Archive for September, 2008

V day

V is for volatility.

The $vix.x hit 40+ and the market reversed from just over +100 points for the week. We have been expecting a violent reversal, and only liars or the extremely talented know exactly where and when it will come.

The V bounce gave a few clues but guessing against the trend is just that: guessing. If you have been prudently selling rallies, then if you took an attempt or two at logical resistance, that is all that was required.

The profits playing the trend the past few weeks on the short side more than compensate for any few small losses you endured today. If you played according to the plan, it was an exceptional day with serious profits.

The smart traders walked away after a great morning and let the market sort itself out. The really smart traders hit the reverse button after they realized the afternoon breakout was taking hold.

V bounces are mysterious creatures that occcur so infrequently that they trap the unsuspecting who average in and lose everything in one bad day.

News reversals are an important part of trading; the government must do all it can do right now to prop up the market or the house of cards collapses.

The “Too big to fail” concept evidently applies to AIG but not to Lehman.

A few cheap options on either side is another way to hedge a schizophrenic market like this one that is searching for a bottom. The other aternative is to stand aside until the market becomes more normal.

Secret code traders had no problem today understanding the rhythm.


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fallen from graceland

fallen from graceland

Has Elvis left the building?

The market plunge continues to frustrate bulls and bears alike.

Extra-ordinary bounces like yesterday are meant to do one thing: squeeze shorts and hope they go away.

The egregious run-up over night is a great example of mis-direction. It stops out the shorts position trades, and then it entices buyers to be looking the wrong way and buy pullbacks as the car is falling off the cliff.

Smart shorts NEVER short too low, accept stop outs, and if unwilling to ride the elevator up courtesy of the PPT and rumors about bailouts, at least wait until the apex is hit and then use the signal bar technique to say “take a shot here”.

Trying to buy pullbacks long all morning was suicidal. Today’s double bottom bounce that had bulls cheering for 1200 and 1210 at the close was wishful thinking.

They were still reading from yesterday’s playbook. A new page was inserted, and only the most gullible of newbies believed that script.

Sometimes we need a hound dog to sniff out the truth, sometimes just a little common sense.

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Ferocious rallies are the hallmark of bear markets.

No one knows until hindsight. I have noticed, however, that secondary indicators like the Svix.x, tick, trin, etc are helpful, but only a fool will call for a bottom without seeing sideways action and/or major capitulation first.

Let the talking heads on CNBC make their claims; for me the travel range offers unprecedented opportunities to make money in BOTH directions.

Remember Shawn and Nastia? Try to flow and be as flexible as they are when you are trading if you want to put the gold in your pocket.

Who cares if it is over or not; all we want to do is find the travel range, and catch a piece of the action.

Catching a falling safe, however, is another matter.

Trend traders will keep attacking the prevailing trend until it stops working. Jesse Livermore said it best; “The market is never too low to short or too high to buy.”

Play the trend until it stops working is my plan. how about you?

As Mark Twain would say, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”.


bull chases bear

bull chases bear

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Today was what I call the bowling alley trade.

The premarket dump turned out to be the perfect setup for the 123 lower low as the price rebounded. After a long lunch slim jim, the globex hi was taken out on the other side in the afternoon. Then the boys played the same game and caught the late buyers buying the pullback.

You can only anticipate moves like these by being in front of the computer for a number of years and seeing all the games that they play. Experience is one of the best teachers I know.

Marginal lows and high’s are a bit tricky, but the enlightened ones know how to play this game exceptionally well. Being aware of possible reversal zones and times is the key to catching these trades that change direction.

Kevin haggerty’s signal bar strategy is one of the best techniques out there day in and day out to capture these powerful ricochet moves.

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If you know the secret code, taking money out of the market is a lot easier.

Today’s ugly chart pattern is a thing of beauty to the market participants who know how to read it.

If you are not one of us, what is holding you back?

Day after day, week in and week out, opportunities abound.

Knowing where and when expected support and resistance lie is the whole key.

Applying that knowledge is the answer to all your financial challeges.

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Ugly is Beautiful

Ugly is Beautiful

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Chevy Chase at his finest.

Round and round we go. Market bottom is in. Housing crisis solved. Etc, etc.

What can Mr Bernancke and the government cook up now?

We’ll just have to wait and see. The market loves to squeeze the shorts. When “they” run out of gas, re -enter until it stops working.

Meanwhile, looks like taxpayers are now officially on the hook for all the indiscretions of the past few years.

Just take advantage of the volatility and take your signals.

If the odds favor  regression to the mean, play it.


Gap and Trap

Gap and Trap

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