onsdag den 17. juni 2009

Fake the "fade" before the Fed ........Macro

Dear Investors,

Had a great evening with my now former associates and my partner Jesper tonight - we went to watch my old soccer club B.93 (http://www.b93.dk/) fight for promotion to 1. division only to see them draw a boring 0-0, but the away game is our to win on Saturday!

Then a nice dinner in one of my favourite restaurants in Copenhagen, Pierre Andre: http://www.aerislifestyle.com/0632, but during the dinner conversation we agreed on three major things (or rather Jesper and I agreed)...

  1. Zlatan Ibrahmimovic is the most overrated player in soccer....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yObIYDOv1Qc
  2. Obama is the most overrated President (http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx)
  3. ...and finally.... Fed credibility or lack of it means: You have to fade the "fake" from Fed....

The meaning of # 3 being: The Fed has a tendency to "leak" certain things to the press ahead of the FOMC, this time they are telling market on the quiet: "....listen do not tell anyone, but we are NOT interested in raising rates now..."...

Then Paul McCulley of Pimco sees right through FOMC- arguing Fed can hikes rates but keep the quantative easing in place.... (http://europe.pimco.com/LeftNav/Featured+Market+Commentary/FF/2009/Global+Central+Bank+Focus+June+2009+Exit+Strategy.htm)

Hence the need to "fade the fake before the Fed" - or in other words - Fed has been known to use Medley and other "reliable" sources to manage expectations, our feeling is this time, they may be doing more of the same... Fed knows asking for more help for the banks right now is impossible considering the morale hazard already in place, but also more importantly six month on "artiticial life support" is enough by any political standard, hence the need to "fund" other projects..... like engineering lower mortgage rates - again - for mainstreet Americans.

On the strategy side I remain focused on hitting some singles.... went long EURUSD this a.m @ 1.3855 ish.... and long S&P @ 904.50 ... Puma Macro MTD: +37 bps for now.... small in number of trades and size for now..

FX:

Looking for some more consolidation inside 1.3830 - 1.4100 ish top - before break-down based on Eastern Europe and the "fade the fake before Fed" arguments above...

Like SGD, JPY(long) - feel nervous about ALL EMG as risk appetite is changing....to the negative in my eyes..

FI:

Can't get excited but two of the smartest guys I know wants me to buy short-end G-7, and look for curve steepners... I'm in on that trade but will not execute before FOMC is out of the way...

COMMODITIES:

Considering the amont of "exit strategy" & reflation talk going around Gold have performed miserably - (yes I know I advocated long @ 930.00)...... Looking for net short, same goes for crude - the world is in denial on unemployment, growth and true state of the economy - Crude will trade sub 40 US Dollar THIS YEAR...

EQUITY:

From technical point of view - I wish that we could test higher levels like 935.00 ish.... as good "top formations" normally have one or two retest before caving in and falling..

Much smarter people than me are pointing out:

  • We have had a 90% down day - i.e: 90% of all stocks in Dow has been down the same - normally sign of top...or in this case reversal
  • Both volume and the fact the leaders has been "poor quality stocks" indicates this was COVER RALLY more than based on sound economic policies..
  • Sentiment has become almost euphoric - even Cramer is feeling on top again.....We moved from most negative sentiment in my career to the most bullish in less than four month - Hip, hip, hurrah...
  • We have some interesting cycle dates coming up: Early July (around Non-farm)....
  • Divergence is in place in almost all stock markets.....
  • Obama disapproval rating is on the rise- (click link above)...
  • Time is not working for the Administration in the sense the moratorium on foreclosures is running out, Obama can only do so many public speeches telling us to "feel" better, the TALF not working, we are getting closer to mid-term campaigns - meaning the Washington Senator' and Congressmen, God forbid, will need to go talk to their actual "voters" - and explain my Main Street got Royally burned while the "greedy bankers" were bailed out... hard one for even smooth talking "tosser" like myself..
  • 880 my 1st target - AND - I still believe in new lows this year...

OVERALL:

Looking for SQUARE positions into Fed meeting - but trigger happy on options on down-side in stock markets- also looking for FX to lead the break of range... shortly.....

