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#1 double-agent

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:08 AM

i have been posting my erratic musings on selected threads and forums for a while now and thought it would be a good time to collate them somewhere where i can look back in a few years and see how wrong i was!

here is a recent post copied from 24k: Is the current PM bull run nearly over?

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You'll excuse me for starting a new thread rather than 'tagging' this onto either the Silver or $USD thread; however, I would like to generate discussion on a cross-section of topics, with the intention of recognising that we are approaching a 'junction' in this recent PM bull run, that could end quite soon and not be repeated for a while......

$USD. The DIX is rapidly approaching what looks to be significant support (see here & here). Now whilst, I think there will be obvious support here in the short-term, I am torn between whether this will prove major support. I would tentatively side with NW's analysis. I say 'tentatively' because, there are conflicting elements that support a substantial bounce in the $USD.

Silver. I recently watched Mike Maloney say that he had not become 'attached' to silver and would sell when the time is right. Well, I chuckled to myself because I would find it hard to envisage ever selling all of my silver stash! biggrin.gif Point being, I have to acknowledge the 'emotional' influences on my judgement versus a clinical scientific approach :roll: . To this end, I think the current silver bull-run is just about done. Pix. Recently posted a chart on gei which shows a silver target of approx. $30, this opinion is shared by James Turk. However, I do not see this myself :think: , basically, through my own TA, I think that the trend of the overhead resistance was altered significantly during the 08 crash. Similarly, I have looked at key horizontal support/resistance lines in silver and these point to a top of just under $26 v.soon.

Who is 'right' on the finer detail of where the current silver bull will top is not that important to me - if it goes to $30 in this run I will be v. happy!. However, my quandary is that whereas I can see how the obvious support in the $USD may be breached, my own analysis points to a current silver top coinciding with a $USD low.

QE. PMN posted a very good article recently which is hard to ignore. To quote form the article:

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The U.S. Federal Reserve, which is in charge of the world’s reserve currency has gone completely and totally insane. Every time the stock market is down 2 points some maniac academic with a printing press delivers a speech about how much money they are going to print, basically daring anyone to short or sell the market. No one is smart enough to know how much QE is priced into the market, is it $500B? $1 trillion? $3 trillion? No one knows, but what we all do know is that the Fed through its non-stop yapping has now set up the ultimate moral hazard in financial markets. It doesn’t matter if all of the economic data miraculously comes in extraordinarily bullish over the next three weeks. The markets have put the Fed into the biggest box they have ever been in. They must do QE2 at this point and they probably have to do it big. The problem is, with the equity market up at the levels it is I don’t think ANY amount of QE2 will cause a rally. In fact, this might be the biggest “sell the news” event in the history of the stock market. If you are smart you will take appropriate actions while you can and sell to someone with less of a clue (believe me there are plenty out there).


PS. pix, i have added my own interpretation how the 'old' OH resistance can be met with the new resistance here (assuming it does hit the 'old' OH resistance)


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Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:20 AM

If you're not sure of silver, why don't you swap into gold? Less risk, and you will still pick up gains in bullion prices.

I still have a core 10% in silver, next to 50% in gold [much of which used to be in silver]. But any more buying of silver will be only to trade its volatility. I got my recent speculative trade in dollar/ silver wrong when I sold round $18, but this doesn't concern me much given my core bullion investment.

This trading of silver's volatility is to increase dollars not silver ounces. A missed opportunity for sure... but more will come along. The main thing is not to lose dollars. I see this dollar/ silver trade as a hedge suitable to my own requirements.

I'm now looking for a pullback in silver to buy and then sell on another spike.
Modern money "shorts" the currency, and is backed by debt. The debt is real. A debt deflation will lead to a prolonged period of deleveraging, where the short-covering of currencies will strengthen currencies relative to asset prices. At the global level, in the FX market, central currencies will benefit from deleveraging at the expense of peripheral currencies. Due to instability and uncertainty, gold will benefit against all currencies as it continues to be re-monetized.

Hold on to your hats for hyper-deflation, where cash is king, and gold the King of cash.
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:30 AM

QUOTE (romans holiday @ Oct 15 2010, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you're not sure of silver, why don't you swap into gold? Less risk, and you will still pick up gains in bullion prices.

