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Week/Week Review – Another Scenario 2 week it was indeed….

SPY +1.2%, NQ +1.1%, RTY +2.5%
VIX -7.5%
Gold +0.3%, Silver +0.9%, Platinum +11.0%, Copper +4.4%
USD -0.7%, Euro +0.6%
Oil +4.6%, RBOB +2.5%, NG -0.4%

Do those numbers represent ANYTHING in which you’re watching/hearing about in the evening news or reading about on the “click bait” focused ZeroHedge?  The answer is no.  So I’ll remind you once again, it’s not about what makes headlines news OR drives click bait on the internet (Doom and Gloom sells, and drives ad revenue and “clicks”) – it’s about the cycle, it’s always about the cycle!  Growth/Inflation Accelerating. 

Yields pushing higher – as we’ve been calling for.  We still think the 10yr yield has a long way to go throughout the course of the year!  1.50-1.60 is what we’ve been looking for, but it may be closer to 2.00%.  Short bonds remains a core position.  We’re crushing this trade at the moment, along with our short Eurodollar position. 

Gold is struggling, Silver, Copper and Platinum aka semiconductor metals are killing it this morning – remember, Gold is a currency and vastly underperforms in Scenario 2.  Not to say that we won’t come back to Gold at a later time, just not at the moment. 

USD- I’ve been waiting for a turn in the dollar, because we believe it may begin to mirror the interest rate markets.  Rising rates = borrowing money more expensive, in turn raising the value of the USD.  I know Fiscal stimulus is highly deflationary for the USD (inflationary for risk assets), but we do see a period of strength for the USD headed into mid-year.  We’ll see if this call comes to fruition, it is a bold prediction based on the amount of liquidity and fiscal stimulus being provided by the Fed and US Treasury. 

Good luck today,

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John Caruso

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Follow John on Twitter @JCarusoRJO. John began his career at Wilshire Quinn Capital, a Wealth Management Firm based out of Los Angeles, California. John made his move to the commodity industry at the end of 2005, and began his path at Lind Waldock, at the time the largest retail brokerage division worldwide. John did his undergraduate work at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania from 1999-2003, where he was a 4 year varsity basketball letterman.  A self-professed “Macro Trader”, John uses a multi-factor fundamental and “quantamental” trading model in distinguishing market cycles based upon the accelerations or decelerations of growth and inflation metrics. His technical and quantitative approach is heavily reliant upon trend and market range analysis via a custom built standard deviation system in helping him make probability-based market decisions. John is an avid reader of all things pertaining to finance, and behavioral economics. Click here to sign-up for John Caruso's Trading Coach Insights. Daily information and insight on all futures marketsin ranging from metals to equities.
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