As a fundamental element of my trading plan – I need to stay active. I rarely leave profits sitting on the table for more than a day, and equally – can’t stand sideways directionless action. My short-term trade technology has proven incredibly reliable once again as I have been 100% cash nearly 10 days now (Permit and Bonefishing in Punta Allen – please google it) and literally haven’t missed a pip. The majority of currency pairs (with a few exceptions) are sitting at nearly the exact levels as a week ago, while equities and PM’s have more or less treaded water.
This soon will change.
Thursday’s, with their barrage of U.S economic data have often provided swing points in markets – and I suspect that this week will be no different. With a bit of news out of Canada tomorrow as well the GBP unemployment rate, my current “tech” should have me on one side of the fence or the other, sometime late tomorrow evening / possibly early Thursday morning.
As difficult as it is to believe at times, and as little sense as it makes (considering the general state of “things”) I still favor further upside in coming weeks, but am a touch more cautious than I may have been prior. Obviously nothing moves in a straight line – so the usual zigs n zags are expected…as we likely “grind” higher.
Some signs of life also being seen in the PM’s and related mining stocks and etf’s.
I will continue to monitor commods vs USD as well JPY, and should the USD continue in another leg down – getting long GBP also looks like a promising trade. The JPY pairs have obviously had their “day in the sun” and I would be reluctant to push much further without seeing a reasonable pullback/correction before continuing (in general) short JPY against the lot. I’ve seen no real change fundamentally as the currency wars continue – with everyone taking their turn at bat. Perhaps Thursday’s U.S data will be the catalyst to push things firmly in one direction or the other.