Sold My Tesla Stock last week

Sold My Tesla Stock last week

Lost faith in the company or its ability to grow? Not on your life. IMO, the ostrich with its head in the sand attitude about the impending death of ICE vehicles demonstrated by legacy automaker chieftains all but assures that Tesla will become a dominant force in the auto industry in the years ahead.

Then why did you sell your stock?

Good question.

WARNING: WHAT FOLLOWS IS NOT WRITTEN BY ANY KIND OF PROFESSIONAL ANALYST, EXPERT OR ANYTHING CLOSE TO THAT. I'm just a guy with a rather small stock account I like to play with for fun since my big investing days are behind me and most of my assets are managed by a pro.

Deutsche Bank has failed. They're dressing it up with shall we say suspect optimism, but this giant bank is actually being unwound. Over the past three months, the Chinese government has had to step in and take over three large banks that failed in that country. Shipping companies are laying people off and reporting reduced traffic. Even the US Post Office reported a massive loss last week citing declining package deliveries. (Who writes letters any more?). That means online orders are declining. While Tesla is recording record sales, they're declining for almost all legacy auto companies. GM and Ford are reducing capacity and laying off workers. Germany's auto industry doesn't look good. Housing sales are declining; price declines that began in overpriced areas (i.e. San Francisco) are now spreading out to other cities. Late payments and defaults for mortgages, student loans, credit card debt and car loans are climbing. Gold bugs are always ranting about fiat currencies touting the imminent rise of gold prices. Guess what? It's now happening though silver prices are still pretty much tracking along with no significant movement. It's not widely known, but the banks have found a way to get around Dodd Frank to sell derivatives (those damned credit default swaps, CDOs, etc) by selling them in Europe which is beyond the reach of Dodd Frank. In 2008, several trillion in derivatives accelerated the collapse that began in the real estate market. I've seen estimates that banks now have liabilities for half a QUADRILLION in derivative contracts outstanding. In 2017, Trump signed a bill that could possibly result in banks raiding the accounts of depositors to try and remain solvent (senate bill 2511 or something like that).Trump's trade war is exacting a horrific toll on our farmers and soon our consumers and it's now moved into a currency war. Knowing Trump, he is unlikely to back down until it's too late.

The always present dire predictions from the gold bugs have now spread to established banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. I've watched more than one head of economics at UCLA et al predict that recession is imminent. Just last night, I saw one of the chart monkeys who is widely respected say that the market could shortly see a decline similar to what happened when Lehman Brothers failed in 2008.

My financial planner agrees that things don't look good and he's put most of his clients in safe harbor investments for the time being.

IOW, if we're not already in recession globally it will most likely happen soon. I believe in Tesla completely. Musk is right, his products are terrific and what's in the pipeline promise even more growth. I think Musk took on another $2.7 billion in debt this spring "for general operating expenses" despite still having ~$2 billion in the bank is he foresees a downturn happening soon too.

How steep will this recession be? Dunno, but tell you what, I felt a whole lot better that Bernanke, Paulson and Geithner were there in 2008 versus the clowns we have today.

Last week, Elon said he thought Ford might not make it through the next recession. Ford bristled, but where the Seeking Alpha types point to Tesla's $13 billion debt as a sign of looming bankwuptcy, Ford owes around $100 billion. GM is in similar shape.

I sold my Tesla stock because I vowed in 2009 never to get caught with my pants down again. Long term, Tesla will come out on top, but gravity will prevail here is what I think is about to unfold does indeed occur. I moved my accounts from major banks to a member owned credit union years ago. I've paid down my debt excepting the outstanding balance on my MX loan. I've checked and rechecked that my retirement income stream is as secure as possible.

When the market decline as sharply as I think it will, I plan to wait and buy back TSLA after the decline. Even a company with as bright a future as Tesla is not immune to the gravity of an overall sharp market correction.

Will all this unfold as I think? Hell if I know, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it for the time being.

I think long term Tesla is going to wind up as big as Apple if not bigger. I plan to be there to reap the rewards, but for the short term we have problems in River City.

jimglas | 11. august 2019

I am going to sell mine also
When it gets to $4,000/share

Middledawg | 11. august 2019

Just temporary for me, Jim, I'm with you. The economic news is just so dire right now. It's downright scary to look at.

