It never hurts to consider the “what if’s” – right?
Playing the devil’s advocate here, I fully understand the complete and total “retail euphoria” currently playing out in markets. Don’t get me wrong either….I’ve missed a couple trades here and there. Fair enough.
Stepping back and taking a wider view…the SP 500 hasn’t “really” gone anywhere for a full month ( some 20 odd trading days ) as much as the general media hype would still have you think you’ve missed the boat.
“This” isn’t exactly what I call missing a large scale move:
SP 500 – 20 days flat
Now the “what if”.
You all know I watch the Japanese Nikkei much closer than I generally do the SP so….
The weekly Nikkei is still suggestive of a considerable pullback on the horizon OR…..(and this is still quite possible) a major top / market reversal spanning several weeks.
Nikkei Looks Tough To Me
There is tonnes of room below – on route towards both the 50 day MA as well the 200 ( and we all know I love that 200! ) but more than that…..the previous high back there in Nov/Dec has yet again proven to be a very strong area of resistance.
What if……the Nikkei does still lead? What if….this retail “blow up” turns dramatically dark / sinister on some kind of “nuke news” out of Korea? What if your newly financed car ends up back on the lot since you recently dumped your life savings into the market?
Personally…..and I’ll say it again….I don’t like it.
I’m looking for a good reason to jump off the fence so….. your comments and opinions more than welcome.
If it’s all just rainbows and butterflies…..why am I not buying stocks?
Anyone who hasn’t already learned their lesson “this summer” can simply file it away for next year. You’ve learned something right? You’ve learned that you just can’t “make” markets move…no matter how badly you are scratching to hit those buttons! Markets suck during the summer, and I don’t care what anyone else has to say about. I know. I continue to survive – picking my shots when most likely to see reward….staying out of trouble when volume is low.
Summer is no time for big moves / big trades or big expectations. Take it. Learn from it…and consider yourself a better trader.Done deal.
Looking ahead….as much as it pains me to admit it…..this thing continues to pull in retailers at an incredible clip, and has every likelihood of blowing expectations “TO THE UPSIDE”.
All the pieces are in place really….as I receive more and more inquiries from old friends across the planet asking me for investment assistance “scared shitless” that they’re gonna miss out – as their broker just called with another hot deal.
All the makings of one incredible “blow off top / blast for the stars rip” as the last of the retail gang get’s off the couch with their 2k nest eggs. Sad in a sense as……these poor folk are very often buying the top and unable to act quickly enough to book profits before the fall. Seeing it s many times in the past…..it’s a cycle and it ALWAYS repeats.
I got bumped ( obviously ) on the last lil trade with The U.S Dollar ‘s continued fall. Certainly didn’t expect another daily cycle down, but that should be the last before both USD and U.S Stocks pop to the upside.
Charts? I got nothin……short of wishing I could chart my continued boredom / lack of participation vs some idiot out there pushing buttons all summer. Profits dick-head? I think not.
I will plow you in the face – the next dumb ass giving me a hard time in the comments section believe me. I’ve gotten on planes to “make things right” for a lot less.
Cool your jets kiddies….I’m back, and will be lighting it up again here shortly.
Well well well…..it looks as though USD has finally, FINALLY found its bottom.
I can pull out a number of fantastic correlations / trades in the currency market ‘specific to USD’ but at this point in time…..the general market movement / usual correlations will be saved for another day – as we’ve all seen a number of these fall apart as of late.
Gold has fallen consistently “with” USD which in most cases makes no sense, tech stocks have been clobbered and considering the buoyancy in markets in general….have NOT been actively participating.
EUR/USD pretty straight forward here: SAFE TO SHORT
safe to short EUR
Markets continue to trade in “good ol summer fashion” leaving most traders scratching their heads looking for direction.
It’s nuts out there! You know it, I know it.
You’d think an intermediate bottom in USD would send Gold decidedly lower…but even there….gold has landed near an area of support so…..we’ve got some “rotation” going here, and need to take the time to figure out – WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING NEXT?
Risk trade in AUD/JPY would appear to have hit resistance but…..nothing to write home about.
Risk Trade in AUD/JPY
It “almost looks to me” like a bottom in USD might amount to more U.S stocks being sold, and in turn US dollar reserves moving higher, while gold stays flat but….that’s pure speculation.
We need another day er two to see how things unfold from here. I’m short EUR/USD – and that’s it!
I’m bored. You’re bored too.
The summer grind is certainly “doing its thing” so a quick update on my trade activity will have you rolling your eyes. “Common Kong! – Give us something to trade man! You’re killing us here!”
Just stay short Gold and related names…..as the move hasn’t really even happened yet. Stay long USD as again…..these last few days / weeks have generally traded flat asa pancake but an intermediate decline in Gold ( and subsequent rally in USD ) is the only thing worth looking at here short/medium term.
I’ve added to my short play on MUX ( as a cheap gold short nothing more ) and am still holding short EUR/USD.
It’s boring as hell…but these trades will materialize in a more significant manner here shortly….all you have to do is be patient.
Personally….I rarely look at this pair as any, “ANY indication” of larger market moves or global appetite for risk as – these are they two most widely held reserve type currencies on the planet, and their comparable movement does nothing for me / my analysis or for the most part….my account.
The general “forex media / forex industry” promotes the trading of this pair like there’s no tomorrow, and new traders tend to love it. Don’t ask me why. Well ok ask me why…..cuz they don’t know anything about forex before they start trading it!
So if the coming move in forex markets “in general” can be at all illustrated for you “new comers” via this pair – take a look at the weekly chart of EUR/USD:
Resistance Ahead For EUR
See that big red candle back near the first part of October? The one with the tall “wick” on it? High of 1.1305? Then looking back…..see the confluence area surrounding this price level “rough and nasty”?
