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December 15, 2015

Bonds On The Burner

Bonds are getting burned this morning, more than a full session ahead of tomorrow’s FOMC madness. And I’m not talking junk bonds either – as I’m typing this ZF, ZN, and the ZB are all on a tear to the downside.

Forgive me for being a bit skeptical here but either someone knows something I don’t (very much possible) or fear and panic are starting to kick in early. Either way this is excellent turf for bottom feeding market rodents like yours truly – when there’s blood in the streets and all. That said, I’m definitely waiting for the short term panel to paint a convincing price pattern as I’m not in the habit of [...]

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December 14, 2015

Expect Nothing And Accept Everything

That will be my motto for this last full trading week of the year as we are at the same time approaching the most significant fork in the financial road of 2015. As I am sure you are all aware this Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern the Federal Reserve will issue its verdict on whether to make good on a year long promise to finally raise its benchmark interest rate (i.e. fed funds rate). The current consensus is an increase from 25bps to 37.5bps – a meager increase of merely 1/8 of a percent. Nevertheless the increase would be the first since the financial crisis of 2008 and would be perceived as setting the stage for further tightening down the line.

You probably noticed that [...]

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December 11, 2015

Scaring The Children

The fear is literally oozing out of my charts right now. Hedge fund redemptions are on the increase, various funds are closing, banks are allegedly buying puts on other banks. Retail has been heading to the exits a long time ago, even here in the comment section it’s been suspiciously quiet in the past few weeks.

And who could blame you guys? After all we’ve got Mr. VIX slowly creeping higher and momo divergences are popping up everywhere. The Dollar is taking it up the rear and the Euro is back with a vengeance squeezing the shorts.

Here for example is the NYA50/NYA200 ratio. Boy, that is one scary chart!

VXV:VIX ratio – [...]

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December 4, 2015

There Is No Room At The Bottom

In 1959 at Caltech, Dr. Richard Feynman presented the American Physical Society with his classic lecture titled ‘There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom‘, outlining his vision of the future and the possibility of engineering microscopic technology down to the molecular scale. Feynman’s presentation has continued to inspire several generations of biologists, physicists, and chemists to this very day. Only in the recent past however, more than half a century later, are we beginning to harvest the fruits of his vision, as our scientific knowledge and technological capabilities are slowly encroaching into the microscopic world.

Unfortunately however it seems [...]

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