Honestly, I have no idea how we made it through this summer largely unscathed (at least thus far), and -assuming you played along our setups – even managed to accumulate some more ill-gotten (and very politically incorrect) gains. A bit of luck didn’t hurt of course but for the record: we truly worked our butts off in order to squeeze whatever edge we could find out of an impossibly volatile and sometimes erratic market.
And not in a good way, I may add. I just checked the event log for the remainder of this week and it looks rather petrifying: Starting tomorrow one market moving event after the other, and given the current frailty in equities the potential for continued hilarity can not be ignored. FYI – I didn’t include the core consumption expenditures report today as that one will already be priced in by the time you read this.
As you probably are aware, starting today the remainder of this week is pretty much a wash as we are being graced with consecutive Fed, ECB, or BOE policy updates. Which of course means choppy tape and intra-day volatility all the way through mid Friday. Oh joy.
It’s FOMC day and I’m pretty much going to sit on my hands until all the dust settles. Speaking of which, my real life hands happen to be in bad shape these days. It turns out that punching walls and occasionally people as well as several hundred fist push ups per week combined with constant keyboard usage actually takes a toll on your mitten fillers given enough time. Suffice to say my traumatologist isn’t happy as he had to give me my second course of cortisone for this year after my left middle finger ended up being stuck retracted in the morning.