The major US indices snap their two-day slide

Major indices close higher on the day

The major US indices not there today slide and are closing near the days highs in the process. Chair Powell’s view that it would take significant and persistent inflation before the next Fed hike, gave traders the green light to take stock higher.  Ahead, however, will be the US China tariffs scheduled to be hiked on December 15. That along with the UK election on the next key events for not only the US stock market but global stocks.
The final numbers are showing:
  • S&P index, +9.09 points or 0.29% at 3141.61. The high reached 3143.98. The low extended to 3133.21
  • NASDAQ index rose and 37.867 points or 0.44% at 8654.05. The high reached 8658.48. The low fell to 8622.355
  • The Dow rose 29.37 points or 0.11% to 27911.09. The hi reached 27925.50. The low extended to 27801.80

China’s Global Times on trade talks with the US – says there “isn’t a quick fix for this prolonged conflict”

A piece in the Global times, an interview with Hans-Paul Bürkner, chairman of Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

The headline to this post is an editorial opinion from the GT editor, but it fits with the theme of the interview.
  • The situation between China and the US involves more conflict than the world has seen before, but eventually we’ll resolve it because this is the best way for both. 
  • There will be a trade deal. There will be one deal after another, and one issue after another will be resolved but it can take a lot of time.

Nikkei reports: China is doubling down on demands that may threaten trade deal

Cold feet again?

The Nikkei is reporting that Beijing has double down on demands that may threaten to delay a preliminary trade agreement with the US.
The report says that China is digging in on insisting that US withdrawal all tariffs levied since summer of last year before entering an agreement.  Pres. Trump is likely not thinking along those lines in Phase I of what will be a drawn out process.
Phase 1 is intended to focus on expanding American imports into China, but does not address the key structural issues like IP theft.
Trade deals sound good on paper but once the rubber meets the road and both parties dig in a bit more, the risks of a deal break down are real.
The US stock market is taking it in stride. The major indices are trading little changed on the day.
Gold meanwhile is down $25 or -1.67% which suggests no worries/be happy.
If the rhetoric becomes more pervasive, however, we could see a reversal of the market forces going forward.
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Trump warns he will obliterate Turkey if they go offside

Trump talks about his “great and unmatched wisdom”

Another tweet on Turkey:
As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!
The Turkish lira is under pressure today on speculation they will launch offensives into Turkey.

Big Tech wins US talent war as Trump visa policy hurts Indian IT

While the immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump give the impression of slamming the door on foreign talent, a closer look at visa data shows that the big four American tech companies are accelerating their drive to attract and retain highly skilled professionals.

In contrast, the biggest losers are Indian information technology companies, such as Cognizant Technology Solutions, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, who had long been the biggest employers of foreign IT talent in the U.S.

At issue is the H-1B visa, the permit that allows foreign talent with specialized skills to reside and work in the U.S. for up to six years. People from India, especially with computer skills, account for the biggest percentage — 74% — of H-1B visa applicants, followed by those from China at 11%.

Workers who enter the U.S. under the H-1B have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and start their own business. The prospect of the American dream has enabled the U.S. to attract some of the best minds in the world and has been the engine of innovation in the country.

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Platts on the oil price impact of the Saudi attack

Via Platts now, in brief from their analysis:
  • Attacks increases concerns on about supply security in the Middle East
  • Oil price risk premium should heighten
  • sudden change in geopolitical risk warrants elimination of the $5-10 a barrel discount on bearish sentiment and also adds potential $5-10 a barrel premium to account for threats to supply, sudden elimination of spare capacity
  • prices are likely to break out of the current $55-65 a barrel options range
  • test high $70s
  • could move higher still if Saudi output is curtailed for a more substantial period
Note, exports from Saudi are expected to remain around normal levels this week as inventory is drawn upon. Evidence of prolonged curtailment of supply due to damage to production facilities is what to watch for.
ICYMI, oil prices will jump at the open on the attacks over the weekend:

EBITDA-Humour or Making Fool ?

EBITDA (earnings before interest expenses, taxes, depreciation and amortization): Earnings before I tricked the dumb auditor.

EBIT (earnings before interest expenses and taxes): Earnings before irregularities and tampering.


6 Key Ideas For Traders

1). The typical trader who is struggling will look for outside information that completes the puzzle or “holy grail” of trading. Go and look at yourself in the mirror. This is the missing piece in the trading puzzle.

2). Mental rehearsal (of both positive and negative scenarios), positive imagery, inducing a relaxed state of mind, and developing daily rituals can help put you in the flow state of mind for trading.

3). The most important question a trader can ask: “Am I acting in my own best interest right now?”. Menaker explains why this question will help you define your risk and maximize your opportunities and trading results.

4). The very largest traders are focused primarily on risk management. Accepting and managing risk is a big part of trading. Some traders have difficulty following rules in this area. We should spend time learning about the mental biases humans have against suffering losses (see: Prospect Theory) and become aware of these showing up in our trading. Keep a trading journal to highlight awareness of these events.

5). “If I was forced to rank the importance of [various aspects] of trading, setups would be at the bottom of the list. Position sizing, risk management, and psychology are really what’s going to keep you out of trouble and ahead of the game. The best traders understand this and have internalized it.”.

6). You need to learn to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t. While it sounds obvious, many traders have difficulty with this as their unmanaged emotions are interfering with their perceptions and trading process.  

Teach Yourself to Be Great

Can you teach yourself to trade? Do you realize how important learning on your own is if you really want to be a successful trader? Everything about Kevin Bruce’s trading is self-taught. He started in the basement of the University of Georgia library: The school had old editions of the Wall Street Journal on microfilm. In the basement dungeon, he would compile his own record of the open, high, low, and closing prices for all markets. At the time, Bruce was actually working at a gas station at night, and between cleaning bugs off windshields and pumping gas, he had time to think and research–which is where he would analyze that price data. Bruce had a Texas Instruments handheld calculator that helped him sort through price data collected from the library. He figured out how to mathematically define a trend (in order to profit from its movement). It was a basic trend trading system. It was the same system he had used for the trading game in school with slight tweaks. Ultimately, it was the same one he would use with real money in the decades to follow.

Lessons from Paul Tudor Jones

-Never play macho man with the market. Never over-trade relative to the equity in your account
-his first mentor has “steel hard emotional control”
-always liquidate half his position below new highs or lows
-after having 60-70% draw-down, he was so depressed he nearly quit. “Mr. Stupid, why risk everything on one trade? Why not make your life a pursuit of happiness rather than pain?”
-he then first decided to learn discipline and money management. Become disciplined and business-like about trading
-“Now I spend my day trying to make myself as happy and relaxed as I can be. If I have positions going against me, I get right out; if they are going for me, I keep them”
-Be quicker and more defensive. Always think about losing money as opposed to making money. He always has a mental stop. If it hits that number, he is out no matter what
-“Risk control is the most important thing in trading” Stop out at near 10% monthly draw-down. He never wants to lose 10% in a month

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