From inside the trading desk, global experts look at the months ahead – Guest Editorial

Dan Blystone

Yohay Elam, Francis Hunt, Hugh Kimura and Bradley Rotter go into detail on their views about the current impact on the markets, from their place as professionals with their finger on the pulse

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By Dan Blystone, Senior Market Analyst, Scandinavian Capital MarketsWith 22 years of experience, Dan gained insight to the markets working at Altea Trading, ABN AMRO and Infinity Futures in Chicago. He is the founder of TradersLog and the Chicago Traders Group. Find out more about Dan by clicking here.

Global equities have fallen into a bear market. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 posted their largest percentage drops since the October 1987 crash.  Markets have experienced soaring volatility, with the VIX reaching levels last seen in the financial crisis of 2008. With economic activity grinding to a halt so suddenly just recently, not only are we looking at a very sharp recession, we may even face a depression. 

I asked a panel of market experts the following questions: Can you share your outlook on the market for the coming months and where you would look for opportunities?

Jamie Saettele, SB Trade Desk

“The S&P 500 briefly dipped below its 2018 low yesterday before recovering.  After a market takes out an obvious level, it’s common to see a reaction in the opposite direction.  In this case, that is higher. I’m expecting a rally back to 2700 or so before another leg down. I’m not sure where the next big support is on the S&P.  For the Dow, the next major level isn’t until about 13100. Bottom line, I’m expecting more 2 way trading rather than the straight line decline that we’ve seen over the last month.” 

Bradley Rotter, visionary investor 

“I laugh when people mention the “crash”  of 1987. I was trading stock indexes at the time and call Oct 19, 1987 instead “one big giant bad fill” After seeing the Wuhan virus early through some underground video coming in from that, I took action and had self quarantined for 2 months before the San Francisco lockdown.  It was clear to me that the China growth rate had not slowed, the second largest economy in the world had come to a screeching halt, which soon spread to Korea, Singapore, Italy and now the US.  This shall be remembered as the most contractionary even in economic recorded history. It shall pass, but when it does the supply chains will have been substantially changed”  

Hugh Kimura, TradingHeroes

“I feel that the biggest opportunities will be in undervalued stocks because when the market crashes, it takes good stocks with it. Therefore, I’m building a watchlist of quality companies that might develop a good reward-to-risk scenario, and have good medium to long-term growth potential. On the Forex side, the volatility is a tremendous opportunity to catch big swings. I’m just setting my stops a little wider and trailing them tighter, to account for the volatility.”  

Yohay Elam, FXStreet and ForexCrunch

The necessary lockdowns are causing immense economic damage that will likely inflict deeper damage than the 2008 crisis. High levels of uncertainty are rocking markets. Several developments can change that, from finding a cure or a vaccine to seeing a Western country such as Italy successfully stopping the spread. Once that happens, depression can be avoided if governments kickstart the economies until the private sector can get back on its feet again. It will likely get worse before it gets better, mostly due to the extreme level of uncertainty. Perhaps after the summer, we will have a timetable of sorts, allowing a meaningful recovery, but trying to pick a bottom is almost impossible.“ 

Tim Racette, EminiMind

“At this point in time there’s really not enough information to formulate a decisive outlook for the future. What we do know, is that people are scared and businesses are being forced to close their doors. History tells us that many of those businesses will not reopen. Those that lived within their means, didn’t over borrow, and set money aside for a rainy day will have the best chance of getting through the crisis the best. Given how much debt the US has and the overspending habits of many individuals these will be tough times even as the government steps in to provide stimulus. Humanity is stronger, smarter, and more innovative than ever before. We will get through this, it’ll just take some time.” 

Francis Hunt, The Market Sniper

“2008 was a depression, it was restricted from clearing out all the corpse’s, by a cartel of central bankers, with industry specific bailouts. This is an Economic case study for millennia, this is ‘Mega-Depression’, a generational scarring event, which will roll on beyond many people expectations. Countless will be crushed in the bottom calling that will proceed, not till all Positivist mindset cheerleaders have all been repeatedly crushed will we even just start to make lows. Governments globally will be the owner of near to everything on proliferated Fiat/QE and other exceptional fiscal chicanery items. I expect the bulk of the population globally to be on Government support of some kind, and a new digital fiat system to emerge.

The excesses are so vast, the skeletons will keep coming. Peak demand for Oil has passed. Demographics are against all the largest economic powerhouses [Europe, Japan & US] Expect an enforced permanent fiat system proliferation, with a Green agenda meme to future taxation, real time tax deductions, on a huge waiting in the wings tech rollout, that the ‘solution’ will require, with possibly various versions of UBI in force. Equities will become a swear word for decades unless you know how to short. Stocks will be in the doldrums post lows for decades, many will turn away.

This is not ‘Doomsday Porn’, close to over 90% of all returns in the stock market over the last century has come in just the 2 decades. What over extends in one direction, under extends by a similar degree later. Learn to Short, or get out of equity investments for a sustained period, we are only just starting, and the violence of the plunge should warn all. PS – Our Take: We are short Oil & Oil Services for the last 6 Months, Long The USDRUB/CAD/TRY/KRW, Dollar supremacy into failing FX Emergings like MXN & ZAR etc.. Then the final Bull market will be Physical Metals Gold & Silver. Short Junk debt [High Yield Debt] $JNK, $HYG others like it.” 

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