In the history of my career, never in my life have I seen a week as flat, and as dull as this one.
If you’ve survived great, and if you’ve managed to “squeeze” a little money out of it – even better. Putting it in perspective can help you cope. “Knowing” the week’s trade volume was so slow and “knowing” it’s pretty irregular has one better manage their expectations for profit. Sitting there staring at it minute by minute questioning “what am I doing wrong” doesn’t do a guy any good. It’s not your fault. It’s one of the dynamics of trading forex that we just have to accept. A dud. Clearly – the week that “wasn’t”.
It’s obvious to me now that the Fed’s impending decision to “taper or not to taper” later next week, has the entire planet’s investment community sitting on their hands. As much as I truly don’t believe any “actual tapering” will take place ( as it’s will only manifest as an accounting entry of a “few less zero’s” for a couple of weeks/months ) I have come to realize that an “announcement of tapering” (however small and meaningless) may certainly be in the cards.
If it’s 10 billion or 15 billion again….the number is meaningless. The puppet strings moving behind the curtain will continue to pull markets as they see fit. If we do get a significant “sell off in risk” ( as emerging markets will stumble on the suggestion of less stimulus) it may only be further manipulation to “further justify” more QE down the road. If tapering “isn’t” announced, I would have to assume markets to perceive trouble in the U.S to be “worse” than previously thought ( as QE “full on” is still needed ) which may also contribute to a selling event.
Either way, it’s a very good idea for any trader to “buckle up” , manage their risk , and not get caught leaning to heavy in either direction.
I currently hold “no position” in USD, and have previously held long JPY’s as well a couple “stragglers” short commods ( AUD and NZD) that have not moved more than a hair for the entire week. The “insanity trade” finishes the week 65 pips in profit and holding.
written by F Kong