Well, one thing good will come of it, if things unfold as I (and others fear) we'll be rid of Trump for sure. No way he'll avoid the blame for throwing the last straw on the camel's back with his stupid trade war.

johncrab | 11. august 2019

If Tesla can straighten out its short term problems and refocus the company, I believe it will emerge as a winner as some surprising names go away. That is my hope, at least. The thing to remember about DeutscheBank is they are one of the most egregious scammers of Tesla stock out there. More than once the analysis (emphasis on the first four letters) division has said nasty things about Tesla, precipitating a big drop. That's when the investing end of the business quietly scoops up shares. They do it to companies all the time on Wall St but DB has a habit of going after Tesla this way. Slam it today, buy shares, then a month later say something really positive. They all play this game, usually with more subtlety. Most would be skeptical of Tesla eclipsing Apple down the road but there was a time when Apple stock was worthless and people were wallpapering bathrooms with share certificates, so anything is possible. I just don't see the old guard companies being able to move from carbon to electrics with the possible exceptions of Peugeot and Nissan. Ford made a mess of electrics years ago, GM offers one disaster after another (I've seen four Bolts in the wild). But all fail where Tesla gets it right: the charging network. The old guard companies take an attitude of "The aftermarket will take care of that. Next!" So good luck driving that Porsche Taycan from Phoenix to San Diego. Real good luck with that. This alone gives Tesla a commanding edge in the market.

carlk | 11. august 2019

Who cares if there is an incoming recession. It will be at most a year or two. Stronger companies/stocks can easily weather that. I held significant numbers of NFLX and APPL through the 09' great recession. Even with that severity it did take very long for them to recover and continue to rise faster than ever been.

***My financial planner agrees that things don't look good and he's put most of his clients in safe harbor investments for the time being.***

Was he just advising where you put your money or he actually directed the transaction himself? You probably see now where I am getting to.

quinney | 11. august 2019

@johncrab: when was Apple stock worthless? Are you sure you are not just making shit up?

Yodrak. | 11. august 2019
quinney | 11. august 2019

@Yodrak: when was Apple stock worthless? Can you specify a date? AAPL has undergone numerous stock splits over the years, so, while a historical chart makes it look like the price was near zero, it was never zero. A company with a zero stock price is bankrupt. Do you think Apple was ever bankrupt ( or bankwupt)? If so, when specifically?

Middledawg | 11. august 2019

Apple was close to bankrupt in 1997-1998 before the company brought Steve Jobs back from exile. They were just about gone. Don't know what the stock price was back then but they were definitely on the ropes. We needed new computers at the time and my wife and I were glumly contemplating having to go with Windows.

Middledawg | 11. august 2019


I care. I lost high six figures when the market crashed in 2008. I held my stock investments through the downturn, real estate as well, but it took years to get back to where I had been.

It may turn out to be a routine recession, but that half a quadrillion in credit default swaps has me worried. That's what put the crash of 2008 into hyperdrive and they never fixed the underlying problems with the economy. Consumer and corporate debt are at astronomical levels. I believe we're currently third in the world per capita, something like that. 90 days late on auto loans are now higher than was true in 2007.

We all do what we want, but this time I refuse to take that big a hit again.

My relationship with my financial planner over my real holdings is none of your business. My play account? I don't care what anyone knows.

rhj | 11. august 2019

Climate change for money

Middledawg | 11. august 2019

"That's what put the crash of 2008 into hyperdrive and they never fixed the underlying problems with the economy."

Bank failures are way up and this time they're betting on corporate debt, consumer debt, just about everything. Right now, the market is being propped up by stock buybacks and that has dried up of late. When you realize that earnings have been flat to down for corporations overall — they've been inflated by stock buybacks to look better — see the quantitative easing going on, and note that big investors have all abandoned the markets for the time being, well... it could be a normal recession or it could turn into something much, much worse. Depends on how it's handled and this time we have Mnuchin instead of Paulson. That is not an equal trade. Much of Europe is already into negative interest rates and that is not good at all.

It just doesn't look good. You do what you want, but I'm going to sidelines for a while.

rhj | 11. august 2019

90 days late in an auto loan ? Really
How many auto loans are currently in play vs 2008 ?
Ya thought so.

