ON THE AIR with F.A.C.E.

Early this week, I was back on the air with Dale Pinkert. In front of hundreds of live traders in the audience, I walked through my rationale for guppy, a bullish cable, a bearish euro and a continued dumping of the Canadian dollar:

 

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Twitter GOLD✨

I thank God for my follows. I follow great people on twitter. Reading through the news and got this awesome retweet from @AdamPosen:

Read the entire thread. And then let’s talk about the Canadian dollar. The loonie is swooning. It’s been weak against the Great British pound all year. But today’s market open weakness seems buttressed after the announcement of the trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.

GBPCAD monthly chart

The $GBPCAD hit new highs today. New highs that are plowing through the 123% Fibonacci extension and a psychological level at 1.80. Today’s new highs are finally confirming the near-double bottom off last year’s (2017) low.

And to really look at the engine of this new shift in Canadian fundamentals, a girl has to look at the $USDCAD. Of course, there are new highs there too.

usdcad monthly chart

Momentum has plenty of room to build. And these are large timeframes. Of course, price won’t move in a straight line but we like the trend potential in the loonie.

There are ebbs and flows to every market. Trade what you see. Invest with a pro.

ON THE AIR with F.A.C.E.

Happy new year to the Forex Analytix team! This team of traders are experts and veterans in forex trading. Many of them I have been following for many years on Twitter (@nictrades, @spz_trader, @forexstophunter) and even before there was a Twitter (@pipczar). But the F.A.C.E. community is also full of many expert traders as well as new traders. So when I am asked to come on the show and discuss my views of the market, I consider it quite an honor. The respect, questions and great feedback I get from this team and audience makes it such pleasure to return.

Dale has such great timing as I made my first 2018 appearance on F.A.C.E. right before the Great British pound went on this monster breakout today. I revealed a few secrets that even Dale admitted he hadn’t heard from me before on his shows. The specific levels have been left far behind after Wednesday’s price action but the trading principles I discuss can be applied even now. Enjoy the show!

The Commodity Dollars Signal

The market seems to be turning higher for the commodity dollars (comm dolls), which is inline with the recent price action in commodities. Commodities, like copper, oil, and gold, have been generally rangebound in 2017 following the significant downtrends that started in 2011. During that downtrend in commodities, markets have been operating on loose monetary policy based on the flow of funds from central bank balance sheets and ultra-low interest rates. Now these fundamentals are shifting with balance sheet reductions, interest rate hikes and increasing hawkish central bank sentiment around the globe. With the fundamentals transitioning from one psychological paradigm to another one, increased volatility and choppy price action may start to creep back into the markets.

GBPCAD 4 HOUR CHART

There have been no summer doldrums in the forex markets. Starting with the Canadian dollar, the Bank of Canada (BoC) completely surprised markets last month with an interest rate hike. The start of monetary tightening in Canada now gives the CAD fundamental support for the rally that has taken place for much of this year already. So the correction this week just ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) interest rate announcement this Thursday, was a fantastic opportunity to buy Canadian dollars versus the Great British pound. The corrective rally moved right into the 61.8% Fibonacci level giving a level of risk reward that worked well for sellers ahead of the UK Super Thursday news event. The BoE was more dovish than the market expected as it cut its inflation and economic growth forecasts amongst calls for gradual rate increases. This divergence in monetary policy between Canada and Great Britain may see the $GBPCAD move to new lows.

GBPAUD 4 HOUR CHART

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released their monetary policy statement this week too. While the RBA is hawkish on the Australian economy, they remain adamant that accommodative monetary policy must remain for that growth to continue. As such, the RBA will likely not move on interest rates at all this year. But neither will the BoE. If this remains the case, the interest rate differential and the divergence in economies should continue to underpin the Australian dollar against the Great British pound.

GBPNZD 4 HOUR CHART

The $GBPNZD was trading in a wide range while we saw the aforementioned breakdowns in the $GBPCAD and $GBPAUD. The $GBPNZD finally joined suit and fell to new lows at the 1.7400 support level. But the $GBPNZD staged a major correction this week that actually saw price move back to the top of the former trading range above the 1.7900 level just before the BoE announcement. While this complete reversal higher seems like bullish price action, hindsight reveals another fantastic sell opportunity post BoE.

So now that the selling opportunities have presented themselves, can the commodity dollars continue to strengthen against the pound? There is another factor at play here that we have not yet touched upon – the weakening U.S. dollar. A weak dollar boosts most commodities since they are priced in U.S. dollars. Higher commodity prices should bolster the commodity dollars higher as well. But this is no guarantee. So take care with your trades. It’s going to be a choppy month with the occasional bursts of volatility as markets ready for full throttle trading come September. Be patient and take advantage of the setups, like these, when they come.

ON AIR with F.A.C.E

I spend every Sunday with students looking at markets for the upcoming trading week. So I was happy to share this week’s insights with Dale Pinkert this morning of the Forex Analytix Community Experience (F.A.CE.). While F.A.C.E. may be a new community, Dale certainly is not. He is an expert trader who has great experience interviewing the best personalities and experts in the business. So it is always an honor to be asked to discuss my views on markets. The nugget I dropped today that Dale really liked:

Correlations are shot. There are no correlations right now in the market.

What do I mean? Watch my interview and market review to find out.

