the US. It’s not like Americans would be in danger going to major cities in Russia. It’s not like North Korea. Not some crazy nation looking to take over the world. I mean, if North Korea had the technology, they bomb everybody. But they don’t have the technology. Not like China who murdered six million people creating Coronavirus in a lab. But they still will not let anyone go into Wuhan and inspect anything. “Nope. You’re not allowed to be here. Nope, no way, no way.”

Frank Curzio: Or China, how they steal all of our technology, lie about climate change, where they’re using more coal than ever. Take a look at Peabody and Arch resources results. They just reported, look at those results. They’re generating more free cash flow than the market caps of the company, that’s how much. What happened to coal? It was supposed to disappear. They’re producing it like crazy and selling it to China. Why is China doing that? Because they’re going to be a powerhouse. They’re bullshitting about this climate change and all this crap. I look at us, we increase our dependency on foreign natural resources because we refuse to drill in our own backyard.

Frank Curzio: We don’t have new resources, wind, solar to pick up that slack. That’s why you seen energy prices go crazy. Hey, they run the world. You have the energy, energy runs the world and good for them. That’s what they’re doing. Russia’s not like China where China has every one of our politicians, major corporations on their payroll. Go do your research. It’s not hard to find. This isn’t a conspiracy theory, just look. It’s why in the US, we can never say anything bad about China. We’re a free nation. You got kicked off social media for saying that China started the coronavirus in a lab in Wuhan which we know is fact. You get kicked on social media for that.

Frank Curzio: You know what our response is when we’re mad at China, know what our politicians do? We’re going to boycott the Olympics. Boycott the Olympics like you want to go there anyway. I mean, is anybody watching the Olympics at all, does anybody care? I mean, sad but nobody really cares. They’re going to make it all nice and pretty right now but in the background, man, the coal productions. Even France said we have to produce more coal. We can’t afford it with natural gas for electricity. We can’t do it. You can’t say anything bad about China, you’re not allowed to ever. But Russia, Russia’s not some crazy enemy. I mean, they should be more pissed at us than anything. We create fake stories of how Putin and their government rigged our elections. And for three years, trashing these guys when this story’s 100% fake. I mean, they have every reason to despise us.

Frank Curzio: Now Putin made it very clear to the Ukraine. He said, “Look, you’re a free country. We’ll live you alone. Just don’t do two things. Don’t touch Crimea and don’t join NATO. If you do, we’re going to blow you off the map. Just don’t do that.” And what did this idiot do? Exactly the opposite, trying to join NATO and they want to take over Crimea. Crimea is a key property. It gives Moscow access to Naval bases. It’s home to the Black Sea fleet. But more importantly, when you’re looking at the Black Sea, it’s a major warm water, deep water port. Meaning you could ship goods year round, very important, it doesn’t freeze and massive ships can pass through. Which allows Russia to ship its natural resources and other goods between Europe and Central Asia to the biggest markets in the world outside the US. It’s a big deal. And Russia took this over because they can and it made sense to them.

Frank Curzio: They know nobody could really get involved or stop them like Europe or the US. And they did it, annexed, the people were pissed about it. But hey, they had the power to do it and they did it. Which is not our problem. But NATO, getting to NATO. The reason why they don’t want to join NATO and NATO is great. So, NATO is not like the UN. The UN is designed for peace. NATO is designed for war, to fight war. It’s a collective defense. Meaning, if someone attacks a member of NATO, it attacks all the members of NATO. Meaning if Ukraine was accepted into NATO and then Russia invaded, it would be like declaring war on the US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, almost all European countries who are in NATO. That’s why Ukraine wants to become a member of NATO. Which by the way, takes 20 years to complete the plan to get in. Well, Ukraine only filed in 2008, and they have special agreements, like we’re partnering with NATO, and they call it different.

