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EUR/USD Market Profile Structure (by Alex)

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First lets see how our speculations from last week played out.It was said-

"Now let's go down to the current distribution and compare it to August 2008 distribution (that was last time the market traded at these prices) to get some clues. 

The chart says it all. Looks like a mirror image. Please note how the market quickly rejected prices highlighted in green in august 2008. But this time we also need to consider that we have a lot of support (volume traded) below."

Now lets see what happened in the following days:


You can see that price levels highlighted in green indeed got rejected but not as fast as in august 2008.The distribution(volume traded)below provided support and time to establish positions.

Now lets take a look at weekly market profile distribution charts of  EUR/USD(6E contract used to analyze volume traded):

6E 12-09 10_26_2009 (1 Min)7
In one day we ran the whole last week range.We need to see if responsive buyers(buyers that buy market below perceive value)step in.Rotation back up to area of interest highlighted in yellow at least should provide time/opportunity to establish short posions(from short term scalping to longer term swing trade-depends on your trading style).Support areas of interest marked below

Extending the Strategy

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On Friday, October 16th, I started getting very serious about shorting the market by commencing the entry of many of the shorts I had lined up. I have continued this effort, and I am in position on 108 items.

I did another complete sweep of all my charts last night (which number over 1,000) to cull my next tranche of shorts for entry. I have 72 more candidates for shorting, and I am deliberating waiting for some kind of mild push higher to begin entering these positions.

If we can get above about 1071 on the /ES, I'll be comfortable commencing entry into these positions. In the meantime, I have one very large bullish position – DIG – which I entered yesterday in order to counterbalance all my shorts in the event of a push higher in the market (which seems to be happening as I am typing this). I'll be exiting that position at about the same time I am moving into my new shorts.

If the market can avoid a huge surge higher, I imagine I'll be in place with about 180 short positions once everything is done.

P.S. By the time I posted this, I was already out of my DIG position! I got out for about a 1.5% profit and am "purely" short again.

Roubini, Deflation, Inflation & Gold (by Gary)

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Good morning slopers.  Gary from Biiwii here again.

There is nothing like the inflation/deflation debate and the misperceptions therein to get as many people off-sides as possible at the exact wrong times.  Case in point:  It was time to be bullish in March because the media were working full Armageddon into the public consciousness and markets were sold out.  We all knew that deflation ruled the day.  

But a funny thing happened on the way to depression; panicked inflationary policy, working 24/7 for months on end, took hold and combined with an extremely bullish sentiment backdrop as Armageddon '08 morphed into Hope '09, which of course became the current late stage phenomenon, Full Tout '09.

Below is an excerpt from this weekend's newsletter.  I personally interpret Nouriel Roubini and what he represents as a signpost I will need in the future when the time comes to position for change once again in the inflation/deflation game of cat and mouse:

Roubini:  “I
don’t believe in gold. Gold can go up for only two reasons. [One is]
inflation, and we are in a world where there are massive amounts of deflation
because of a glut of capacity, and demand is weak, and there’s slack in the
labor markets with unemployment peeking above 10 percent in all the advanced
economies. So there’s no inflation, and there’s not going to be for the time

The only other case in which gold can go
higher with deflation is if you have Armageddon, if you have another depression.
But we’ve avoided that tail risk as well. So all the gold bugs who say gold is
going to go to $1,500, $2,000, they’re just speaking nonsense. Without
inflation, or without a depression, there’s nowhere for gold to go. Yeah, it
can go above $1,000, but it can’t move up 20-30 percent unless we end up in a
world of inflation or another depression. I don’t see either of those being
likely for the time being. Maybe three or four years from now, yes. But not
anytime soon.”

I found the above quote in
an interview titled Big Crash Coming with professor Nouriel
Roubini here
at something called Index Universe.  The
link is to page 2, where the gold segment is, but I recommend reading the entire
interview.  It is fairly brief.

On gold specifically I have
to disagree with the good professor, just as I do with Prechter and I don’t
know how many other deflationists out there. 
That is of course because Roubini comes at the subject from the
standpoint of ‘price’ as opposed to value. 
In my opinion, there is too much focus on the prices of assets,
what gluts of capacity and slack demand will do to prices and hence, price
inflation or the lack thereof in Roubini’s view.

“So there’s no
There is inflation.  Over the
last year plus there has been a ton of it and it has been aimed at keeping prices
up.  And it has succeeded thus far
in its task.  But inflation is not
rising prices.  Inflation is what is
promoted in the face of declining asset prices.

I will stick by my stance
that holds the deflationary pressure Roubini sees is the lever by which future
inflationary policy will be pulled into existence. 
Okay, I have been polite thus far.  What
I actually think is that analysis like Roubini’s above, ends up being a tool
for policy makers.  Whether
knowingly or unwittingly, prominent economic talking heads (and the media that
dote on every word) are important to the cause for business as usual by policy

From last week’s NFTRH55:  “If the current system is to survive, these guys [policy
makers] need an event and they need is soon. 
That is what I thought I saw on the faces and heard in the voices of Tim
[Geithner] and Larry [Summers] last week.”

Roubini’s oncoming crash
would be the event.  The
event’s fallout would be the lever. 
The lever would be pulled and a new round of inflationary policy is all
but a given since the public, hysterical and frightened by the event, will
support it wholeheartedly.  In other
words, confidence, induced by fear though it is (again), would remain intact in
our leaders’ ability and willingness to come to the rescue with more

We here at NFTRH will wish
to take risk management steps leading up to the event, and then capitalize on
the inflationary results.  Simple,
isn’t it?  Well yes, simple in a twisted kind of way. 
This is how people are systematically disenfranchised, over cycles and
over decades, through misperceptions about inflation and deflation.

Meanwhile, per NFTRH55 last
week, money supply graphs from the Fed show money supply having leveled off.  This is the first step to what may one day evolve into
deflationist hubris, again.  That
will be about the time gold has once again separated itself from the asset pack
as a unique holder of liquidity and long-term value.  It will rise relative to everything even if it
declines temporarily in nominal US dollar terms. 
That would be yet another buying opportunity that the deflationists will
miss the boat on.

we get ahead of ourselves, as this is all just theory for the future. 
At the moment we have the inflationists, commodity bulls, peak oil
believers, stock touts and their respective hubris to deal with.