It’s been a fun ride since last night when the spoos were breaching the red line on our inside day chart. I really hope you didn’t snooze that entry as double inside days have pretty high odds of success:
Whether or not we bounce back here is of course the one big question circulating in our rodent brains right now. Not to worry, the old Mole is on the job to offer a few insights you may find useful in making a call here. In essence – we are at an inflection point right now and right here – one that seems to be rather pronounced on the equity, currency, and commodities front. So please step into my lair for a quick inflection point chart roll call:
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Okay, so it’s summer and everyone is bitching about how there’s no edge in the tape – especially some of those lazy ass Ozzies who shall remain unnamed. Well, let me prove you otherwise and also take this opportunity to rub it in a little. Heck maybe I can even convince you to part with a mere $29.-/month to stop the slow drip drip drain on your portfolio
Yesterday I postulated (to the subs) that the spoos may either hold steady or drop toward the equivalent of SPX 1300 and then bounce back from there. It happened overnight and a lot faster than I thought but that’s exactly what happened.
Bonds: Once the 30-year futures pushed above the 25-day MA without a retest a touch of my 127 target proceeded as suggested.
The NLBL gave us two targets – one at 1526 and we are now at T2 (mislabeled on the chart) at 1560+. Again, the push above my trusted 25-d SMA sealed the deal on a push higher. But bear in mind that without price context (i.e. the Net-Lines Buy Level) that MA would only have limited meaning. Folks who only use MAs for entry decisions quickly learn that lesson – one way or the other.
Last but not least – Corn futures. I suggested a long entry at 600 when everyone ran in circles with their hair on fire. Look where we are now. I think I am going to add Corn and perhaps Sugar to our daily Net-Lines inventory.
Finally, a little freebie for everyone: Crude bounced at the NLSL and although we may see a little retest this suggests we are pushing toward the 100 mark. That NLBL is near the first target range, so if you take this NLSL rejection as a long entry (some play it that way) then I would be out there.
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The onus now is on the bulls to show that they can take this thing higher. Thus far we seem to have switched back into slow up grind mode and a breach of SPX 1341 should take us higher. If you are however looking to the downside then I have quite an interesting setup for you.
Either way, some of you have been clamoring for a short term chart update and since I’m in a good mood you shall receive:
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Now, as recently promised, I do have a little surprise for everyone:
Remember those mysterious charts I used to post in the past few weeks? Well, I labored hard and actually turned it into a blackbox trading strategy which I call Helter.Scalper. There are some similarities with Geronimo – it’s got the same target of 10 ticks and the same stop of 12 ticks but it has a completely different set of rules. Which incidentally is one of the major differences – where Geronimo has four to five entry rules Helter.Scalper currently has nearly 30. But there is one additional and essential difference – those rules constantly change. Let me explain.
See the problem with traditional trading strategies running against the type of tape we have seen in the past few years is that they all break down at some point as the game is constantly changing now. Trading equities against high frequency bots is a bit of an arms race and I literally see how the game is changing from one month to the other. So a major epiphany of mine was that a trading strategy should act a bit like viruses or bacteria – in that they constantly mutate and thus evolve to adapt to a changing environment. Which means the rules that make any trading strategy tick need to be able to adjust quickly enough to respond to environmental changes.
Now, that doesn’t mean that it should trade yesterday’s tape but my observations of the past two years shows that certain rules remain successful while others have off and on periods. This then led me to develop a completely new type of base strategy that is driven by configuration files instead of hard coded rules. Those configuration files are in turn generated via iterative optimization runs that constantly vet various rules against each other within a six month window (which for a 1-min scalper is a sufficient test period). When new rules emerge or old rules fall behind they are being re-ranked as each rule has a success percentage setting. As you can imagine the highest ranking rules have priority – they also happen to be more rare it seems. For instance the highest scoring rules right now are over 85% – but they only triggered around 15 times in the last six months, which is statistically weak. Then there are the worker bees, which are around 70% – those triggered around 50 – 60 times in the past six month, which is statistically stronger. Nevertheless you want to give statistically higher rules their chance and the solution lies not in complex comparison rules but simply in the strength of numbers.
By averaging a large number of rules together we arrive at a situation not dissimilar to what large trading shops are doing these days: Many different strategies (i.e. rules) are run concurrently and this way you wind up averaging out successfully and more consistently over time. When one set of rules starts breaking down odds are that another is starting to bank coin. Now hard coding this is extremely confusing and also difficult to maintain – which is why I spent a lot of time coming up with a way to use a configuration file model which can be updated dynamically.
The one challenge I will be facing of course is performance tracking and my goal now is to write an export function that writes all trades executed to the database. This way I can then use Google charts to produce dynamic and daily updates on Helter.Scalper statistics. Obviously this is going to take me a little while and in the interim I decided to invite everyone to a one-month beta testing period.
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