SCCRENDO | 11. august 2019

My financial advisor thinks a recession is at least 9 months away. they feel the markets are still strong. Trump blowing off steam creates volatility but it is not a big deal. With good economic policies the recession could be delayed. But they never pull everything out of the market. They move more from growth stocks to value stocks from lesser grade bonds to higher grade bonds. They decrease the ratio of stocks to bonds slightly. Besides all the Tesla in my main portfolio my TSLA is invested by myself with a different brokerage. It's my play money. I bought at $200 and it peaked somewhere in the high 300s before dropping back. I was tempted to buy more but I changed my mind. but I definitely won't sell any. I believe in TSLA for the long haul.

sabbia | 12. august 2019

Great Britain had a .2% GDP decline last quarter. First decline for them in seven years. Brexit won't help but I have no background in economics and can't speculate if there will be contagion.

SCCRENDO | 12. august 2019

@sabbia. There is always contagion. Britain will bring the EU down but obviously not to the same degree because bilateral trade will suffer. Just like Trump’s stupid trade war with China brings both countries down. Smart financial strategists will move money to less affected markets to try ameliorate losses. I look at CNBC. One of the things that they report is exchange rates. They used to highlight the Yen, the Euro and the British pound. They stopped headlining the British pound in the last few weeks.

@dmm. This is the strategy of Goldman Sacks in dealing with the China Trade war

SamO | 12. august 2019

Tesla is undervalued and You can’t time the market.

MitchP85D | 12. august 2019

Not selling my small share. Hanging onto it till the day I die.

Mike83 | 12. august 2019

I actually like the price and will be buying. I wouldn't own US companies except Tesla and some dividend stocks. Some suggest shorting oil as the fracking business is overleveraged. I have cash on the side already waiting for a nice drop as the GOP is famous for wrecking the economy.

andy.connor.e | 12. august 2019

glad you sold. Hopefully you buy before it shoots up 200 points.

carlk | 12. august 2019

@dmm1240 | August 11, 2019
My relationship with my financial planner over my real holdings is none of your business. My play account? I don't care what anyone knows.***

You posted this on a public forum and then say it's none of other's business?

I just wanted to comment your financial planner is a very smart person. He got nothing when you continue to hold the stock.

Middledawg | 12. august 2019

He had nothing to do with my Tesla holdings and I k ew exactly where you were going. Commenting about the economy and investments is not personal.

Middledawg | 12. august 2019

@Sammo: You can’t time the market.
@RHJ: 90 days late in an auto loan ? Really How many auto loans are currently in play vs 2008 ? Ya thought so.

Nope, you can't time the market. But you can look at economic dark clouds and see a storm approaching.
I included several links just for you, RHJ.

Look, to those who don't know me, I'm not a troll. I own a Tesla and plan to buy another this fall. I think Elon Musk is a genius. What has me worried is NOT Tesla, it's the overall economy. I've been through 2 bad recessions in my lifetime: 1973-74 and, of course, the Great Recession. Most recessions are temporary and last a few quarters. Then you have the bad ones, the worst always occur in the financial sector and take the longest times to recover. The Great Depression was touched off in 1929 when the stock market crashed causing a lot of people to make good on stock purchases made on margin purchases and they didn't have the cash to cover. This in turn spread to banks and the entire economy. The 1973-74 OPEC recession started when OPEC stopped sales of oil in retaliation for the U.S. saving Israel's butt in the 1973 Yom Kippur (think that's what it was called) war. That led to the rest of the decade being plagued by stagnant economic growth and high inflation. People with short memories credit Ronald Reagan with the "cure" in the early 1980s. The truth is it was Paul Volcker, chairman of the Fed, who pushed interest rates into double digits finally tamed inflation, but at great cost. Reagan was greeted by a steep recession as soon as he took office that was really a continuation of one that began in 1980 when Jimmy Carter was POTUS, there was a brief respite before the bottom dropped out again. As we all know, the Great Recession was rooted in mortgage lenders handing out mortgages to anyone with a pulse to satisfy demand from Wall Street banks for more and more mortgages they could package and sell to investors like pension funds. When people with mortgages they couldn't afford started defaulting causing the root mortgage bonds to fail, that triggered payments on the damned derivatives the banks had been selling that froze the global banking system. Dodd Frank was a step in the right direction, but not enough. The root cause of the entire thing -- deregulation that let banks turn themselves into casinos -- has never been adequately addressed.

