Better Triptych Than Cryptic

I can literally see you guys scratching your collective heads, so let’s precede the charts with what the heck a ‘triptych’ is supposed be. Here you go – lifted right off Wikipedia: A triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works.

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Well, I guess that cleared it all right up then, didn’t it? And you’ll be happy to know that all triptychs presented today were painstakingly hand-carved by yours truly. That’s right – we spare no expense here at Evil Speculator! (RIP Richard!)

Alright now seriously – it’s the end of the month and since the tape is diddle daddling around the 2k mark, pretending that it has any real meaning, this is as good a time as ever to revisit a few of our long term charts. And guess what – we’ll do it triptych style, meaning we look at the daily|weekly|monthly panels side by side. This way we are able to better discern where potential inflection points are present.

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Starting of course with equities here we have the E-Mini futures – purists would insist on charting the cash but on the long term side I think it’s acceptable to use them as price differences sort of wash out. As you can see there is – well, actually there’s almost nothing to be seen here in terms of upside resistance. I see a truck load of weekly and monthly support, for that matter. For instance there’s the brand spanking new NLSL on the weekly backed up by the 25-week SMA. On the monthly we’ve got the diagonal from hell which has been frustrating the bears for several years now. And every month higher produces another stepping stone for the bulls per the Net-Line rules (see the cheat sheet).

So we are looking at a solid trend here folks and if you cut out all the noise it’s never been really threatened this year, despite the little drop we recently played quite effectively.

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This chart paints a big smile on this lowly expat’s silly face – old bucky finally got its groove on and there’s really nothing holding it back until about 83.5. That is where I expect to be scaling out of those long positions which have been adding much ill-gotten gains to my trading account.

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Well, it’s been a fun and most of all – very profitable – summer for us steel rats. If you played along then you pad yourself on the shoulder and reward yourself with generous helping of your favorite malt beverage. Your mileage may vary but you know what that means for this old market megalomaniac :-)

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Darth Mole’s Evil Deeds

Since last Friday some of you have been enjoying the fruit of Darth Mole‘s predictive abilities ahead of volatility surges. Although I am the one who developed this newest contraption I myself am stunned by how spot on it is. Personally I consider it a huge step forward in identifying intra-day market cycles. Why? Because once you identify an entry opportunity near a systemic or technical inflection point a successful campaign hinges on two key components: 1) direction and 2) volatility.

Direction is binary in most cases – you are either long or short. But obviously there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye. You could be right about the general direction but you could still be whipsawed out of your entry. This happens quite a lot. Or perhaps you have a time-based window in which you are operating. Nevertheless in order to pick effective entries getting positioned ahead of large moves is obviously key (unless you dabble in calendar spreads). Protecting yourself against whipsaws and shake-outs obviously complicates matters but volatility is what drives profits and losses. Very rarely do we enjoy slow orderly advances to the upside – at least on an intra-day basis.

I wanted to share a few charts with Darth Mole alerts during the past three sessions. Here’s EUG/GBP – the yellow candle signifies an anticipated slowing in price volatility while any blue candles suggest a jump in price volatility. Getting positioned after the latter was triggered would have been rather profitable had you followed price lower and bowed out after 1 or 2 R. Obviously GBP was expected to whipsaw due to event risk today and I would advise against keeping any pertinent ST campaigns open during that time.

Here’s cable – very similar idea formation and Darth Mole called it spot on. One could suggest that this was easy to anticipate due to the BOE Inflation Report. Okay, let’s look at a few more then…

Here’s EUR/USD – once again Darth Mole nailed it.

USD/JPY – very nice calls as well. On the very left I saw an instance where Darth Mole got it wrong. But then again compared with the preceding candles I do believe it made a fair call. Because volatility did slow down – this is not about direction after all. Sometimes a slow down means sideways tape but sometimes it means only a slow down but the trend continues.

USD/CAD – beautiful.

And here’s gold – caught it a bit late here on the very right and admittedly it would have been a tough trade either way.

Bottom Line: In conjunction with your existing entry and campaign rules Darth Mole has the potential to significantly shift the odds in your favor. Just like sailors heading into the open sea, knowing when and where to anticipate rough waters would be an important survival tool in your arsenal. Frankly, I don’t think trading will ever be the same for me. Granted, as the author I’m probably subjective, so the thoughts and insights of traders like you would be very much appreciated.

If you care about price volatility (and as any self respecting trader you should) then here’s your chance to give Darth Mole a test run. We’re making it available for FREE throughout August to show you how awesome it is – we are confident that it will revolutionize your trading. You can sign up right now and enjoy your free ride for the rest of the month. If you want free Jabber alerts as well then send me an email to admin@ with your amember user id and the password you want. You will find step by step Jabber/XMPP instructions on the bottom of the DarthMole page.

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Zoning Laws

After an exhausting topping pattern equities finally resolved to the downside last week. And as always it is magnitude and vehemence of the follow up bounce that determines what happens next. But it’s not as easy as waiting a session or two and then declaring a winner. Sometimes those bad boys are trying to fake us out. So when caught inside a sideways guessing week without the proximity of any significant technical context I often resort to zoning in order to structure my approach.

Clearly the volume hole near 1935 is the gateway for the bulls and it also demarks bearish from bullish potential. Anything beyond 1940 is still part of the obligatory bounce we have been expecting – remember the 25-day SMA sits right there to block the way (shown below). If the bulls advance above it then we are in the high bounce area, which does not completely kill the bearish case but puts it into serious peril. And obviously anything above 1965 shifts the odds back to the bulls.

On the downside we have the guessing zone in which we’re currently stuck. Being short here is actually not a bad spot to be in IF you grabbed your shorts near 1940 (i.e. yesterday). Otherwise there is nothing of interest down here until we drop below 1910 – if the bears manage to drop the tape this low we could easily see acceleration lower. However IF we do it’s still possible that the bulls stage a late f-u rally higher.

What to do? 1) you are already short since 1940ish – don’t do anything and put your stop to break even. 2) You can get short right now but only with 1/2R – then build your position as it drops lower each 1/2R increment – your stop would be above yesterday’s highs. 3) Going long near the lows is possible if we approach 1910 – if you are short already then I would simply hold them and monitor the situation. 4) Be long above 1940 with a stop below – this is not expected to be a long term campaign unless the bulls start ripping this higher.

I know – complicated but as Scott mentioned – this is going to be a shitty week on the equities front.

Here’s a wee bit more context – the SMA/NL  chart shows us a support trifecta sitting below. There’s a NLBL at 1923.5 – the 100-day SMA at 1911 and finally a NLSl below 1900. A breach below that one puts us solidly into bear territory.

Now on the long side I would not play the spoos – I would go with the NQ instead. Technically we are painting an RTV-L today and if we get that bounce (yellow and green in the zoning laws above) then this would be my instrument of choice.

On the short side however… well, more about that below the fold and a few more goodies for my intrepid subs:


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Honorable mention:

Gold – courtesy of Darth Mole. If you saw this one last night you may have played that break out higher. And that wasn’t the only one today: EUR/GBP, crude, soybeans, bonds – significant jump in volatility. If you haven’t signed up for Darth Mole yet – it’s FREE all through August. Have fun!

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