As you all know, The U.S Federal Reserve Meeting winds up this afternoon with the announcement due out around 2 p.m.
Speculation as to “what the Fed will do or say” is pretty much a fools game at this point as they’ve thrown investors for a loop a couple of times already, having “said they where going to do one thing”….then doing the complete opposite.
I really can’t imagine them “pulling the taper” before the taper has “officially” even started ( as meaningless as the amount is ) but will be on the lookout for any “language” that might suggest the possibility down the road.
My medium term trade plans would see things continue lower through February and into March, before the Fed might “flip the switch” along with the Bank of Japan increasing it’s QE – should things get too wildly out of control.
As if things aren’t getting wildly out of control already…we’ll really want to watch this correction closely as it “should” mark a significant turning point, with respect to the rest of the world’s expectations, and interest rates “planet wide”.
If the Fed is truly going to commit to “turning off the spigot” of free money / liquidity (which again I have a very difficult time believing) then it would appear that the party is over, and many, many countries ( including the U.S ) may quickly find themselves – facing the music.
The obvious trade is still “long USD” if indeed the Fed continues in the same direction as stated last month. Should the Fed pull another fast one here ( with perhaps some “tricky language” or a “taper” of the “tapering” ) I will literally drop every open trade in a heartbeat, then re evaluate.
It’s painful “being held hostage” (yoJSkogs!) yet again with the Fed’s movements essentially dictating market direction but……this is the world we live in now, and trader’s just have to accept it, adapt and continue to find strategies that work.