Testing: 1, 2, 3

The dollar has reversed and is now testing the lows. 

Conversely, when we look at the price action of gold (GLD) its collapse exactly mimics the dollar’s reversal.

Taking into account the futures market activity in gold, it made new daily highs last week during the overnight session, Sunday-to-Monday. 

Using that knowledge on GLD, (adding it to price action) it retraced to 38%, of the recent down move this past Friday.

If we’re in a real bona fide reversal of the dollar and gold (posting more confirmation on gold tomorrow), then expectations are for continued gold downside during the coming week.

The dollar, bonds and gold, at this juncture are moving in tandem:  Dollar and bonds up, gold (and silver) down.

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Bond Reversal

In the past three days, bonds (TLT) penetrated support and stopped dead.

Anytime a market penetrates support or resistance and halts, it’s an indication that something’s up.

Either the market‘s absorbing transactions at that level to continue on, or it’s a reversal about to happen.

With all that’s known on the short position by the speculators as well as another Van Metre report, bank lending standards, probabilities point toward bond reversal.

The dollar is already reversing higher.  Gold has been viciously slammed lower and the overall market’s hovering at all time highs.

The Dow edged lower at the last session. This session in the pre-market (9:01 a.m., EST) it’s lower again at -1.94 points or -0.66%.

If the Dow (DIA) gets below the 290- area, it’s below resistance and another move higher may be difficult indeed.

We’re short the sector via DXD (not advice, not a recommendation). A new daily low for DIA will allow our position’s stop to be moved to DXD 13.49.

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Inflation Fairy Tale

Truth comes only to those who actively seek it. 

This site works to present truth as background or ‘macro’ as it were and then look for price action set-ups correlating with truth.

It turns out (as some may have suspected) the ‘inflation’ narrative is a myth.  It’s just another lie that’s being perpetrated by the powers that be (TPTB). 

According to Jeff Snider and Steven Van Metre, at time stamp 21:30, there’s no way TPTB are going to correct the public’s perception that hyperinflation is right around the corner. 

It serves their purpose to have the masses in complete delusion … always setting up on the wrong side of the trade.

Using price action itself, problems with the hyperinflation narrative were presented in this update

Gold is near all time highs.  However, Junior Mining Index, GDXJ, and Senior Mining Index, GDX are far below their previous highs.  The junior’s are the weakest and so that’s been the focus.

In a bear market, focus on the weak sectors.

No doubt, there are a lot of well respected traders, analysts, YouTuber’s that are on the bullish side of the market.  Here are just some examples, here, here, and here.

So, at this juncture, this firm is taking the opposite side of the trade with its re-established position in JDST.

Hard stop in the market GTC, is at 8.82 (not advice, not a recommendation).

If stopped out, we’ll reassess and determine if another entry is warranted.

Even if the trade proves to be wrong, it’s a low probability that price action will break out of the GLD trading channel shown (below) in just one attempt. 

Typically, price action needs to retrace (lower) to gain enough fuel for a breakout.

If the retrace occurs, it will put the JDST position in profit with the miners down accordingly.  Doing so gives the ability to analyze the situation with objectivity.

We’re looking for a swing lower to the bottom of the trading range (at a minimum) for GDXJ.  Just a few of the empirical and technical conditions that favor such a move are listed:

Price action (GDXJ) finished at the high of its recent trading range and resistance. It thus created a Wyckoff up-thrust, reversal condition.

The GDXJ move over the past week generated a wide, high volume price bar.  Such areas tend to be tested (retraced) by the market.

GDXJ finished at a high on a Friday.  Monday’s are typically down or a retrace day.

Gold retraced up to its own 50% level and has contacted the right side of a down-trend line.  Lower price action in the coming week is expected.

The dollar has its own reversal set-up in progress. 

Dollar, UUP price action penetrated minor support (Wyckoff spring, reversal condition) and is close to a major support level.

Dollar up, gold down.