The Youth vs. The Market

Now that the markets have opened after the week that ended in a hung parliament, I, a mere trader, can now make exclaim,

Theresa May made the biggest mistake of her short tenure as prime minister. FULL STOP.

She completely discounted the voice and vote of the youth. Since the June 23rd referendum vote, it was clear that young British voters in no way approved of a Brexit. But they didn’t vote. Or so it was reported. In my mind, as a disgusted Democratic sitting in California, why would the Prime Minister ever give the citizenry an election so soon after she stepped into office? Americans are waiting excruciatingly for the 2018 midterm elections. Can you imagine trump ever declaring a snap election to prove a point? We could only hope. But I digress. Back to Great Britain. As the market rallied in anticipation of the election, I thought it was market cheer for a new change in Parliament. Surely, folks would oust the party that campaigned for and got their Brexit. The youth were not going to make this mistake twice.

And that’s exactly what they did. The Party of Brexit lost its majority hold. And the voters gave that majority to NO ONE. Fucking brilliant. If Prime Minister May was truly engaged with the public, she would’ve never declared that snap election. She counted on increased apathy to secure a mandate for Brexit. And as such, her party not only lost their Parliamentary majority, nobody won the majority. And the hung parliament just completely changed the fundamental landscape for the Great British pound.

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I Survived the Flash Crash

The GBP just crashed in epic proportions. The official number is -5% in 2 minutes and 3 seconds.

GBPUSD 15 MINUTE CHART

It is already being called a flash crash because of the sheer scale of it. And the craziest thing about it is that we were on the right side of it. The following quote is from this week’s Quid Report (Volume 79):

The follow-through lower already this week proves correct the assertion in Volume 76 – that the resumption of the long-term downtrend that is the Great British pound has indeed taken place…It is very likely that this bear trend is the direction sterling trades for the remainder of the calendar year.

The rest of the report this week goes on to outline the setups that took place at the beginning of this week. Most of the targets had been hit before the flash crash except for two trades. These positions are up HUGE.  I haven’t seen this much money on a single trade in a long time.

I SURVIVED THE FLASH CRASH….

So I immediately issued a tweet to all Quid Report readers. This is not verbatim but it was definitely to this effect:

keep calm and carry on

If you were short the GBP ahead of this flash crash – GOOD FOR YOU! KUDOS! How you manage this trade is up to you. But no one will blame you if you close out these positions for all this big money. Taking big profits is the name of the game!

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ON AIR with Benzinga’s #PreMarket Prep Show

While the market awaits 2 interest rate decisions today, first from the Federal Reserve and later from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, I talked about the central banks last week on Benzinga’s #PreMarket Prep Show. Take a listen to why I believe the rally in the Canadian dollar is just getting started and my conflicting thoughts about the U.S. dollar. I come on at the 1:05:00 mark.

Canadian Dollar Looks for the Rally

The Canadian dollar is starting to decouple from the crude oil markets. As crude oil markets plunge, the Canadian dollar also moves lower but not particularly against the pound sterling. The $GBPCAD reached multi-year highs just below the 2.1000 major resistance and psychological level twice in 2015. But despite crude oil prices crashing lower in 2016, the $GBPCAD has been unable to break above the 2.1000 level to new multi-year highs. The oil glut that caused the oil markets to accelerate its decline in the past seven months continues to persist. There is an oversupply of oil in the markets. Oil producers remain in denial to decreased demand for fossil fuels and refuse to cut production. Or perhaps some oil-producing nations are conducting economic warfare as they continue to pump oil. Regardless of the reason, this supply glut will keep crude oil prices low in 2016. Oil markets open the new trading week moving lower still even after the multi-year low Friday close. The crude oil markets continue to lead all commodity markets lower as the new trading week gets underway. However, while last week we believed that any strength in oil would present a buying opportunity in the $GBPCAD (Volume 45), this week that perspective has changed. Any rally in the $GBPCAD this week will be seen as a selling opportunity. Only a close above the 2.1000 resistance level will keep the bullish trend intact.

GBPCAD 4 HOUR CHART

With the weak pound sterling, it is difficult for the $GBPCAD to rally even with the weak oil market. The moves have become biased to the downside this week as price continues to print lower highs and decreasing bullish momentum. Signaled by the Friday close, the new trading week opens with sellers stepping in at the gap-open highs. As price moves higher, the 2.1000 resistance level will be the signal for future price action. A confirmed close above the 2.1000 level will allow buyers to gain position and base for a move higher. However, if price rallies again and holds below the 2.1000 resistance level, the $GBPCAD will move to the 61.8% Fibonacci level on the daily chart. A rally in price back to the highs will be an opportunity for buyers to cover long positions. The failed high at 2.0949 continues to signal a deeper correction to the 1.9800 support level.

Premium trade setups with targets and stops are published in the GBP/CAD Outlook for the Week in Volume 46, this week’s Quid Report. This is an excerpt from Quid Report.

QUID REPORT LIVE

Due to the holiday shortened week and it being the very last week of 2015, no Quid Report was published this week. Instead, I am doing a video update to last week’s written report. While I have been on many forex shows, this is my first time hosting a live broadcast. This should be a quick update and review for the week in progress. Enjoy! And please leave your feedback in the comments. Perhaps this will be a new thing for me in 2016.