Frank Curzio: They’re not in NATO, and they’ll never be accepted into NATO. Because they’re a dictatorship now, and it’s a corrupt nation. They’re never going to be accepted into NATO. But they’re trying to and trying to smooth it all because they want that power. So Ukraine, they continue to poke the bear, which is Russia. Where Putin said, he said outright, he’s saying it in speeches everywhere, “If you join NATO it’s a direct threat to us. If you do, we’re going to take over your country.” And honestly, I see his point. I mean, Ukraine joining NATO is like Canada and Mexico joining a special Alliance with North Korea and China. We allow that? And by doing so, Mexico and Canada will give our greatest enemies access to our borders. And you know what’s going on there. So, the US as a powerful nation would do the same exact thing Russia is doing right now.

Frank Curzio: And we’d literally invade Canada and Mexico probably at the same time if they signed such an agreement. That brings us to the US, how were we involved in this mess? Why do we care? And we are really willing to support Ukraine, this corrupt dictatorship, who’s picking a fight with the superpower that really doesn’t want to go to war with them. If they did they would’ve took him over in 2004. And since 2013, Russia’s been saying this, “Look, you’re independent to have your own country. Don’t go into NATO and don’t touch Crimea, simple.” Since 2013, go back. But we’re going to have major conflicts with Russia over this.

Frank Curzio: Again, who’s no threat to us like China or North Korea who want to take over the world. And again, have all of our politician, major corporations on payroll like Coca-Cola, won’t say anything bad, none of these companies will. The NBA won’t say anything bad. LeBron James doesn’t say anything bad about China, no, no, no, it’s all about money. It’s the biggest growth market in the world. If China was the biggest growth market in the world, same thing, we’d see our corporations defending them as well, but they’re not, unless you’re into resources and stuff like that.

Frank Curzio: And if we’re really going to get into a fight with Russia, it should be because we want to take over their natural resources and increase our world dominance. Not because some garbage corrupt country that doesn’t support our values and freedoms, who has a comedian as president, who announced on Sunday or Monday morning, the date that Russia plans to invade Ukraine. And they said, “No, no, no. I was just joking.” Which significantly moved the markets. Are you kidding? You’re just joking about war. Hundreds of thousands of people this impacts and markets across the world, “Oh, I was just being sarcastic.” Again, comedian background. But we’re really going to get involved just because of Ukraine, this corrupt nation wants to become more powerful. Anyway, war is up to Ukraine. If they don’t join NATO or stop talking about joining NATO, which again, it’s never going to happen anyway. They’ll never get accepted into NATO, and leave Crimea as is, then Russia won’t invade and leave it alone.

Frank Curzio: They said that clear as day. Either way, as a US investor with plans on holding stocks in the long term, it is a non-event. I said the same thing about tariffs. I know you think it’s crazy and it moves the markets as a trader. If you see this invasion all will go higher. It doesn’t seem likely after today’s news. When we hear that they’re backing up and moving troops, we’ll see. That’s today could change later on. I’m doing this mid-afternoon. Stocks will fall initially due to uncertainty, but it’ll be short-lived. It’s just using the pullback to buy some of your favorite names. A lot of these names which are down tremendously already. So anyway, that’s the truth. If you want to hear the truth, that’s the truth. Do some research on it. Do it from not biased sites, and go out there, and you’ll see.

Frank Curzio: And you’ll know why Putin wants to invade Ukraine. You’ll see the corruption. Go back and look at the history in Ukraine for every presidency. Everyone is marked by some kind of coup or some kind of fake election, the corruption, the promises. Now they have all this power. It’s scary when you have all that power and you can do whatever you want and that’s what they’re trying to do. Being run by a comedian who has no political experience of how to talk to people or anything. It’s pretty crazy. And while you’re shutting down the media and everything else, you’re shutting down those outlets because people are starting to change. They’re saying, “Look, we don’t want to go to war, leave Russia alone. They’re leaving us alone. Leave us alone.” And you can’t blame Russia. You join NATO, you’re going to have Europe and the US controlling right next to your border.