In summary are two charts of GLD and one of GDXJ, below:

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Before The Open

As expected from the November 1st, update, gold pre-market shows a gap-higher open.   Trading is around 178.80 – 179.00 which is a little above the resistance area shown in the original chart.

After the first hour of trading, the plan is to provide an update to see if there’s still a possibility of a reversal at this juncture (not advice, not a recommendation).

Correspondingly, the mining sectors, GDX, GDXJ are up in pre-market with inverse DUST and JDST, down. 

However, the big hitter, NEM is right at a 50% retrace off the lows of October 28th.  This is a possible area to stall and potentially resume a downward (or sideways) trend.

Other market actions that may have significant impact on silver/gold, are the four-standard deviation in the bonds to the short side.

As Steven Van Metre indicates, none of us reading this (in our lifetimes) are likely to ever see a set-up like this again.  It’s an historic extreme.

Bonds are down in pre-market along with the dollar … using UUP as the proxy.

The dollar has bottomed and is now in position to rally; completely opposite the established consensus.

At least twice now, Van Metre has mentioned Wyckoff in his updates.  He appears to be well aware of the significance.

In other markets, a position was opened in nat-gas, UNG at the last session.  That position was closed in the pre-market session with a slight ding of -1.2% to the managed account.

Even with record cold hitting large portions of the country, nat-gas can’t seem to get going to the upside.  Now, with its current action there may be a probability of lower prices (or stagnant action) going into winter.

We are leaving nat-gas alone for now and focusing on the historic bond set up and the potential effects when it all unravels.

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The Squeeze Is On

Pre market activity (8:31 a.m. EST) has TLT trading up +0.74, at 161.29, which is above the target level set in the last update.

We’ve already laid the groundwork for the ‘speculator’s’ short position in bonds as the largest in history.

It’s the ‘commercials’ that know their markets and in this case (according to Steven Van Metre), the commercials are the banks.

Isn’t it interesting. The banks always get their money, right?

Well, that may be about to happen now, as well.

Just a quick digression from today’s update and concerning the Van Metre link above. At time stamp 14:29, he shows a Wyckoff accumulation schematic. Nice.

From a trading standpoint, there are leveraged bond funds such as TMF (not advice, not a recommendation).

However, this firm has never traded that vehicle and is choosing to be short the junior gold miners (JDST) as well as long natural gas (UNG) for its current positioning.

Natural gas (UNG) for a seasonal trade … with some potential supply disruptions thrown in; the Junior Gold Miner short position (JDST) to work the ‘deflation’ side of what’s going on.

Reports here and here, provide documentation on the thinking behind those positions.  Searching for UNG and JDST will give the full gamut of research.

Back to the markets. If we’re doing our job right and there’s a huge down-draft, we’ll already be in position to profit as a matter of course.

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Long Bond Short: Largest, Ever

As reported by Steven Van Metre, here, the long bond speculators have an historic, all-time massive short position. 

He shows their net position is four standard deviations away from norm.  The chart he references can also be found at Zero Hedge, here.

So, just how significant is that?

The bell curve chart shows the typical 3-standard deviations cover 99.97% of all data observations. 

We may as well say that four standard deviations cover all data:  100%.

The speculators are so convinced bond price are going lower (interest rates up), the have amassed a huge position.

Now, it gets interesting. 

The chart below of TLT (long bond), has bonds currently declining in a measured move that projects to the 152.5-level.  Feeding into the speculator’s positions (giving them a gain thus far).

We also have a Fibonacci time sequence in effect for TLT.

It that’s met in the coming week (and we get a new low), it will be a Fibonacci 34 weeks from the high set during the week of March 13th.

If TLT penetrates the low set on Week 13, and depending on how far below support that penetration goes, it will set up a Wyckoff spring condition … setting up the TLT to move higher.

Moving higher is against the speculator’s positions.  They are short and the index would be moving up.

It could potentially be the largest short-squeeze of all time.

If that happens, think about what will happen to the markets, the dollar and the precious metals markets.

Stay tuned.

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Theory vs. Action

Successful market speculators and traders, are not intellectuals.  There’s a difference between smart and savvy.

