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As countries around the world roll out their vaccine plans, we can see different industries and different countries recovering at different rates.

However, only a small percentage (about 5%) of the global population is vaccinated, so it might take a while before we start to see the results of the vaccines kick in to reduce new Covid cases.

If you look at the graph of new cases, it is still on the rise.

Given such a scenario, how does this affect the financial markets, and what are some of the investment opportunities we can look at?

 

Stock Market Surge

On 31 March 2021, I shared this important snippet in the public Telegram channel, because I felt that S&P 500 was going to have a breakout.

 

“Following up on the S&P 500, it is still within the range, but now the odds are much higher that it will continue going higher.

If I had to guess, I would estimate 70% bullish and 30% bearish.

This means it’s a good low-risk opportunity to add long positions, with a SL just below the recent swing low (around 3840).

Shared this with my students a few days ago, will tonight be the night the S&P 500 makes a new high?”

 

That very night, stocks broke to a new high, and has been steadily heading up for the past 1-2 weeks.

 

“Following up on our last post, the market is surging up as predicted. Congrats to those who followed! 💰😎🔥

 

As of Friday last night (9 April 2021), the S&P 500 has hit our first price target of 4125, giving us close to 4% gain so far.

 

 

We have taken half profits, and there might be small pullback where we can add positions before gunning for the next price target.

 

Not Much Upside for Oil Markets

On 27 March 2021, I shared a chart on the long-term outlook of the Crude Oil market, and I felt that that most of the post-Covid recovery has been priced into oil, and since it won’t be going up much, I suggested taking a long-term short position on it.

“Looking at the long-term chart of Crude Oil, we saw it bottom around April last year, before recovering all the way to previous highs in a 2-legged move.

Something interesting to note is that the 2 legs of the 2-legged move are exactly the same length.

Now that it has reached the pre-Covid highs, I do not see much more upside for Crude Oil.”

 

“Following up on Crude Oil, it has started turning down as predicted. Possible short entry for the next leg down.”

Since then, prices have started to turn down a little, and I will continue to hold my short positions for another possible leg of price movement downwards.

 

Will USD Become Bullish?

On 27 March 2021, I noticed that the USD was picking up strength, which was surprising, considering how much money the US has been printing.

My guess is that currently, the US is recovering faster from Covid as compared to many of the less developed countries.

 

“Looking at the US Dollar Index (DXY), it seems like after a multi-year downtrend, the USD is picking up strength.

It has broke the long-term bearish trendline, formed a small double bottom, and is now challenging the 200-EMA.”

 

Looking at the larger chart of the US Dollar Index (DXY), you can see that price has formed a double bottom, however the size of this pattern is not that convincing since it is comparatively small.

Price is now fighting in the middle of the EMAs, and we will need to see if it can emerge victorious and stay above all the EMAs.

 

Relative Strength of Forex Pairs

Let’s take a look at the other currencies and their relative strength.

This shows the current ranking of different currencies, from strongest to weakest.

 

“Stocks continue to surge as predicted, and because the JPY is weakening, all pairs of /JPY are very bullish too.”

This shows the trends of the different currency pairs, stocks indices, commodities and bonds.

From these 2 tables, we can see that JPY & GPY are bearish, while USD & CHF are bullish.

 

Crypto: Bitcoin & Ethereum

Cryptocurrencies are really heating up right now, and I’ll be focusing on the 2 major ones – Bitcoin (BTC/USD) and Ethereum (ETH/USD).

 

Looking at the chart of Bitcoin (BTC/USD), it is still staying nicely within the uptrend channel, with a nice ascending triangle building up for more bullish pressure.

It is very likely that it will break new highs this weekend.

 

Looking at the chart of Ethereum (ETH/USD), it is possibly even more bullish than Bitcoin, after a breakout of a ascending triangle, a pullback to test the breakout, which also formed a bull flag.

That is already a confluence of 3 bullish factors.

Needless to say, I will be holding on to this as well.

 

Market Summary

In this post, I have covered many markets, and the key things to note are:

  • Bullishness of the stock market
  • Long-term bearishness of Crude Oil
  • Potential bullish reversal of the USD
  • Bearishness of JPY & GPY
  • Bullishness of USD & CHF
  • Bullishness of cryptocurrencies

Now that I have shared my views on the various markets, what do you think is the best investment at this point of time?

Let me know in the comments below!

If you have been keeping up with the news, you will know that oil futures (May) have hit negative territory for the first time in history, and that has spooked the stock market as well.

Going forward, will this be the catalyst that causes another leg down in the stock market, or will we see the lockdowns ending soon, and the economy returning to normal?

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Did You Catch This Epic Oil Crash?

If you are wondering why oil prices managed to go negative, the reason is quite simple:

Oil costs money to store.

Due to the economic collapse, oil isn’t being used much.

So all the storage facilities are filled up. So nobody who can store it will buy it from you.

If you want to get rid of oil, you have to pay someone.

When oil was trading at $20, we were already short with a target of $10.

To be honest, I did not really think it could go that low, and was prepared to take profits along the way.

But sometimes if you get the direction right, you might get lucky and enjoy a windfall profit.

 

It is worth noting that only the May contract dropped drastically, while the June and July contracts remained much higher.

This means that traders are expecting some economic recovery (and an increase in demand?) in the coming weeks or months.

 

Something interesting to note is the divergence between stocks and oil, shared by one of community members.

How Will This Affect the Stock Market?

Comparing across different asset classes, we can see that crude oil and the 10-year treasury are bearish, while the long-term treasury bonds and Gold are bullish.

The S&P 500 is somewhat sideways, and has not decided which way it would follow.

 

Most fund managers seem to think that the recovery will be U-shaped, meaning we can expected a prolonged sideways movement in the stock market while the real economy takes its time to recover.

The second most popular option is the W-shape recovery, meaning they expect another leg down to test the prior lows. This one has my vote as well.

And lastly only 15% think a V-shape recovery is likely.

 

Based on what I posted last week, there are 2 potential areas which I feel offer a high probability short trade, and if prices manage to clear the 3000 level, then I will rethink the W-shape hypothesis.

Updates Regarding the Covid Situation

 

Although the number of cases seem to have peaked in most major economies, and the US might want to relax its lockdown and resume the economy, there is a high risk of a second wave of infections, which might actually drive the second leg down of the stock market.

Also, the number of cases in developing countries seem unusually low, which is likely a case of not doing much tests. Hence there is a real risk that we might see an explosion of cases once the testing scales up.

Now that things have started to stabilise, many countries are starting to point fingers at China for their slow disclosure of the virus, thus allowing it to spread globally and wrecking havoc worldwide.

This could lead to more global tension and conflicts going forward.

As you can see, there are always many exciting trading opportunities in the markets, and I think that another big move is coming really soon, so now would be a really great time if you plan to start learning about trading & investing.

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