So here we find ourselves up bright and early, with the birds chirping, and the palms rustling in the cool ocean breeze. It a beautiful morning here as the sun has just poked its head out – casting a “pinky blue” blanket across the sky. Truly heaven on Earth.
But – Hell in markets!
We’ve got the ECB announcement in 15 minutes which ( regardless of what you are lead to believe ) has much larger implications / market moving potential than any of the usual “phony numbers” on U.S employement – also scheduled an hour or so later.
The European Central Bank ( after the “supposed recovery” – ya right! ) is now considering some form of monetary easing of its own as the recent rise in EUR/USD has hampered growth/exports etc….
If by the odd chance The ECB “does” announce motions to ease ( or perhaps issues forward guidance to telegraph such a move ) watch USD shoot further for the moon , and the EUR to tank.
I’m adding long USD in and around the announcement.
How bout them ECB cuts!!!
Gotta love it as…….long USD some 10-12 days now, with some nice trades “quick and dirty” here this a.m on the announcement.
Hope you are making out alright as well!
Yes sir. Thank you 🙂
Good call. I’ve been a subscriber for a few weeks now and your commentary along with your planned trades make a great deal of sense but more than that put the’noise’ into context.
All the best
Glad to here you’re “getting something”outta of all this.
Go man go.
Advance GDP 2,8%…Kong, all numbers working for you Today 🙂
Yes indeed all numbers working just great for me “again” here this morning, as the long USD trade continues to blast higher.
Wow…..unreal trades here…and waiting ( out of interest sake ) to see what equities do in coming days.
This feels like it is being designed to save the equity markets as they are seeing that it is about to break down….
My USD longs from your tweet yesterday looking good – thanks Kong
Nice to see you following along Rolo – and making some money!
Ya the tweets…..I do what I can – and wonder….how many “actually” follow?
I’m in. Have been since yesturday. Doing extremely nicely. Please share your thoughts on exits please matey. My “that’ll do” policy could be better.
Got stopped out of a GDB/USD trade, too tight a stop i set. 🙁 Even more painful seeing how down it is now. Some would call it tuition…
Also lost quite some money on a EUR/USD trade a few days ago. I had an order to *BUY* at 1.3830, the logic was this: it’s supposed to go DOWN, but if it reaches this level and seeing how crazy the times are + the technicals then it’s going for another leg higher before falling down. Sure enough 1.3830 was the very top (like seriously within a 3 pips range!) and from there it’s was straight downward. What a waste.
Learning… We all got to do it, right?
Something i read once and resonated with this trade : currency pairs tend to gravitate towards sharp numbers (1.60, 100, 1.35, 1.3830) due to the psychological nature (us humans) of the intervenents. Therefore, don’t set a SL or an order at a round number, instead add 3-4 pips to what you would naturally choose. Sometimes it’s just the bubble of fresh air you need. And for TP don’t be greedy, substract 3-4 pips before your target price, to make sure you reach it.
Like i said on Twitter it’s been a few times now that i place orders that got executed properly, with take profits reached and stuff. This is very pleasant, seeing as i’ve started trading real money only very recently, after years or reading and learning online.
Kong, your advice is valuable, filtering the noise, putting things into context, making the big picture clearer. This is very much appreciated. Keep it up.
you nailed it man…..Thanks!
Yup USD longs and EUR shorts via USD and Yen have been slaying. Banked some very solid coin for the last 10 days. Thanks Kong! Hopefully now my ES short can show some life instead of being a pain the ass. Enjoy the day!
When you tweeted that you were placing orders “under current price” in the dreaded EUR/USD and allowing price to come to you “after” the 100 pip bounce – I can only understand that to mean these are orders to close out your position to take profit. Did I get that right, Kong??
No John….perhaps Ive not explained well.
Actually….this likely requires a more involved response.
If you can sit tight – I will get a full and complete post put together.
My interpretation of this tweet (which i read only now, 3h later) is this :
we’ve seen a sharp decrease, Kong expects a bounce, which already started to happen by the time he twitted (if i got my timezones right). He’s placing orders to sell this pair some more. The exact entry points could be between bottom and mid bounce if he’s agressive, or below bottom if he first wants to see confirmation of further fall in the pair.
One might think he’d use a small leverage on the agressive trave mid bounce, and a higher one on the 2nd trade, since the price “coming to him” would be in itself a confirmation of his thesis.
Regarding the exit strategy though, your guess is as good as mine. There is a reason we’re commenting on HIS blog, not ours. 😉
Of course this is all just my own interpretation, i could be completely off. I’m eager to see his full post about this.
Thanks Kong… (I thought that didn’t quite make sense …. my literal brain likes to favour any hint of ambiguity in interpretation.)
been following you for a little while and i really like what you do.
Just wondering, do you still think USD is in a long term tailspin?
I’m hearing they are developing energy independance, don’t you think this could have a significant impact on debt servicability and throw a whole new angle on their ability to exercise more “legitimate” global influence and currency reserve protection?
Is China really in a position to exert market influence?
I do Simon yes in that….we’ve seen the printing presses “keep things above water” these past 5 years, but ( at least in my view ) not much else.
You do raise a good point with respect to “ideals” of energy independence, or as I’ve suggested – liklihood of some “incredible new industry” taking off much like the internet did. These thing are certianly not out of the realm of possibility right?
Although the question begs – will it come in time?
I’d put my money on war, before I see U.S energy independence as I imagine they’ll “fight” for the petro dollar, before letting it slide.
China is well on their way to making some major moves, as it pertains to the global financial system – but even with that…..I see the Yuan included in the basket of currencies that comprise the IMF’s “SDR’s” as “the move” way from USD as global reserve and NOT some kind of “de throwning” as I imagine most Americans worry.
The fact that China isn’t just “buying all the debt” as they used to – is concerning enough for the U.S even now. I respect that the Chinese are extremely disciplined, and have plans stretching much further in time – moreso than “pulling a fast one”.