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Welcome back to the jungle! Equities are still dangling by a thread here and the short term chart shows us a binary entry opportunity on the spoos which I intend to throw 1/4R at (I’m still short as you recall).

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I think the 2k mark on the E-Mini is our big line in the sand now. If you want to be short then you’ve got the 25-hour and a NLBL  at 1996 just above you. If that’s breached and held then I think we’re sending the monks on yet another ride around the roller coaster.

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By the way, watch out around 10:00am EST this morning as we’re getting the ISM numbers for January. Should be good for a little jolt or two.

I was able to dig up two more short term setups this morning but am keeping those for my intrepid subs:


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

Cheers,

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.

2015-01-29_EURUSD_briefign

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

Cheers,

Wrapping Up The Year

And here we are – the last trading session of 2014. It’s been an exciting year to say the least with plenty of nasty traps along the way. But we made it through just fine, consistently banking coin all year, by simply sticking to our guns (i.e. charts) and of course by persistently honing our game. Trading is a constant arms race and stagnation equals slow death – the sharks are constantly circling. I for sure am a better trader today than I was last time I drafted my final post for the year. I am glad you all were along for the ride and hope your accounts are better for it. Now let’s wrap things up Evil Speculator style – with an exhaustive long term perspective of where we’ve been and what the new year may hold in store for us.

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We have a lot of contenders but the most salient chart of the year clearly was crude. Rarely have I witnessed such a concerted and systematic sell off, even in futures. I say rarely because if you look back it has happened once before in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis. That drop took us from over 140 all the way to 40. But this time was completely different in that we didn’t see any major market dislocations and in my mind this clearly was a message to Putin from our friends at the State Department.

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Which makes it a bit harder to propose any technical support levels – many have tried and failed over the past few months (I wasn’t one of them – knowing the cost of engaging in long term predictions). However there are inherent dynamics in the production and supply chain of crude which suggest that prices below the 50 mark would be difficult to maintain for extended periods.

Our P&F chart originally suggested a price objective of 82, which has been far exceeded. So technically speaking we don’t have much to hang our hats on and it’s quite possible that we may see an exhaustion spike lower before crude is ready to paint a floor. Plus we just triggered a bearish triangle break down two days ago and that’s not the time you want to start accumulating long positions. Remember that markets can remain ‘irrational’ a lot longer than you can remain solvent – that rule applies to both the up and downside. By all means buy the fear but make sure you have at least some technical context to back you up.

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It’s not been an easy ride in equities this year and by all definitions we are in the late stages of an historic five year bull market. But it’s those late stage that often prove to be the most treacherous, as they are paved with increasing volatility on both the up and down side. The 25-week SMA was tested five times this year but the bears only managed to breach it once. It was the most serious medium term correction we had seen since late 2012 but the counter response speaks to the more volatile market conditions we should also expect for 2015.

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A few weeks ago I posted this P&F chart and mused that the rallies proceeded faster and more violent than the preceding corrections. Usually, meaning 95% of the time, it’s the other way around and there’s a reason why they call it the ‘wall of worry’ and the ‘slope of hope’. Medium and long term bull markets grind higher and then eventually correct relatively quick. A contrary situation implies that we are indeed in the late stages of a bull market. So I don’t think 2015 is going to be an easy year for equities. Now for us evil speculators this may actually be good news as there will be plenty of opportunities to play the swings. To all you investors however I suggest that you prepare yourself for rougher waters ahead.

Quite a bit more waiting below the fold – secret decoder ring required.


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And with that I would like to wish all my readers and in particular all my intrepid subscribers a very happy near year. Prosperous? Well, that goes without saying, after all that’s what we are here for. Scott and I will be continue to work hard to steer you through the coming year, banking coin as always, and most definitely enjoying a few good laughs on the way.

Cheers,




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