It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Henry Ford

Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Benjamin Franklin

The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know, that you are free to investigate. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Gartley Pattern

Gartley pattern from Sylvanus who posts on Columbias CIL

update of Elliott Traders wave count

Nice chart from Dino which shows resistance at hand for this retracement.Dino has divided the range by 9,which is unusual (Gann normally used 8) but this does include the 33% and 66% levels .Check out Dino's free chatroom which can be accessed through the blog link)


Quick thoughts on FTSE.I am not around much today to update charts etc but with FTSE at 5325 just wanted to say it is looking like C of ABC correction (or E of triangle or whatever it is) may be ending and the next leg down might be upon us soon.September seasonality is usually poor.A decent reversal day today (or tomorrow,)would be an important trigger I think.Much of the oversold nature has been unwound and we should retest the lows at least.Today is the 8th trading day from the low


If 25% doesn't hold the next target would be 33.3% which is close to 50% from the January low



Tuesday 30 August 2011

Colin Twiggs



The way forward

By Colin Twiggs
August 30th, 2011 3:00 a.m. ET (5:00 p:m AET)

These extracts from my trading diary are for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as investment or trading advice. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms of Use.

There were plenty of central bankers and economists with glum faces at Jackson Hole, Wyoming this week as speakers reviewed the challenges ahead. So far the global economy has not responded to various rescue plans, with GDP slowing and national debt rising across a whole slew of economies.
Before we look at the daunting challenges ahead,we should review what has already been achieved. We avoided a global banking collapse, an accompanying deflationary spiral and a depression similar to the 1930s. There have been a few side-effects, but do not underestimate the importance of avoiding a deflationary spiral.

Deflationary Spiral

In times of uncertainty, households and corporates save at higher than normal rates. Savings contribute to economic growth when channeled through the financial system into new investment, but in a financial crisis they are applied to pay down debt, causing a savings-investment mismatch. Any amount saved that is not re-invested in the economy, whether it used to pay down debt or buried in a tin at the bottom of the garden, causes a fall in national income.
If 2% of every trillion dollars earned, for example, is used to repay debt, then people who would have supplied 1 trillion dollars worth of goods and services will only receive $980 billion in income. That doesn't seem so bad, but if 2% of the reduced income is similarly applied to repay debt, then income available contracts to $960.4 billion. And keeps contracting each time income is recycled. In extreme cases the above scenario could be replayed many times over before the behavior ends, causing a sharp fall in national income. Repetition of the above cycle twenty times, for example, would reduce available income by a third. That is a deflationary spiral. Something to be avoided at all costs.


The proven antidote to deflation is to run a fiscal deficit: government expenditure in excess of revenue helps to offset the savings-investment shortfall. Stimulus programs, however, have been badly managed, with no thought as to how the burgeoning national debt would be repaid. Mountains of national debt were incurred to head off the deflationary spiral, but there is very little to show for it. Deficits spent on school halls, public fountains, checks in the mail and tax cuts offer no means of repayment. Investment in infrastructure projects that offer a market-related return on investment — that can be used to repay the debt over time — have so far been scarce.
The result of a weak fiscal balance sheet is instability. High unemployment, low consumer spending, restricted consumer credit, and a falling housing market are all consequences of increased uncertainty.
Also, private capital investment remains scarce despite super-low interest rates and cashed up corporate balance sheets. For the same reason that cashed up banks are not lending to small business: uncertainty. Both banks and business face an unpredictable environment, with the possibility of further falls in employment and consumer spending, restricted consumer credit, a falling housing market, unsustainably low interest rates, and the threat of increased taxes. Uncertainty equals risk, and any CEO worth his/her salt would scale back on expansion plans until they have a clearer picture of what the future holds.
Unemployment will remain high and GDP growth low until capital investment is restored. The problem is: how?

Possible solutions

The answer may sound simplistic, but we need to reduce uncertainty to provide business with a stable foundation on which to plan future investment. There are four possible solutions, but none of them are pretty.
The first is austerity: cutting government expenditure to match revenues. Austerity is important but on its own is likely to deliver even lower growth than at present — and risks a deflationary spiral. Cutting government expenditure while private savings are being used to pay down debt, without an equivalent cut in tax revenues, would court disaster.
Raising taxes is another popular option: getting everyone to pay their fair share. Though the notion of fair share varies widely depending on who the speaker is — and who pays their campaign contributions. Revising the tax code to achieve a more equitable distribution of the tax burden may contribute to long-term stability — a fair tax system is more likely to stand the test of time — but increasing tax revenues to repay national debt would also risk a deflationary spiral.
A third solution is massive public works programs similar to those undertaken by China during the GFC. Infrastructure projects directly stimulate local business and increase employment while also delivering savings in unemployment benefits. Government infrastructure investment, however, has a checkered history. Cost overruns and failure to meet revenue projections make private sector funding difficult to obtain. And government funding would further increase the national debt.
The fourth option, a soft default on existing debt, through inflation, is obviously tempting. Debasing the currency by selling Treasurys directly to the Fed, for example, would:
  • Reduce national debt in real terms;
  • Create a surge in investment demand for real assets as a protection against inflation — lifting stock prices and the housing market;
  • Bail out the banks, who are threatened by shrinking housing prices; and
  • Give currency manipulators a sizable haircut on their existing Treasury investments and discourage further "pegging" against the dollar. China and Japan collectively hold more than $2 trillion in US Treasurys [Washington Post], accumulated to suppress appreciation of their currencies against the greenback and create a trade advantage.
An unwelcome result, however, would be a massive spike in inflation. At some point the Fed would have to raise interest rates sharply, effectively slamming the economy into reverse, in order to cure inflationary expectations. So we could defer the recession for now, in the hope that the economy is on a sounder footing when it re-visits us later.