This is why scientific professionals such as doctors and engineers (author’s empirical opinion), are some of if not the worst market losers.

That statement is backed up by many sources, just two of which are below:

In Dr. Alexander’s book Come Into My Trading Room, he gives a brief reference to a Cybernetics PhD., market trader that had to ‘overcome’ his intellectual superiority to be successful.

In Market Wizards, Ed Seykota discussed a need to use his MIT Engineering degree (his intellect) in ways that won’t hurt him too badly in the marketplace.

There are now two theories on the U.S. bond market (links below) and we’ve been monitoring that market closely.  The bond action, TNX, looks like it’s about to break out with rates higher.

On Friday, we saw the market and bonds move lower together. 

The next meltdown may be a simultaneous collapse of the market and bonds.

The effect of such a move would be to wipe out retirees, the middle class and wealth management firms all at the same time.

Bond theory says, bonds will remain under control and interest rates low.  Bond action says, bonds will be sold off with rates rising.

Going to price action of the 10-year, it’s critical juncture status from the last post has not changed.  In fact, price action shows bonds even more tenuous.

Professional trading is based on price action, not theory.

At this juncture, going short (selling) the bond market (not advice) appears to be the lower risk position.

The past week has the press and public all aghast at a minor (percentage wise) blip lower. 

We’re probably on the last bubble for this cycle.  The markets could ‘air-pocket’ into several gaps lower; say, 25% – 50%, overnight.

Be Prepared

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Hulking Shell

That’s what the average investor’s portfolio could be a scant two months from now if the analysis is correct.

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That is; markets are stretched to obscene levels, bonds breaking down, rates rising; the nearest corollary is August, 1987.

From a timing standpoint, it could be important.  That August was a Fibonacci 34 (-1) years ago.  Well within the margin of error.

Yesterday’s trade set-up (not a recommendation) was timed perfectly.

Today, that trade (if entered) would be up by about 2.8% at current levels.  The stop now gets moved to 15.54, today’s low.  Of course, this is for illustration purposes only.

For a bond trade, 2.8% is significant for a single day.  It looks like much higher rates are ahead.

Meanwhile, biotech (IBB) has given yet another sell, sell-short signal.  IBB briefly penetrated yesterday’s high of 133.39, and is reversing.

If price action continues lower, it’s a bull trap; a false breakout.

We’re actively short the sector via BIS (not a recommendation).

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Bonds: Back To Breakout

shutterstock_1713590722The bond market is key.

If interest rates breakout from this point, we’ve got a set-up that mimics August 1987, on steroids.

The chart below shows ten-year interest (rates up, bonds down) is back at the trend-line.

It’s before the open and pre-market (as of this post) also has the ten-year (and the TLT) trading lower.

Two well known and liquid inverse funds for bonds are TBT (2X-inverse) and TMV (3X-inverse).

A price action insert of TBT, is shown on the TNX chart.

There’s a potential for today’s price action to make a new daily high.

If so, a possible trade (not a recommendation) would be an entry at the last session high, 15.74, with the stop at the last session low, 15.50.

If such a position could be opened, the risk therefore is 0.24-pts, barring any catastrophic adverse move.

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Is Corn The Catalyst?

Bonds, biotech, the banks; or is it corn that’s the catalyst?

Everyone’s focused on the markets, the S&P 500.

Fotosearch_k8956751Meanwhile, back at the farm (literally), the food supply is undergoing controlled demolition.

If the supply chain continues to be restricted with prices rising ever higher, the silver and gold ‘stackers’, may have to liquidate their hoard just to survive.

Getting back to corn; the technical position of the ETF, CORN was highlighted yesterday in this post.

Now, with about an hour before market close, CORN has posted a 38% retrace and reversal ( if close is at or above current levels).

On top of that, it may be too early but maybe not.  CORN is now trending upward at over 400%, annualized.

One day, does not a trend make.  Then again, wouldn’t it be nice to know early on of the possibility?

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