Hammer day Friday, -.5% this morning, The fed, political hysteria. My thoughts

The indexes are off about .6% 30 min before the open. TLT is +1% @CL is -.20% and vix.x is +9%. This is a negative premarket.

After the hammer on Monday, it would be nice to get some follow-through, but so far it looks like the chances of that are slim today.

I have a number of swing positions on at the moment, and I imagine if we get a drop today I will be out of many. These are tough markets to trade right now as the ups and downs tend to wiggle you out of trades. But still, in the end stops are the only way to go.

Except of course for mean reversion. I closed out my 2 SPY positions on Friday for a nice gain. These have been by far the strongest of my trades this year. The only caveat is with mean reversion you take a big loss once in a while. It comes with the territory:)

On the political front its the normally manufactured hysteria. Some things to look at through the mist are 1. The Fed and 2. the amended Nafta agreement.

Powell is behind the curve. Why I have no idea. I am not much on conspiracy theories, but needless to say, he is overlooking the geopolitical turmoil. Rate cuts should be dramatic right now. Instead, he is still in cautious mode:(

The Nafta agreement is purely political. I see little to no chance of it getting through the house. Even though it is a great agreement for the U.S. the House is not going to give Trump a win heading into 2020. My guess is they will add a poison pill to the bill that will kill it.

On the geopolitical front, the world is a mess. Yellow vest protests are growing in France, Hong Kong is now in on the act raising the American Flag. This is not going to end well for Hong Kong. China will be brutal in quashing this.

Trade with China is not close to being settled, and N. Korea is starting to act out again. A lot going on geopolitically. And all is potentially market-moving.

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