Eyes on Tech

“Many can talk the talk but few can translate this into a decent track-record… the basics are, pretty basic but practice is more tricky. If this rings true for you, you might want to focus more on understanding bet size and how that effects the translation of your edge. Obsessing about entry and triggers, all things being equal, is probably the least important aspect yet very few ever get this. Remember that if you get your bet size wrong, you could end up with a negative p&l even with a guaranteed mathematical edge.”Trading Reflections
Once again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record > eyes on tech. If the big names can’t hold up, then there is very little left to prop up this market that continues to trade heavy with a very different tape than to what we have been witnessing in recent years.
On the DXY side, as we have been highlighting and discussing, the most interesting tactical opportunity seems to be on the aussie for now. After having gone in-depth on the DXY move and what it means for the broader market, in today’s session we will turn our focus focus on yen, swissy and gold.
Regardless of how this plays out, we can’t complain, this continues to be a great market for traders across all asset classes.
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

Chart-Book

“I believe in Karma. If the good is sown, the good is collected. When positive things are made, that returns well.” – Yannick Noah
As we reviewed yesterday, the moves discussed in the latest Weekly Outlook Video are in play.
Short-term, the focus will be to see if the bears can hold the pressure on as we move through triple witching. Clearly, the risk is of a bounce into expiration and how markets move will be very telling. The biggest surprise to most participants will be if indices continue to hold heavy into the close on Friday.
No change to our current outlook > here are a series of links to some of our chart-book: NQ_F, ES_F, YM_F, XLF, USDJPY, JNK, HG, EURJPY, AMZN, BTCUSD and AAPL.
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

All About Tech

“In my experience the greatest of artists and competitors are masters of navigating their own psychologies, playing on their strengths, controlling the tone of battle so that it fits with their personalities.” – Josh Waitzkin
As we have been discussing for quite some time, it’s all about the tech names and since Amazon has now accounted for almost 30% of the S&P gain this year (close to 50% if you factor in Microsoft and Netflix too), it only seems fitting that we end the week with a look at some of the tech charts:
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

Situation Normal

“Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.” – Sir John Templeton
Remember that we have all the big tech names reporting in this Wednesday/Thursday window. As discussed in out latest outlook video, we have to get through this window of time and see how the market closes the week post these earnings.
No change to our note earlier in the week; keep an eye on bonds and it’s a good time to see some profit taking on stretched usd and crude positions.
Here is a chart of Amazon > not too shabby on the year 😉 As you can imagine, we’re itching to play for a healthy move / back to reality…

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Wishing you a great day ahead.

Tech Focus

“In many ways, large profits are even more insidious than large losses in terms of emotional destabilization. I think it’s important not to be emotionally attached to large profits. I’ve certainly made some of my worst trades after long periods of winning. When you’re on a big winning streak, there’s a temptation to think that you’re doing something special, which will allow you to continue to propel yourself upward. You start to think that you can afford to make shoddy decisions. You can imagine what happens next. As a general rule, losses make you strong and profits make you weak.” – William Eckhardt
We’ll be back full time on January 2nd but in the meantime here is a snapshot of some of the most interesting charts in our tech chart-book:
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Patience is a Virtue

“Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” – Buddha
As we wait for some kind of a healthy correction in the equities markets, ‘patience is a virtue’ comes to mind. However, seasoned traders will know that despite this being true, it is far more important to get your sizing right than to be patient. You will not be able to give yourself the luxury of patience and waiting if you get too big.
Back to the charts. What are we focused on? Techs and Small Caps; not looking to perky whilst the Dow is still enjoying experimenting with levitation into the ‘Trump 22,000 Level’ or should we say ‘22,000 Top’? Maybe just wishful thinking on our part but you have to admit that it would be pretty poetic…
You really have to be paying attention to not only the way the RUT has been trading but especially to the intraday price action on all of the big tech names… it’s a big tell on the state, strength and conviction of these recent low vol ramps we have been seeing. Ignore this at your own peril. Furthermore, as we have been discussing repeatedly, we also believe it would be a mistake not to keep an eye on recent action in the Dax, Transports, Financials and so on… a lot of cracks in the system.
As a general reminder, we are not looking for a crash. We are not looking for the next secular bear market. We are not looking for the end of the work. We are just humble students of the markets and price action trying to highlight what we are seeing and were the risk are going forwards. Clearly, the ramps can continue but the ‘risk’ in terms of ‘velocity and magnitude of moves’ are clearly to the downside. We’ll try to expand on this in the next weekly outlook video.
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Thursday Blues

“Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.” – George Soros
Even as Geo-political risk seems to be escalating, markets remain in a holding pattern. As we discussed in our latest outlook video, we believe that more and more cracks are showing, especially on the tech side. Instead of sounding like a broken record, as we wait for the next catalyst, we will simply post a collection of charts to highlight what we are focusing on:
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CB Focus

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
As we wait for more CB speak, we’ll have to see if the markets starts to actually believe FOMC members and the hint of policy shift from other CBs around the world. For now, it seems that they are still seeing it as more bluffing and unwilling to give up the steady grind higher.
As we discussed in our latest weekly outlook video, our focus remains on the NQ and what we consider to be real structural cracks that appeared last Friday.
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Exuberance

“If a fisherman does not have a properly repaired net, then his trip is useless. Preparation is the major part of his endeavor. Only when the fisherman keeps his nets intact, keeps his boat repaired, and studies the conditions of fish and water does going out to fish become a mere formality. Then fish fall into his hands as if guided by invisible lines.” – 365 Tao: Daily Meditations
If you haven’t checked them out, you can take a look at the videos we uploaded this week: Morning Call & Weekly Outlook.
So, Dan Bilzerian got long Bitcoin (if you don’t know who he is, just google his Instagram) and Gartman (everyone knows Dennis) turns bullish on tech? Talk about the scent of exuberance starting to fill the room…
We’ve got a lot to discuss today in our live session but the main focus/follow-up will be on: reality bites GBP, the Bitcoin Romance, the magical ‘1000’ number, VIX and how DXY will likely try to confuse less experienced correlation fans (not only on a cross-asset basis but especially inside the fx space).
As always there is no substitute for real-time/live action; if you are interested in attending a daily morning call into NY with a more detailed live discussion on all the charts and ideas we highlight/review in the outlook video and here on the blog, you should check out our Daily Webinar Group.