John Roque is a Technical Analyst who I’ve looked up to since early in my career. From the bottom of my heart, it was guys like him who inspired me to analyze the behavior of markets and do it in a way that is unique to me. I’ve always enjoyed his comparisons between markets and sports. While on the sell side, John was consistently ranked among the top analysts before joining the buy side, including Soros Fund Management. In this conversation, we discuss everything from Ted Williams to Corn Futures. He gives us his thoughts on Gold, Crude Oil, Interest Rates and the combined market-caps of Financials & Technology sectors. This was a real honor for me to get to interview one of my favorite technicians on the Street. I hope you enjoy it! [Read more…]
Tuesday I posted a mystery chart and asked you all to let me know what you would do. Buy, sell, or do nothing. Most of you agreed with me it looked like a structural breakdown that we should be selling as long as prices are below support.
So today I want to reveal the full chart and share why I feel it’s relevant.
This is one of my favorite things to do: Forget everything that happened this quarter and this year and start from scratch. It doesn’t matter what we did or how we felt in 2018. It’s irrelevant. We’re moving forward. This is my Q1 2019 Playbook.
While we couldn’t be happier that U.S. stocks got destroyed this quarter, let’s not forget about all of the other markets out there. US Treasury Bonds have had a very nice rally during this stock market correction, which is another move we’re ecstatic about. And Gold and Silver have started to make moves to the upside as well, which is something we haven’t seen in what feels like forever.
But today, it’s the US Dollar that I think stands out and the recent move lower could just be the beginning. [Read more…]
This weekend I was down in beautiful San Diego for the 3rd annual Trade Ideas Conference. For me, it’s not just about the presentation that I give or the panel that I sit on, but the people that I get to meet or see again. That’s the great part about our community: everyone’s ability to share and learn and recognize that we’re all in this together. As we approach the market with our own individual goals and objectives in mind, along the way we pick things up from others that help us adjust and fine tune our strategies regularly over time. My friends at Trade Ideas put on a good show, but it was the engaged audience and interactions with my fellow speakers that really made the weekend great.
We’re always focused on positioning. Stocks don’t go up because of some article written by a 26 year old journalist who has never made a trade in her life. Stocks move based on positioning from institutions. When the market is caught leaning the wrong way, the unwind can create spectacular moves. This is the key to the market: positioning, not the noisy media.
As many of you know, every single day I look for risk vs reward opportunities that are skewed in our favor. We’re not here to be right, we’re only here to make money. There is a big difference between the two. In other words, we don’t care if we get it wrong. We just want to make sure that when we are right, that we’re really really right. Isolating asymmetric risk vs reward opportunities is how we do that, and I believe we do it very well.
I really don’t think this market is ready for the US Dollar to collapse. We’ve had a monster rally in the Greenback all year and emerging markets and precious metals have felt the pain. I believe that’s about to change dramatically. [Read more…]