Now check Gold:
Resistance For Gold
Support For USD
These are the kinds of “large time frame” areas of support and resistance where you can start considering some “serious” trading . Not getting bogged down in the short-term flutters, if you can just manage to keep your friggin hands off the mouse for a day er two!
Not much more to be said here. You know what I’m getting at as this trade is getting very close.
It’s the “knowing ahead of time” and the “recognition” that these levels and correlations exist that will elevate your short term trading as you should “already know” the levels to watch for reversal. THEN pop down to your 1H charts and plot your entry.
Eur set to top. Gold set to top. USD set to bottom for a solid “medium term trade” so……start eyeing these charts for their reversal on the 1H at the bare minimum before even considering entry.
You owe me big time.
As per my previous post – I have absolutely “zero expectations” for the next few weeks / months of trading.
I’ve seen this kind of market activity many, many times in the past. Dead money just sitting there doing nothing. Staring at it……not the way I choose to spend my days. Now, there is always the possibility that things may change…some major news event, or large-scale geo political scenario where markets react but seriously……in the current environment, the “Trump environment”?? One can only assume something impactful leading to further “downside” if anything.
This “summer thing” is for real, and rightfully so. People are out throwing frisbee’s with the dog – not hunkered down in some dingy basement pouring over charts.
Best recommendation I can make for trigger happy traders – keep a close watch for news / anything that “might” provide opportunity to move the needle but otherwise..take this down time to do two things:
- Practice your entries on a one hour chart.
- Continue study on “macro markets” as opposed to “day to day activity” in a single market.
The one hour chart is where I generally make my entries “after” I’ve established a reasonable area of both “price and time” to do so. This generally dictated by daily cycle counts.
Getting a handle on “how this entire thing works” is extremely valuable. Once you’ve included Japan in your analysis, currencies and their roles on a global perspective “and” the relationship with bonds / stock prices and gold. You’ve got a very good platform to form your trade analysis.
If you only approach this as a technical exercise ( trading that is ) …..unfortunately you’ll struggle longer term.
I’m cashed out, short of small holdings in ACB ( Aurora Cannabis ) having blasted out my few “USD long trades” entered some days ago – flat / break even / boring as hell / stuck in the mud.
I don’t waste time on this, when markets go on holidays.
Market euphoria has now lead to a complete and total collapse in volatility.
Volatility rises when people get scared. No one appears to be very scared as volatility is now at an “all time low” ( obviously correlation with markets being near all time highs ) – Get it?
Isn’t this about the time one starts thinking…hmmm….no one is scared, volatility at all time low, markets at all time highs….hmmm…..thinking, thinking….hey! Let’s start looking at buying some volatility around here!
Volatility Has Crashed
One can only assume we are getting very close to a reasonable bounce in volatility as – markets never change. Just when you think it’s safe…..boom – things head in the opposite direction.
Watch that Nikkei. Watch that AUD/JPY as well USD/JPY and add volatility to your short list ’round these levels.
A lil bit of UVXY here over coming days? I like it.
So many retail investors constantly searching for the “single metric” that “single indicator” that will Trump all, and provide the most valuable insight into the deep dark secrets of “mother market”.
Look no further.
The currency pair USD/JPY tells you everything you need to know.
USD/JPY at resistance
No need to draw any more lines / arrows on the chart as you can clearly see ( by looking back and identifying areas of previous support and resistance) – USD/JPY is now approaching “serious” resistance here around 112.00
This is a simple “bell weather for risk appetite” as….USD/JPY will FALL as risk comes off. From a purely technical standpoint – things don’t look good for bulls here.
Watch and see as the outcome from this week’s Fed meeting comes to light here Wednesday. You’d have to assume The Fed will again “talk down the dollar” as further appreciation will continue to kill U.S Exports.
I’m locked and loaded. Have you made your plan?
This set’s up time and time again when you’ve got the timing right. Gold is going to complete its correction here very shortly, and there are several “juicy trades” on deck. Every “wanna be stock guy” on the planet has this chart / set up on his screen.
Something interesting though…
The U.S Dollar “has bounced” against a large number of currencies but “vewy very quietwy” as The Euro has bounced EVEN more! This is not something you see very often and ( in my view ) is suggestive of some very VERY SERIOUS currency repositioning.
This is setting up for “crash like / waterfall action” in USD – and I would expect U.S Equities to follow.
I “could enter as early as Friday as this is a slam dunk. Risk gonna come off HARD next week.
Here is what you do:
Wait until you see gold bottom / dollar top. You need to “get ready and wait” as this one’s gonna help you pay for that big vacation you’ve been planning.
The FOMC meeting is early next week so I would not be surprised if we just bounce around ’til then. Get ready and wait…I’ll post specifics over coming days but this is the plan. This is gonna be a doozy!
I’ve sat out a few days and missed some pretty decent action in USD – as the slide continues.
This will continue for much longer, so I’m going to take a day er two here to let it breathe – then jump back in on the short side. The U.S Dollar is attempting to find a bottom, not only in an immediate sense ( having absolutely no luck ) but more so in an “intermediate / medium term” sense. Let me explain…
When you see a continued pattern of “lower lows and lower highs” on a daily chart / time frame you’ve got to understand….this is no small time trend. We are talking about weeks and week of a given asset falling lower, then lower than the previous low, then lower than “that” low until finally a much larger “intermediate cycle” completes. You dig?
The U.S Dollar will bounce here and likely bring in a large number of traders assuming this is a bottom. This IS NOT even close. Look for a decent bounce here on the 1H as a great place to re enter short.
That’s all I’ve got for today folks as I am busy busy with “yet another venture” so…watch for the bounce here in “risk in general” and get your levels checked/locked and loaded on all correlating pairs – set for another round of “short use trades”.