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I really did not know which way the market is going to move but there was enough buzz in the markeplace to generate sufficient volatility to do my straddle.

At about 1:56am Singapore time I decided to place two straddle trades with the following details: –

EURUSD; Stop if Offered 1.0600, Spot at 1.0630, Stop if Bid 1.0660

USDJPY; Stop if Offered 114.23, Spot 114.53, Stop if Bid 114.83

All SLs at 30bps away.

I decided to square the USDJPY 3 minutes after the announcement at 113.70 and the EURUSD 5 minutes later at 1.0690.

Trading profit of the USDJPY was 0.53yen and EURUSD 30bps.

Not too bad, was hoping for a bigger move, then again, we should be thankful for good and safe trading profits.

 

Since the October FOMC rate decision did not come with a press conference, the entire financial markets was looking towards the minutes to garner an idea of what happened in the closed door meeting among the Fed governors and Yellen.

There was a fair amount of noise in the media though, it seemed somewhat muted.

In any case, I stayed up and at 2:55am, I placed the following trades: –

GBPUSD   –   1.5197   –   1.5217   –   1.5237

EURUSD   –   1.0618   –   1.0638   –   1.0658

USDJPY   –   123.27   –   123.47   –   123.67

As it turned out, the minutes lacked luster, rates did not move anywhere.

10 minutes after 3am, I decided to withdraw the three straddle trades.

What a disappointment!!!

 

This week is going to be an interesting week, not just because it’s ADP and non farm payroll numbers come Wednesday and Friday, more importantly, it’s a ‘hazing’ week by the many FOMC members who will be talking in the media from Yellen, Fischer, Williams, Dudley, Evans, Bullard and Kocherlakota.

Since, we all know to be American is to be able to stay what you feel and think, there will ultimately be a confusion of views and opinions.  We already know that there are some FOMC members who are pushing for raising interest rates and there are those who want to push-off a rate hike till later.

Former Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers is advocating a rate hike only in 2016.

Earnings in corporate America is flat, equity prices fueled by high P/Es, thanks to cheap monies.  Same situation in China but only worse, why, because the government is fanning the bubble in the equity markets.

People are saying that Janet Yellen is being ‘wishy washy’ in her decision whether to raise interest rates or not.  Her recent remarks in the past FOMC rate decision showed that she is acknowledging the various economic problems faced by the many different countries all over the world.  More importantly, because the USD is the main economic trading currency, any hike in interest rates will make the corresponding currencies in South America, emerging Asian countries look like ‘banana’ monies.  As it is, Indonesian rupiah and Malaysian ringgit is trading at all time lows.  The Brazilian real has collapsed and is poised to fall further.

Trade flows and money flows around the world among countries are so intertwined that it is near impossible for the United States of America to ignore the implications of its monetary policy on global currency markets and trade countries.

Since post FOMC, the USD has been strengthening against all majors and is killing emerging currencies.  I attached the Fibonacci charts for GBP, EUR and AUD.

auusd_fibo

eurusd_fibo

gbpusd_fibo

Looks like the majors are all trading at their low ranges, below or about at the 23.6% level.  This could mean a possible bounce back up against the USD if there is any negative noise about the USD.  And with so many FOMC members talking this week, volatility could potentially rise.

Let’s see.

Let’s all stay on our toes, shall we?

We are sitting on Thursday night Singapore time and the morning of the US session.  Since just before London went for lunch, the market was seeing USD sellers bidding up the majors; EUR, GBP, JPY and AUD up all across the board.  And it is still grinding upwards, though it appears that it may be losing some momentum.

This week has been a challenging week for the US.  All data were either softer or lower.

Retail sales turned in another negative month for two negative consecutive months.

Industrial production also negative, which could also partly explain why Q1 corporate earnings has been showing misses on a number of consumable stocks; Walgreen, Walmat, Target, Home Depot.

Unemployment claims edged slightly higher to 294K but below the 300K level.

So it looks like the Fed Reserve and Yellen needs to see more convincing numbers before initiating the first interest rate hike.

Last week, RBA surprised the market by not cutting interest rates which was highly expected by the market.  For the first time, in the RBA minutes, they are now expressing some concerns about the real estate market.  It is definitely bubbling and against an economy that is not growing plus requiring structural changes……………..hmmmm…………not looking good.

ECB this week and Draghi maintained a neutral stance to monetary policy and an accommodating tone to QE.

The previous week, BOE, Carney also mentioned about keeping the status quo, though, he too, is concern about the bubbling real estate market in London.

So, on balance, the whole world is still in limbo!

And, let’s not forget there is the irritation call Greece!