My New Best Friend

My apologies for being relatively quiet on such an exciting day. Unfortunately there was a death in my wife’s family and I had to be there to offer some moral support. Which means I haven’t been trading (much – the systems are always on) and earlier this morning there was no reason to grab positions ahead of Draghi’s announcement.


So let’s talk about the big news first – most likely I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know but in a nutshell: Despite strong dissent by both German members of the ECB’s board the decision is to issue €1.1 Trillion in QE at €60 Billion per month. That’s a mighty chunk of change aimed at countering the threat of a supposed deflationary spiral. Obviously much of that had already been priced in but the expectation had been around €50 Billion per month but what’s another €10 Billion among friends, right?

Accordingly the EUR/USD is now at 1.13 and change and there’s no telling when this free-fall will end.


Clearly Draghi didn’t win any popularity contests over in the old Vaterland today, but he’s now officially my new best friend. Looks like I’m going to save a lot of money on toilet paper and may be able to move operations into my favorite Valencian palacio. Because unless the U.S. Fed is interceding somehow in the near term future we may see the Euro on par with the Dollar at some point this year. How about we organize an Evil Speculator Euro-Par-ty over here in Spain when it happens?


On the equities side we’ve been getting exactly what I suggested yesterday – more upside and we are now approaching the point of no return for the bears. Given my post I had a very tough time taking an NQ long position via Thor last night – the short campaign had previously ended at break even. It’s interesting how I was emotionally uncomfortable about placing this trade. Scott and I were on the phone and the consensus was ‘yes, we absolutely have to take this trade’ – especially since we were both pretty bearish. Practice what you preach, so to say.


Bottom Line: Nothing has changed – 1600 is where the bears fumble the ball again and we most likely are going to see new highs. Which however wouldn’t mean that this bull market picks up where it left off a few months ago. I maintain that we are in the late stages here and I also don’t like the participation I’m seeing on the Zero. This may turn any day and I suggest that you slim down any significant equity exposure (i.e. large stock portfolios, stock based funds, ETF/ETNs, etc.).


Our gold campaign is looking very good now as we are only a bagel throw away from the 100-week SMA at 1310. Not shown on the panel above is the monthly NLBL at 1290 which we’ve already crossed. A close above this mark on January 31st would be a monthly buy signal and excellent news for anyone already long (i.e. this lowly Mole). I’ve told you guys that I intend to hold this one into 1500, that would be one trade for posterity given my 1212 entry.

That’s all for today – see you guys tomorrow.

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Swiss Only Learn The Hard Way

If you just woke up and found your Forex account in flames then let me give you the skinny. The Swiss National Bank finally realized the errors of their currency pegging ways and decided to suddenly throw in the towel. Which of course triggered a massive dislocation across Forex markets as the Swiss Franc surged by 30pc. As I’m typing this the Swiss stock exchange is a sea of red dropping as much as 14%. Well done!


Now when I was a young kid traveling in Europe a Swiss train conductor kicked me out of the train in the middle of nowhere somewhere in the hinterlands of rural Italy because I couldn’t afford a pass for the sleep wagons (there were only sleep wagons on that train). Since that day I can’t stand the Swiss and for good reason. They are stubborn as heck and they only learn the hard way. And that’s coming from someone who actually went to Kindergarten there! I hope the SMI gets cut in half you cow tipping alphorn blowing wankers.


So let’s observe the damage. Here’s the EUR/USD – dropped toward 1.15 and has recovered a bit of that first wipeout. Word has it that the Swiss will now have to sell a ton of Euros (at massive losses) and that probably means more downside on that front.


Is that an ugly chart or what? EUR/CHF – back from whence we came back in 2011 when they screwed with everyone the first time around.


Dollar got kicked in the head and then in the balls. I don’t recommend you pick any direction here at this point – let it settle down.


U.S. equities rather tranquil in comparison. But look at all that volatility over the past few sessions. So far that support cluster appears to be holding however – the onus is now on the bears to take it lower. Today. If they can’t drag this sucker lower on a day like this they’re toast (again).


Gold update – jumped higher as should be expected. My entry at 2012 is starting to look solid now.


Crude is taking advantage of all the confusion and is trying to make a run for it – the 50 mark is in its sights. This would be a long/buy if it breaks the daily NLBL.

A few juicy setups below the fold – meet me in the lair:

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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty. See you guys later this afternoon.


Strap On Your Helmets

I don’t know what exactly happened near 2050 but equities somehow hit an invisible about an hour ago. I sense a major disturbance in the force. Please make sure your seat belt and safety bar is securely fastened – we’re about to embark on a wild ride!


Alright, I’m trying to keep up here but things are unfolding quickly. See how we breached yesterday’s highs briefly and then suddenly fell back and that fast. There is a tiny volume hole near 2020 and as you remember it demarks the bear from our current 40 handle shake out zone. Should we actually close the session below it then things could get out of hand here quickly overnight.


Back in the box with you! By the time you read this we could however be near the 100-hour – this is highly contested tape. I’m still short the NQ via Thor and we were literally a few ticks from getting stopped out today. Crazy tape and anything may happen here and probably fast.


That was one chart that looked a bit ominous to me all through today’s advance. Keep on eye on the EURJPY correlation for early hints of either bull or bear traps – and of course the Zero. Honestly I have no idea where this ends up but as of right now I’m out of today’s ES longs and still in my NQ shorts (again via Thor).


Gold update – you may remember that I was lucky there as well – our stop was below 1207. More precisely I had it at 1206.5 as I never put my stops at an even number. Which kept me in long positions since 1212 – thus far banking me 5R – it was 7R an hour or so ago but gold fell hard since then. My trailing stop is at 1233.5 and I have an inkling it’ll get touched today.

Two juicy setups await below the fold – please step into my lair:

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