Lobbyist Still in Control of Congress – The Bond Market Continues to Struggle as Danger Signs Grow – Is it Time to Take Profits on Positions? – Day Trading Still Preferred
Last Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a bill that effectively undermines the CFTC’s (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) ability to regulate derivatives. The evidence is clear in that there are very few things politicians in D.C. can agree upon but one that they do is undermining Dodd-Frank. It would appear that the financial lobby is winning on getting the Dodd Frank Act gutted and made ineffective. This has become Texas Congressman Hensarling’s primary focus. As Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Hensarling has managed to pass a series of bills under the guise of “improving” Dodd-Frank. The truth is the committee has become an industry-approved pipeline of dangerous legislation that would basically render Dodd-Frank useless in enforcing any reforms.
Erika Eichelberger at Mother Jones provided a clear summary of the bills (click here to read the article):
One of the offending bills would allow certain derivatives that are traded within a corporation to be exempt from almost all new Dodd-Frank regulations. The second would expand the types of trading risks that banks can take on. The third would allow big US-based multinational banks to escape US regulations by operating through international subsidiaries. Financial reform advocates say it is way too early to start messing with Wall Street reform, especially since key parts of Dodd-Frank have yet to go into effect.
The Chairman of the CFTC, Gary Gensler continues to strongly advocate reigning in the excesses of the market and ensure the common-sense reforms within the Dodd-Frank Act be allowed to go into effect next month. His position remains that a strong need for international regulation continues in order to stop the next financial crisis and “to restore Wall Street to its proper role channeling capital, not siphoning it.”
The U.S. bond market correction is still in force, as it appears that bonds can’t catch a break as the selling pressure remains at full throttle. The correction has been in progress for almost a year with the 30-year bond reaching a high at 153’11 on July 9, 2012.
The patterns in progress are incomplete suggesting some major trouble ahead for bonds. Check out the (monthly) charts below for the 30-year bond future and the 10-year note future. On both charts the red arrows are support areas and thus far both are holding initial areas, but don’t expect it to continue. Near-term is remains likely an additional bounce higher will occur, before yielding to the next round of downside pressure.
The equity markets also remain in corrections. Intervening rallies though, should continue this week and set up the next leg down. The charts (daily) below continue to indicate support to complete the corrections lies well below current levels. I would anticipate a few “ugly” days of downside activity. Longer-term I still believe the broader indexes will move to additional new highs before the advance is complete.
It is interesting times in which we live and choose to trade. I have advocated changing strategies as a trader in becoming more of a day trader (no overnight risk) versus carrying positions. This remains important during times such as these. When the dust settles it will be important to have the cash to invest for the next move.
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- DJIA future (e-mini available) – Highly recommended
- S&P-500 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- Russell 2000 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- NASDAQ 100 future (e-mini available) very highly recommended
- US$/Euro futures (e-mini available) – very highly recommended
- GS (Goldman Sachs) – good two way volume –
- AAPL (Apple Computer) – very highly recommended
- GOOG (Google) – very highly recommended
- LNKD (LinkedIn) – solid intraday range
- NFLX (Netflix) – solid intraday range
- TSLA (Tesla Motors) – highly recommended
- 30-yr Treasury Bond future – did not get quiet – opposite took place
- 10-yr Treasury Note future
- TLT (Treasury Bond Long ETF)
- TBT (Treasury Bond Short ETF)
- Gold (futures and ETF – GLD)
- Silver (futures and ETF – SLV)