The way forward

While each of the options has their downside, a combination of the first three seems to offer the best solution. Funding infrastructure investment through a combination of private sector funding, austerity cuts and increased taxes could avoid the risk of a deflationary spiral, with minimal increase in the national debt. It would also facilitate direct channeling of private savings into investment, reduce wasteful government expenditure (through an austerity drive) and could be used to justify a more equitable distribution of the tax burden (if we all benefit we should all expect to pay).
The fourth option, a soft default through inflation, should be seen as a last resort. And is probably why QE3 was not put forward at Jackson Hole last week. Once you awaken the (inflation) dragon, he can prove difficult to slay.
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approaching top of bollinger band (2 hour chart)...am still thinking another leg down soon...

chart posted by ETX on Dino's CIL
Chart from Mike Breaux showing the ema's crossover and retracements


Elliott count on Dow from Elliott trader

another interesting Gann chart from Gann360

Monday 29 August 2011

If the nasdaq rally exceeds the first leg up in price (Aug 9th-17th) I would abort the bear view mentioned on Friday (short-term).I am nervous about the bullish turn in Ron's Walker's indicators.It may still work but in retrospect waiting for a reversal signal would have been more prudent.I feel happier shorting gold here (1790) for a trade

Gold - Martin Armstrong


Larry Edelson

BPI turns bullish,3 dema crosses 10 dsma (Joanne Klein's Halloween indicator)  from Ron,thechartpatterntrader (see previous post and vid)

30 month cycles on the S&P - another excellent chart from Gann360

Ron Walker's daily video.Very good and contradicting my bear call on NDX !  3 of his 4 indicators have turned bullish..Bullish percentage indicator being the most important.However pattern still bearish.Ron describes the contradictory signals facing the market really nicely but opts to go with the bullish BPI,all still within the context of a bear market (price below 50dma,which is below 200dma)


Euro showing signs of strength against the swiss franc



I am re-evaluating this in the light of NEM,HMY,FRES charts and have to say it looks quite bullish.Previously I had focussed on the bearish triple top but there are also 3 lows (arrowed) so a battle is taking place above the previous high,which is itself bullish,and it is a 3rd attempt at a level ie usually succeeds.So on balance a buyer with a stop under the 3rd low.Does this mean gold is not going to have a big correction ?...confusing

Sunday 28 August 2011


Here is an interesting and cautionary chart from Alberta Rocks (see comments after NDX post on Friday)

Elliott wave from Sid - Nasdaq and Dax video

Interesting count from Columbia


Mexican silver and gold play with UK listing..I had a nice Gann setup for a top (time and price conjunction) posted a few weeks ago but it blew through it and the weekly now looks v bullish.Flag may even be a MP consolidation.Shorter term can count 5 waves from 13 (fib!) to 21 (fib) and 50% retrace at 16.8 now critical support .Would be looking to buy confirmed lows above this level.Wll consider the bearish potential if we break below.On the quarterly candle chart there is only one lower low since listing !!


A similar picture to BLT...potential major top in place


Looks like succesfully tested support at 12,has a huge base of support now


Breaking out on volume ?

Silver - Gann fans

Reacted from the 0.618% retracement mentioned in earlier post.Next week should be interesting.Best guess we just made a B wave high ?

Ftse Sep

If we turn here 55 td is next number in the fibonnaci sequence (same if we rally of course !)

Corn at 760

I posted a long term chart a week ago.Here is September contract.Looks like a test of the high (which was almost Gann 100% off low resistance.)Possible we see a false break.Obviously we could keep going so the trade is to wait for a reversal (or buy a breakout)  Low 386,high 764 2xlow =772

Another way to look at this - 1 year move (360 degrees) and  400 + 360= 760



Possible setup here with the 4 month cycle and 288 "natural" resistance level

Saturday 27 August 2011

Here is a nice chart from Gann360,examining the importance of the 1x1 and looking back to 2007 for precedents.Gann360 posts on Twitter


are we setting up for a powerful dollar rally ? Another doji this week


Friday 26 August 2011

NDX 2168 ...time to sell ?

Well Bernanke's speech somewhat of a damp squib and feels like he may be saving his firepower for the likely seasonal weakness in September (and see link from Jesse's Cafe Americain posted earlier) We dont have a reversal signal yet but the Nasdaq is up against multiple resistance now at 2160-80 from the gap,the broken double bottom and Gann 100% From 1080.The risk to selling here is if they manage to gap it up on Monday but my feeling is that even if they do it will meet selling.We are also in the 4 month (Gann 120 degrees) time cycle from the April high now,which would be good for a reversal


Looks like a kind of hammer,in a HL position....difficult to read this as it is so oversold,but not a bad recovery from Thursday's flash crash

interesting observation's on Bernankes stand

this is a another really nice long-term chart from Kimble

nice chart from Columbia


The Russell,which often leads,did produce an engulfing candle

 720 is important resistance (compare to 2160 on the nasdaq chart earlier..nasdaq is much stronger)


Yesterday was a bearish reversal,almost an engulfing candle but not quite.All eyes on JacksonHole today for Mr Bernanke's speech.Will he disappoint the QE3 awaiters and will we see a dollar rally and commodity and stock selloff ? A lower low today would be a sell signal I think but it could be a volatile session

BHP Billliton

This is another key indicator,like the Dax in my opinion and it is not looking good,BLT is the biggest mining stock in the world and a great lead for Chinese  and global growth.We have a fast move down off a 3rd high,break below trendlines and previous peaks,a dead cross of the 50and 200dma and now appear to be consolidating in a bear flag formation below the broken trendline before the next plunge down

Thursday 25 August 2011

Point and figure chart from Joanne Klein's public list