The Last Bear Standing Is A Bull

The annoying thing about late stage bull markets and in particular the formation of long term tops is that they take forever to play out. Navigating increasingly volatile swings accompanying the final throws of a dying bull cycle takes considerable amounts of patience, discipline, as well as skill. Like Bob The Horse reminded us the other day: Bear markets go out in a bang and bull markets go out in a whimper.

Now the dirty little secret about early stage bear markets is that the last bear standing is usually a bull. Yes, you read that right. Traditionally it’s not weak handed bears who take down a bull market, it’s simply a lack of buyers. Guess what – all those snarling bears who were printing some mighty coin in 2008 are long gone, wiped out during their persistent attempts to call a top when there was nothing but green candles ahead. I myself have seen their (virtual) faces disappear right here – one by one they simply vanished. The few who survived the ravages of one of the most significant bull markets in history relented and changed their approach just in time before their accounts had melted away like late winter snow in the glows of a spring sun.

Arguably this has been one of the most hated stock market advances in history, rife with controversy, bail outs, and market manipulations. But let me assure you that in retrospect – many years from now – you all will miss it. Because it was just too sweet and too easy while it lasted. Your children and grandchildren will look at those monthly charts and ask you how in the world you managed to fail banking a fortune in five years of such bull market extravaganza.

And I’m not talking about fairness – you all know how I feel about QE and Fed/ECB interventions. But from a trading perspective – boy – it was pure manna from heaven and it won’t ever come back – not in our lifetime at least. What awaits ahead won’t be as directional and it won’t be as easy. If you thought trading was difficult in the past five years then you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Now as you may recall I managed to squeeze in an ES short at 2040 yesterday morning and I consider myself extremely lucky as it went straight down from there. Now we’re basically hanging by a thread here and I’m not going to claim that we won’t see yet another FU rip higher, killing a boat load of shorts in the process. But that’s part of our existence as traders – not knowing. You don’t have a crystal ball and you basically just have to pick your battles as they present themselves. The war never ends and the goal is to simply keep winning more than you are losing. Choosing to be a trader is a bit like being born into European royalty in the medieval ages – there’s always a war on and participation is mandatory. And if you win enough you get to pillage ;-)

Anyway, if you take out shorts here then put your stop above ES 2040. Yes, it’s a huge range but that doesn’t matter – if this thing really breaks you’ll need that range anyway not to get shaken out. And if it bounces here and breaches 2040 then the bears are dead in the water (again) and we are painting new highs. Alea iacta est.

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EURUSD – I’m long here and I hate it. Stop below 1.1251, very much hope it’ll get touched but as you know I’m a lowly expat who earns in Dollars.

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The Dollar index however is looking pretty solid here and I’m long with a  stop below 94.6.

More short term goodies below the fold…


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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.

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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.

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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?

2015-01-22_spoos_update

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.

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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.).

2015-01-22_gold_update

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!

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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.

2015-01-15_EURUSD_briefing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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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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