Nikkei Weekly – One Ugly Candle

I’m gonna make this quick as to get something else posted here before this site turns into a soapbox.

As per suggestion some days ago – the Japanese stock market has most certainly “corrected”. Unfortunately I got cold feet before the weekend and trimmed my positions considerably – only banking an addition 2-3% as opposed to the amount needed to purchase the yacht I’ve had my eye on. These things happen, – and I am no worse for it. Shoulda , coulda , woulda has no place in my trading, as the opportunities continue to present themselves in bountiful fashion.

I will sit patiently throughout the day, and allow volume to pick up from the “anemic state” we’ve floundered in over the past week. I’m not exactly sure where the hell everyone went – but assume “running with bunnies” and “gargling chocolate”  may have been on the list of activities.

In light of the sell off overseas – and its implications with respect to “risk aversion” – all is unfolding exactly as planned.

Come closer little rabbit – I’ve got some stocks I’d love to sell you here, come closer…a little closer…that’s right – just a little closer  – BAM!

Im 100% cash yet again – with orders in place “should JPY continue higher”.


Japanese Stocks – JPY Correlation

The typical correlation between the value of a given markets equities, and the value of its local currency is pretty well illustrated here. The Nikkei has come along way – and as I expect JPY to take a bounce, one can only assume it’s likely time for a correction in Japanese stocks as well.

The chart below is weekly – and the horizontal line of support and resistance should be drawn with a “crayola crayon” not a laser pointer. When viewing a weekly chart one has to keep in mind that a “turn” doesn’t happen overnight. Imagine even one or two more candles tucked up there around these price levels  – and you’re already looking out to mid April.

Nikkei Close To Correction

Nikkei Close To Correction

At times  – some of my trades take weeks to develop, and then even longer to pay off ( all be it… pay off well ). For those seeking “instant gratification” when trading foreign exchange – perhaps you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Finding the opportunities is one thing – being able to effectively trade them is another.

It’s been a real grind sideways in the majority of the JPY pairs over the past couple weeks, and the trade has tested me on several occasions. With volatility at extremes and a lack of clarity in market direction – JPY certainly hasn’t “taken off for the moon” on this expected move higher. As outlined in the chart above – the probability of a substancial move remains. 

Trading JPY – When Short Turns Long

If you’ve been trading the Japanese Yen (JPY) alongside me these past few months,  I’m sure that you agree….the currency has been a real friend. The steep and steady slide of JPY over the past few months has made for some excellent trade opportunities – for that I am thankful.

Once you’ve tracked and traded a currency this tight, for an extended period of time – you really start to get a feel for its movements. What time of the day holds action, when to sit out, when to step on the gas, or when to sit back and enjoy the ride. By now you’ve got 8 million horizontal lines of support and resistance drawn at levels you’ve now come to know in your sleep. You are now….one with Yen!

As we know nothing moves in a straight line, and no currency exists in a vacuum so….at some point the tides change and your “easy ride down” morphs into some “bumpy days sideways” until finally a correction “upward” is due.

Taking into consideration that JPY is still very much so considered a safe haven currency (as we’ve been over  – with Japan holding the majority of its debt domestically), coupled with current fundamentals shifting  “towards” risk off behavior I feel the time is coming very soon to flip this one upside down – and start looking LONG JPY.

For me this would manifest in taking “short positions” in AUD/JPY, NZD/JPY,CAD/JPY and possibly several others as markets continue across the top before making their move lower.

Bernanke is on deck for Wednesday with the FOMC minutes being released so…I imagine he’ll want to talk it up that QE is right on track and set to continue. This along with the current fluster of information out of the EU Zone makes for a pretty tricky couple days. I will be monitoring and watching all my previously drawn lines of S/R as they will all just get hit again on the upside.

In this case I am considering that buying JPY will align with “risk off coming into markets” for those of you looking to line up the fundamentals. JPY is a safe haven and is likely “bought” in times of risk aversion.

Go Ahead BOJ – Make My Day!

There is considerable expectation that with tonight’s monetary policy announcement – The Bank of Japan will be adding to its current easing program – and continue to expand its balance sheets.

What does this mean to me as a trader?

It will likely contribute to further Yen weakness if indeed further easing is announced……and provide for some excellent trading opportunities.

Regardless… money generally  flows “out” of safe haven currencies (such as the Yen and the U.S dollar)  and “in” to risk related currencies (such as the AUD and NZD) I see fantastic trade opportunities developing in pairs such as AUD/JPY, NZD/JPY as well as CAD/JPY.

The Australian , New Zealand and Canadian currencies  are often referred to as the “CommDolls” in that these countries are large producers and exporters of such commodities as gold, silver, and oil.

So…..What would anyone consider the Yen a safe haven?