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Breslow’s Advice To Those Traders “Who Need To Be Miserable To Be Happy”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 3:33
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Presenting yout latest dose of early morning misery, or perhaps joy, from Richard Breslow, a former FX trader and fund manager who writes for Bloomberg

Analysts Who Need to Be Miserable to Be Happy

I don’t know what kind of a market environment we’re eventually going to be in, but there’s little to suggest we’ve been living through anything approximating risk-off mode. If it has looked like that to you, you are going to have a really uncomfortable time of it, if and when, markets are allowed to trade in a two-way manner.

I accept and agree that there are oodles of valuations that seem stretched. That there’s plenty of reasons to be concerned about all sorts of issues. I wouldn’t argue that caution may be warranted, especially for the retail investor. But so far, from a trading perspective, it’s just conjecture. Asset prices have done little wrong.

The analytical response continues to be that there’s no risk-off or risk-on. There’s calamity versus the divine right to have everything go continuously higher. We decry the greater-fool investor and then furiously bemoan his absence when there’s no one willing to cross the spread and pay your offer at every price point.

If you need to hate equities, at least let them take out the 55-day moving average. It’s moving up anyway. Know why? Because prices have gone higher. If they are going to collapse, missing the first one percent is a reasonable price to pay.

Do the exercise with other assets of your choice. U.S. high- yield OAS spreads tested and held a beautiful trend line. Ten-year Treasuries are trying to turn 2.30% into a quadruple bottom. If they break, they break. Pre-emption sounds an awful lot like presumption.

Is the rest of the global carry trade really dead because South African politics is a mess? Only for a trade. Maybe. And the people running for cover were probably in these trades because the charts looked good and they were being sold on the notion that nothing could go wrong. Everyone’s doing it. Remember that wrong and dangerous nonsense that politics or terror don’t matter to traders? Welcome to a crowded emerging market trade.

We should institute a rule that says you can’t put on an emerging market carry trade unless you can find the country on a map and name its capital.

And when something does happen that really shakes up markets, ignore the person screaming, “I knew it.”


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