For those thinking I'm just shooting off my mouth, try doing a simple Google. The info is out there. I did and here are some links on some of the reasons I cited for caution:

Car Payment Delinquencies

A record number of Americans are 90 days behind on their car payments. More than 7 million Americans are at least 90 days behind on their auto loans, according to the New York Fed.

Household Debt

Student Loan Debt

Student Loan, Auto, and Credit Debt Rise

Credit Card Debt

Bank Failures

Deutsche Bank

China Bank Failures

I'm not being a Debbie Downer just because. I'm not attacking Tesla. I fully agree that in 5 years or so Tesla will be a titan in the auto industry and energy as well. But for the short term, when a recession hits all stocks decline. Gravity takes over and takes them all down. How much? If I knew that I'd have 20 Teslas in my garage, but there is no doubt that stock prices will decline sharply at some point and then start to rebound. You can't time it, but you can get somewhere in the neighborhood. Hold no matter what is a good long term strategy, all you have to fear is that the company whose stock you own doesn't go under. It's also true it takes a while for stock prices to recover when recession hits, often several years.

Take it or leave it, I really don't care. Just trying to share some things I'm seeing.

SCCRENDO | 12. august 2019

I appreciate your thoughts. And these decisions are always personal. Nobody truly knows. I have shared the advice that I have gotten from my financial advisor. They are keeping me in the market but shifting the emphasis as I outlined above, In reality they are likely decreasing my overall holdings in stocks like TSLA. My "fling money" is likely 1 % or less of my investments and that is my TSLA that I am holding on to in the long term.,

Middledawg | 12. august 2019


Agreed. My setup is similar to yours. I look @ my play account the same way. Strictly for funsies. If the stock market reacts to all this as I expect then I’ll increase my total shares over what I had.

Leaving aside Tesla, the numbers look awful. The bright spots are few and far between. That half quadrillion in derivative contracts has me extremely concerned. “The Big Short” ends with a text message saying the banks had started selling a new investment called bespoke tranches that Some authority or other said was another term for a CDO. The greedy never learn.

Yodrak. | 12. august 2019

"Who cares if there is an incoming recession. It will be at most a year or two. Stronger companies/stocks can easily weather that. "

Your foresight is amazing. But I won't be coming to you for investment advice, no offense intended.

SCCRENDO | 12. august 2019

@Yodrak. He is right. We all have known a recession is coming. It is part of a natural cycle. The timing does depend on many factors such as Trump’s shenanigans etc. the question is what you do during the recession. More conservative older folk pull their money out of the market. I am at risk level 5. I want to see my money grow but I want to limit my losses in a recession. So I stay in the market but modify my investments.

NKYTA | 12. august 2019

I’m calling my investment advisor tomorrow morning!

SCCRENDO | 12. august 2019

@NKYTA. Let us know what he says

rhj | 12. august 2019

Dmm1240 Thanks for the sky is falling links
The 90-day delinquency rate at the end of 2018 was 2.4 percent, up from a low of 1.5 percent in 2012, the bank reported. Also, delinquencies by people under 30 are rising sharply.
Feb 25, 2019 · Total Student Loan Debt: $1.56 trillion. Total U.S. Borrowers With Student Loan Debt: 44.7 million. Student Loan Delinquency Or Default Rate: 11.4% (90+ days delinquent).

Cars vs crises?

Could it be that
Used car purchases are down so higher depreciation debt
Loan terms are stretching past 6 years average
Lease car purchases are up increase in spending
Average car loan price is up. More increased spending
And Banks cutting back on sub prime lending, repo time.
And those are the 20-30 somethings in an entitled debt spiral.
What could possibly go wrong ?

Waiting for the precious metal carpet baggers to start up again.

So the recession is coming ? Could be hastened if you give the Democratic Socialists what they want
20 no nothings waiting to increase your Taxes, spendings and entitlement giveaways for 2020
And you can’t Time the markets ? Watch what happens to the economy if it goes Left. Your world will shift from investing to tax avoidance & tiny homes.

Maybe Tesla will lease you a scooter.

What’s the latest EU folly today a 19% meat tax ?
EU along with China will suffer crushing economic shifts over the next six years Trump or no Trump.