Frank Curzio: Why would Russia want that if they can control it? And they can control it. They can because nobody’s going to do anything if they invade. We could talk a big game and sanctions and all this garbage but the bottom line, they funnel all their energy, all their resources to Europe. Europe cannot fuck with Russia ever. Russia is much more powerful. They shut that off. You saw that when they shut off the Ukraine. They shut off, forget it. I mean, they have that new pipeline they just built it goes under the Baltic Sea that goes right to Germany. When you have natural resources, you are extremely powerful as a nation. It’s what Russia has, US has, it’s why Japan’s economy’s not doing that well. They don’t have those natural resources. It’s not a coincidence that those are the most powerful nations in the world.

Frank Curzio: But this whole thing about how Russia’s the enemy and why are we involved in this? Why is the US involved? Well, we know why they’re involved in this. I mean, Biden has huge ties to this. But come on this is crazy. This has nothing to do with us. Get out of it. We’re really going to fight instead of worrying about our borders here, our cities where crime is through the roof and folks are not making our country better. We’re fighting this corrupt nation’s war for them and picking a fight with the superpower. Are you out of your mind? And what the hell is wrong with us? What’s going on? Anyway, I don’t see this happening. Even if it does, it’s going to be short-lived. See a little disruption in the markets. But again, I use that as a buying opportunity. If you’re a long term investor, I wouldn’t worry about this much.

Frank Curzio: Just like I said about tariffs, where tens of billions of stories were written about China and tariffs are crazy and these wars, trade wars with China and all of it was garbage. And the stock market went up and up and it kept going up. Because China has no choice. China cannot do anything. We purchase those goods. We could purchase those goods from anywhere we want. Yes, we’d pay more to go to other places in Asia but China needs us. We have the money. China needs us. Not going to sell treasuries, not going to do anything crazy, they can’t. They need us. So, they could bark and talk a big game as much as they want but China wasn’t doing anything. They had no choice, they had to listen to us. Of course, you’re going to bark and make a lot of noise, and that’s what you want to do, and show power. But at the end of the day, they couldn’t do anything.

Frank Curzio: It’s like now, we really can’t do anything if Russia decides to invade Ukraine, we can’t. And if it happens, it happens. But if you’re holding your stocks, you plan to hold them longer than nine months, twelve months, which are a lot of stocks in our portfolio, then you might see a little bit of a climb. But don’t go crazy actually, might be able to use that opportunity to buy some of your favorite names at a cheaper price. So, I want to thank all of you, since this is probably my last podcast that you’ll see in iTunes or YouTube for telling the truth, since big tech hates when you tell the truth on their platforms but position yourselves accordingly.

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Frank Curzio: So, I pried this off for you in December saying that now’s time to protect yourselves. There’s a big fundamental change in the market. We’re going to see more volatility. Ever since credit crisis now the Fed is in full tightening mode and they have no choice. I love when people say, “The Fed’s not going to raise more than three, four times.” They don’t have a choice. You got to take money out of the system. You see the PPI number today? Record high. CPI, I mean that’s a record high, all-time high. If you use the same formula you used back in the ’80s, there’s no comparison. Of course, we made so many revisions to try to make that number in the CPI stay as low as possible. But 7.5%, remember that 2% benchmark that we had? We’ll start raising rates once it hits 2%, 7.5%, and it’s going higher still.

Frank Curzio: It’s 12 months ago now, you’ve been saying that it’s transitory. Obviously, you took that away November and said, “Okay, it’s not transitory.” We get it. But we’re definitely getting a 50 basis point rate hike. And we’ll probably get two of those in a row, and maybe that’s factored in. But the Fed, it’s not like they’re not going to do it. I love when people say, “Well, the Fed, they’re not going to do it.” They have to do it. I mean, prices are out of control, supply chain issues still exist. All of a sudden, they came back, seeing more demand.

