Trading Desk Notes - October 20thSubmitted by Polar Futures Group on October 19th, 2018
The major American stock indices hit All Time Highs around the beginning of October and have fallen as much as 7-10% since. I’ve been anticipating a correction (if not more) in those indices for the past couple of months as other major stock indices around the world fell and as US interest rates kept rising. I started short selling too early and lost money but I’ve recovered those losses and more by trading from the short side the past 3 weeks.
The only thing I can trade is price and I think changes in market psychology (Fear and Greed and everything in between) is the key thing that causes prices to change. For instance, when a market is in a bullish phase and is hit with some “bad news” prices may drop...but people who see that decline as a bargain will start buying and their buying will lift prices to new highs. Markets go up when buyers are more aggressive than sellers.
I try to get a sense of market psychology by watching many different markets (as Jimmy Rogers famously asked, “How can you trade wheat in Chicago if you don’t know the price of iron ore in Beijing?”) because I believe that all markets are connected...even though their relationship with one another changes from time to time.
I look at simple price charts of dozens of different markets to get a “feel” for market psychology. I look at dozens of different spread charts to see how one market is trading relative to another and often ask myself, “Why is that?”
My current sense of stock market psychology is that the bulls are beginning to wonder if they should be taking profits and the bears are sensing opportunity...I’ve therefore watched for short term rallies to run out of steam and gone short. The recent choppy intraday price action may be a symptom of an underlying trend change.
My short term trading: I’m short the S+P and added to my short CAD. If either/both of those markets keep falling I hope to add to my positions. In my other managed accounts the key positions are bullish the USD and bearish WTI.
Shanghai and Shenzhen stock indices hit 4 year lows this week...down ~30% from their January highs. The Renminbi is down ~10% since April (when the USD began to strengthen) and is very close to late 2016 lows (when the USD was making new highs.) If the Chinese currency takes out its 2016 lows that will mark new 10 year lows and will cause more than a ripple across global financial markets. All markets are connected.