With Labor Day behind us we are now officially heading into the most turbulent period of the year. With 2020 being an election year that would apply politically as well as when it comes to participating in the financial markets. At least in the latter department – not a moment too soon. The big summer lull is by far my least favorite season and I’m looking forward to a bit more action and volatility – both realized and implied.
I was born with a fairly pale complexion which has always forced me to stay out of the sun lest I end up looking like a roasted chicken after only minutes of being exposed to a UV index anywhere above 5. It’s not that I hate the sun – rather the sun seems to hate me, or at least it hates my skin as it insists on burning it. As a financial blogger who also trades for a living it’s easy to understand that summer is my least favorite season of the year.
The greenback seems to be in the process of forming a floor pattern despite ongoing negative narrative by the financial MSM. Although I happen to have a dog in this fight my general perspective remains to be one of skeptical optimism as the Fed continues to exert massive headwind against a stronger Dollar.
Every year here at the beginning of August the entire country of Spain enters into a one month long hibernation period. Although major retailers and stores are open most of the small ones close up shop and head out to the old ‘pueblo’ or their 2nd properties near a beach to spend quality time with the family. Good luck trying to get a hold of a doctor, dentist, attorney, plumber, what have you – everyone’s MIA until the end of the month.