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Frank Curzio: Leading up to COVID pulling chips off the table. Going back in a couple months later. There’s been a bull market, low interest rates, money flowing into the system, the Fed buying bonds, a perfect environment to take as much leverage as you possibly can take on risk. Risk assets surged. Those days are over. Now, you got to protect your portfolio. Should I create this product for this type of market? Granted, again, created a little bit early thinking that we wouldn’t see those massive tax cuts that Trump passed and the government inject 19 trillion dollars into the system, which now has to be removed.

Frank Curzio: It’s actually not funny, but our government has to take this money out of the system. That’s why you see a lot of companies get smoked especially those without earnings. Those trading at the same valuations, and they’re still trading on the same valuations. There’s a lot of risk to them. We just have one of these companies fall 40%, 50%, which we saw this in most small caps from November through January. You could easily make 3X to 10X on just one of these positions. Enough to be worth more than your entire portfolio. But buying puts guys real quick, it’s not shorting.

Frank Curzio: I’m not telling you to short stocks. You don’t have unlimited risk in stock to go to infinity. And in today’s day and age, I mean, we have a Ukraine president who’s a comedian that just told us he was only kidding about war that moved oil in the markets tremendously. So, you can get crushed shorting at the wrong time especially a meme stock where all of a sudden… I mean, Robinhood went to 80 before it was 15 over a quick period. And it’ll blow out of the position, and you get just massive short covering. And that stock keeps rising you get murdered. This isn’t that. You only lose the amount of money you put into the trade. It’s the perfect strategy for the perfect market where conditions will be like this, at least, for the next 18 months during which the Fed is tightening. They stop buying bonds and you protect yourself.

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Frank Curzio: Of course, now the market is down, and I see it that people are nervous now, I get it. My job is not just to give you stock recommendations that you’re going to make money on… But I realize over my thirty year career, when you protect investors, then they become a subscriber for life. Because there’s times to be aggressive markets usually go up and down. I know, we’re used to seeing the market, go up a long time, especially for new investors that started in 2010, 11, 12, 13, whatever, I get it. You’re used to bull markets, and this is so easy.

Frank Curzio: It’s not like that, especially when you’re taking the Fed and the money out of the system, you’re taking the punch ball away. It’s much more difficult to make money in this market. It’s a stock pickers market. It’s dangerous. There’s a lot of stocks that are going to see 30, 40% of climbs from here. You need just one of those to make a massive score. And Genia already just locked in 165% gain, and this is by buying puts on a cloud company or data analytic company that just got crushed. So, if you dig there is stocks out there that could get crushed this is a great newsletter for you, if not, no worries.

Frank Curzio: But a lot of you are on our email list. If you’re not, you can sign up to our email list at www.curzioresearch.com and we’ll be offering that for the rest of this week. And then, that would be it we’re going to close that special price to you. So, if you’re interested, okay, if not, no worries. But guys that’s it for me. I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of questions and comments on this podcast, so keep coming, frank@curzioresearch.com. Love you guys, really appreciate all the support. Thank you, because downloads are really surging. I guess a lot of you guys are talking about the podcast. But record downloads continues to hit new records, really exciting stuff. So, I just want to say I really appreciate that. And I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Take care.

Announcer: Wall Street Unplugged is produced by Curzio Research, one of the most respected financial media companies in the industry. The information presented on Wall Street Unplugged is the opinion of its host and guest. You should not base your investment decisions solely on this broadcast. Remember, it’s your money and your responsibility.

Frank Curzio
Frank Curzio, founder and CEO of Curzio Research, is one of America’s most respected stock experts. His research is regularly featured on media outlets like CNBC’s Kudlow Report, The Call, CNN Radio, ABC News, and Fox Business News. His Wall Street Unplugged podcast—ranked the No. 1 “most listened-to” financial podcast on iTunes—has been downloaded over 11 million times.

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