Safe trading,

Steen Jakobsen

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MW sagde ...

Dear Investors,

Had a great evening with my now former associates and my partner Jesper tonight - we went to watch my old soccer club B.93 (http://www.b93.dk/) fight for promotion to 1. division only to see them draw a boring 0-0, but the away game is our to win on Saturday!

Then a nice dinner in one of my favourite restaurants in Copenhagen, Pierre Andre: http://www.aerislifestyle.com/0632, but during the dinner conversation we agreed on three major things (or rather Jesper and I agreed)...

  1. Zlatan Ibrahmimovic is the most overrated player in soccer....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yObIYDOv1Qc
  2. Obama is the most overrated President (http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx)
  3. ...and finally.... Fed credibility or lack of it means: You have to fade the "fake" from Fed....

The meaning of # 3 being: The Fed has a tendency to "leak" certain things to the press ahead of the FOMC, this time they are telling market on the quiet: "....listen do not tell anyone, but we are NOT interested in raising rates now..."...

Then Paul McCulley of Pimco sees right through FOMC- arguing Fed can hikes rates but keep the quantative easing in place.... (http://europe.pimco.com/LeftNav/Featured+Market+Commentary/FF/2009/Global+Central+Bank+Focus+June+2009+Exit+Strategy.htm)

Hence the need to "fade the fake before the Fed" - or in other words - Fed has been known to use Medley and other "reliable" sources to manage expectations, our feeling is this time, they may be doing more of the same... Fed knows asking for more help for the banks right now is impossible considering the morale hazard already in place, but also more importantly six month on "artiticial life support" is enough by any political standard, hence the need to "fund" other projects..... like engineering lower mortgage rates - again - for mainstreet Americans.

On the strategy side I remain focused on hitting some singles.... went long EURUSD this a.m @ 1.3855 ish.... and long S&P @ 904.50 ... Puma Macro MTD: +37 bps for now.... small in number of trades and size for now..

FX:

Looking for some more consolidation inside 1.3830 - 1.4100 ish top - before break-down based on Eastern Europe and the "fade the fake before Fed" arguments above...

Like SGD, JPY(long) - feel nervous about ALL EMG as risk appetite is changing....to the negative in my eyes..

FI:

Can't get excited but two of the smartest guys I know wants me to buy short-end G-7, and look for curve steepners... I'm in on that trade but will not execute before FOMC is out of the way...

COMMODITIES:

Considering the amont of "exit strategy" & reflation talk going around Gold have performed miserably - (yes I know I advocated long @ 930.00)...... Looking for net short, same goes for crude - the world is in denial on unemployment, growth and true state of the economy - Crude will trade sub 40 US Dollar THIS YEAR...

EQUITY:

From technical point of view - I wish that we could test higher levels like 935.00 ish.... as good "top formations" normally have one or two retest before caving in and falling..

Much smarter people than me are pointing out:

  • We have had a 90% down day - i.e: 90% of all stocks in Dow has been down the same - normally sign of top...or in this case reversal
  • Both volume and the fact the leaders has been "poor quality stocks" indicates this was COVER RALLY more than based on sound economic policies..
  • Sentiment has become almost euphoric - even Cramer is feeling on top again.....We moved from most negative sentiment in my career to the most bullish in less than four month - Hip, hip, hurrah...
  • We have some interesting cycle dates coming up: Early July (around Non-farm)....
  • Divergence is in place in almost all stock markets.....
  • Obama disapproval rating is on the rise- (click link above)...
  • Time is not working for the Administration in the sense the moratorium on foreclosures is running out, Obama can only do so many public speeches telling us to "feel" better, the TALF not working, we are getting closer to mid-term campaigns - meaning the Washington Senator' and Congressmen, God forbid, will need to go talk to their actual "voters" - and explain my Main Street got Royally burned while the "greedy bankers" were bailed out... hard one for even smooth talking "tosser" like myself..
  • 880 my 1st target - AND - I still believe in new lows this year...

OVERALL:

Looking for SQUARE positions into Fed meeting - but trigger happy on options on down-side in stock markets- also looking for FX to lead the break of range... shortly.....

Safe trading,

Steen Jakobsen