What to weather the storm ?
Start by Getting Out Of Debt,

SCCRENDO | 12. august 2019

Hmm. Those Democrats. Starting stupid trade wars with China. Giving billionaires those tax breaks that significantly increase the deficit.

SCCRENDO | 12. august 2019

And of course we forgot about his soul mate Boris killing the British economy with the Brexit clusterf***

jimglas | 13. august 2019


Middledawg | 13. august 2019

@rhj Got caught with your mouth out over your skis a bit there, bud?

The gold bugs are indeed out in force.
I didn’t bother to qualify the links because underlying facts are facts. Banks are failing, loan delinquencies up, all that. Btw, that 2.4% delinquency rate you cite.. it was 3.8% in 2007 when that recession kicked off.

Your free market genius backed off his 10% tariff add on this morning. Of particular interest — items like cell phones and other electronics have been delayed until 12/15. The timing is indeed interesting — all the electronics popular as Christmas gifts will already have been purchased. It’s an admission that the public does pay the tab for tariff taxes.

Oh, the used car market has been much larger than the new car market for years. That’s where most of the subprime loans are. Once again an example of those wonderful benevolent free market capitalists taking advantage of those who can least afford it.

And there ain’t no such animal as a “free” market. One doesn’t exist on this planet because someone has to set the rules of the road.

You characters don’t even understand what socialism is. It’s just another word you toss around as an insult that you don’t understand. Have you ever considered that a corporation could be called socialism? Resources are pooled to engage in an endeavor where the fruits are shared equally based on the degree of participation by those invested. Lots of SOCIALISM there.

carlk | 13. august 2019


Everything everyone, including you and I , knows has already priced is the market. There is no good or bad time to get in or out of the market. For example this "recession is coming" talk was there quit a few years ago. You'd have missed a lot if you got out too early.

Buying a stock is to invest in a company. Let the market to play its own game just don't try to outsmart it. I remember years ago I always listen to a radio financial program in my car. Every fall there would be this commercial saying this winter will be sever and heating oil price will rise. It's a good time to invest in it now. Like they are the only ones who know winter is coming.

carlk | 13. august 2019

...priced in the market.

SCCRENDO | 14. august 2019

I guess OP may have an insight. Trump’s isolationism, China trade war as well as other trade wars combined with the Brexit clusterf*** may be triggering an earlier recession

And this is the indicator that scares people

SamO | 14. august 2019

We are paying for society on a credit card underwritten by China. How do you think this is going to end?

SCCRENDO | 14. august 2019

Part of it is on China's credit card. A whole lot is on the social security and other government program credit cards. It does not look good for many like our children and grandchildren in the long term

rxlawdude | 14. august 2019

@dmm is looking pretty damm smart.

Mike83 | 14. august 2019

Just added some Tesla shares this am but nothing else..I am not a trader but long term investor.

Middledawg | 14. august 2019

9/17/2008 The Hill

"White press secretary Dana Perino was asked repeatedly at the daily briefing Wednesday if the president continues to think, as he has said before, that the economy remains fundamentally strong. Sen. McCain (Ariz.) repeated the president's point Monday, after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, saying that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong.""

Throughout the spring and summer of 2008, Paulson, Bernanke and the administration made a stream of statements intended to calm things as storm clouds had gathered for two years began dumping rain on us. We are and will see this again because: 1) Sec Treasury, the FED head, and administration economic spokesmen are in a tough place; if they tell the truth it could set off a panic making things worse; 2) it's the Trump administration where everything is a stroke of genius on their part to the point that claims are Orwellian -- "black is white, up is down" etc.

One day they will look for the triggering incident. What tipped things over? In 2007, it was maturing teaser rates on mortgages that set off a wave of defaults that in turn caused mortgage bonds to fail which resulted in triggering several trillion in derivative contracts.

This time it will be blamed on Trump's tariffs/trade war.

We might have made it into 2020 and suffered a routine recession in the second half. That now looks unlikely. A correction is overdue. The only way to forestall it now would be for Trump to capitulate on his tariffs, I wouldn't depend on that happening. Even if he does, the damage done to our international trade relationships is already done. Farmers, for example, cultivated markets in China to sell them $300 billion in soybeans annually. That market is gone, the Chinese have moved on and that business won't come back.

The only good news we're likely to get for quite some time is that Trump is finished. Presidents presiding over recessions rarely get reelected.