Sky Diving Elvis’

I’m going to dip my toe into a few symbols today again – however let’s re-emphasize again that small position sizing clearly should be our modus operandi for the foreseeable future. It is important that you understand that a practice of small position sizing (e.g. < 0.5% per campaign) and wider stops does not hamper our ability to profit but instead leverages this high volatility market phase in our favor. To place large bets during this period is tantamount to gambling, and if that’s what you’re after then I suggest you head for Vegas or Reno.

At least there you get to enjoy low priced hotel rooms, pool side entertainment, a sky diving Elvis, and girls in skimpy outfits serving you free drinks while they suck money out of your wallets*. You have been warned.

UPDATE: I had posted a ZB and ZN long trade but they hit the stop a few minutes after. I don’t see much edge in a short position here so I’m waiting for instructions. Meanwhile this is what’s left on the menu this morning:

2015-08-26_GBPCHF_briefing

GBP/CHF has been dancing on the 100-day SMA and I’m long here. However if stopped out near 1.46 I plan on reversing to short position. Again, SMALL position sizing – I’m taking 0.33% R position sizes today.


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2015-08-26_events

A little bit of event risk today an hour before the open. You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty.

Cheers,

* Why am I not in Vegas right now again?

Wicked Wednesday

It’s all smiles down here at the evil lair as Scalpius is starting to get its groove on and managed to bank over 20R in the past two sessions. I’m still fiddling with the trailing logic but at this point it is outperforming what I’m seeing in historical tape. Reason being is that you can never properly simulate the spread, the offers, the available volume – it has to be done live.  Proper trailing is as much an art as it is science as it needs to consider the momentum of the price action and weigh existing against potential future gains. Yes, you can come up with MFE stats but they can be deceptive because your strategy may not be banking coin consistently – some thrive in trending tape, others due to mean reversion. So you want to optimize it for the type of tape it’s built to exploit. In the case of Scalpius that’s ST trending tape.

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Picking a range inside that coveted sweet spot has been my recent endeavor and I have resorted to some rather creative approaches, which are truly pushing the envelope but seem to be paying off. The stats above show you the recent live track record which actually missed a few 4R winners (one today) as I’m still fiddling with my b/a spread filters. Definitely work in progress but it’s getting there and clearly I’m on the right track.

2015-08-12_natgas_update

Quick update on natgas – this one looks like it’s good to go. I’ve moved my stop up to the break/even spot now and until this thing picks a direction there’s nothing to do. Natgas has been in this sideways hell for months now, which is rather uncharacteristic. When it finally takes off one of these days there will be hell to pay. They call it the widow maker for a reason.

2015-08-12_ZF_briefing

Alright, we have a ton of setups today, ladies and leeches! Let’s start with the bonds, here’s the five year contract which I’m long with a stop below 110’3. This one could turn into a trending candidate but it’s still a bit early to judge.

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Ten year futures – also long here with a stop below 128.

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And the thirty year – you get the idea. I have split my R between those three in case you wonder – I’m not that bold and neither should you be.

Quite a bit more below the fold – meet me in the lair:


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By the way the Evil Lair’s genetic science division managed to splice together gene samples of Ragnar Lothbrock plus some essence of Godsmack and Disturbed. Here’s what came out the test tube:

Now I admit – nothing really new here BUT for some reason it’s absolutely brilliant. Can’t stop listening to it. It’s a new band so these guys need some promotion. If you like it send it to everyone you know. And let’s not forget Disturbed is releasing a new album in a few days. Maybe there’s hope for rock & roll in this decade just yet.

Cheers,

The Game In A Nutshell

I think today’s session should serve as a stark reminder that the very last thing you should ever attempt is to apply even the slightest sliver of logic to market behavior, especially during volatile periods. I’m going to make this very easy for you rats, so listen up and listen carefully now. If in doubt or if you find yourself attempting to make a prediction as to where the tape may swing in response to big news events remind yourself of the following:

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Now read the line above again a few times and then write it on a piece of paper and stick it to your wall or resident shark tank if you have one handy. I prefer the latter as it serves as a proper backdrop to that message and for all you pikers I have put together a little theme pic which you can use instead 😉

2015-06-29_spoos_update

Case in point are the spoos which first gapped lower screwing anyone left long – then attempted to close the gap until the 100-day SMA (and weekly NLBLs) to then turn on a dime and continue lower. Clearly there is no explaining any of this and neither should we try. The chart above provided us with all we need to know.

2015-06-29_zero

So did the Zero I may add which has been pointing down all day since the open. But chances are you weren’t watching that one as you’re a nomadic ZeroEdge reading retail rat and thus can’t afford the monthly subscription for your $2000 E*Trade account.

2015-06-29_ZM_setup_freebie

Soybean meal – I just held my nose and take a spoon full long here with a stop below 332. 1/2R only as the daily context is looking rather bearish so odds have it I’ll be stopped out. But if not it’ll catch a bunch of folks off guard.

2015-06-29_Euro_setup

Euro – nice upper BB touch and I’m short here 1/2R. I do love this chart but the gap turned into a short squeeze. Why? Because a reversal higher and beyond didn’t make any sense whatsoever, which is exactly why it happened. If that confuses you please re-read the intro above.

The force today is definitely with Forex – and for my intrepid subs I have more setups waiting below the fold:


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That’s it for today – I hope none of you guys were caught off guard and are positioned nicely. Definitely no lack in volatility and odds have it that we’ll see a bit more before things quiet down for Independence Day weekend.

Cheers,




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