I still have a core 10% in silver, next to 50% in gold [much of which used to be in silver]. But any more buying of silver will be only to trade its volatility. I got my recent speculative trade in silver wrong when I sold round $18, but this doesn't concern me much given my core bullion investment.

I'm now looking for a pullback in silver to buy and then sell on another spike. I see this dollar/ silver trade as a hedge suitable to my own requirements.


Hello RH

I am reluctant to sell any substantial physical silver holdings; i have been selling a lot of small periphary silver holdings (scrap sterling, pre-47 bundles, odds and ends) which would not amount to more than 5% of my total physical position.

tbh, i am reluctant to sell any more physical as i do not have the confidence (in the greater economy) to risk this - bear in mind i am about 75:25 silver to gold, hence, i don't have a greater proportion in physical gold like yourself.

i am contemplating perhaps 'freezing' some of the current price on my physical position by taking a smallish short position (SSIL etc.)

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE (double-agent @ Oct 15 2010, 10:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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PS. pix, i have added my own interpretation how the 'old' OH resistance can be met with the new resistance here (assuming it does hit the 'old' OH resistance)


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:20 PM

i posted this on 24k a few days ago - that bottom trend line is the crucial tell-tale for me





i should have focused on the monthly ag rather than weekly - here's why




doesn't look good for sterling short-term, but it's tight



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Posted 07 December 2010 - 04:03 PM

re-drawn ag linear multi-year peak trend resistance line and acknowledge it's not log (as pointed out by pix - see 2nd graph) - added possible support lines 1,2&3 assuming ag does not break through resistance








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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:09 PM

in for a penny, in for a pound



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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:20 PM

QUOTE (double-agent @ Dec 7 2010, 04:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
re-drawn ag linear multi-year peak trend resistance line and acknowledge it's not log (as pointed out by pix - see 2nd graph) - added possible support lines 1,2&3 assuming ag does not break through resistance



three steps to cheap silver by eddie cochran-agent:

Now there are Three Steps To cheaper silver
Just look and you will plainly see
And as life travels on
And things do go wrong
Just follow steps one, two and three

Step one - you keep an eye on the first support and keep your stops tight
Step two - if it fails, just buy in again and believe you're right
Step three - you better make sure its physical you're buying if this baby comes into play
Yeah! that sure seems like cheap silver to me!


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Posted 10 February 2011 - 01:48 PM

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in for a penny, in for a pound



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Posted 30 March 2011 - 04:23 PM

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:51 PM

That's quite an interesting chart, I'm always interested in different ways of looking at price action. Is it yours?

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 06:45 PM

That's quite an interesting chart, I'm always interested in different ways of looking at price action. Is it yours?


yes - i was trying to fit some sort of basic trend to the logarithmic scale and whilst playing about with different trend lines noticed the 'mirror image' effect with an overhead resistance line added for good measure. I have twisted the chart around to exaggerate the pattern. Interestingly, when i fitted the mid line that cuts through the symmetry it intersects the date line around the same place (time) as the natural conclusion of the pattern (there or there abouts).

I suspect other people have probably seen this pattern before me, but i can honestly say this was a genuine first time for me. I wonder now what conclusion (if any) can be drawn from it, suffice to say that it may signify that a change in the bull pattern will begin to occur next year?

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:27 AM

CIGA asked: “DA it would be very helpful to me if you could explain fundamentally why this pattern may play out?” in response to a chart posted by myself on cg's - GBP: 'imminent downleg and how to profit from it' thread.

The following chart is a long term look at GBP/USD vs. EUR/USD (or presumably Deutschmark /usd pre 1999). As can be seen, the relationship between sterling & the Euro vs. the usd was broadly similar; discrepancies such as the period between 1992-98 were followed by similarities again (e.g. 1999-2007). Then in 2008, the Euro gained strength against the pound, which was amplified in the period following the 3rd quarter crash. As of today this wide disparity still exists which is interesting when you consider that many commodities have risen back to (or exceeded) their pre-2008 crash prices.


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The following chart is a long term look at Euro vs. usd: As can be seen, an argument can be made for a 'fair-value' band between (approx.) 1.10 – 1.45. In 2008 (before the 3rd Quarter 2008 crash), Euro strength broke through this band to new highs of 1.60 (approx.). Since then it has moved down in waves (wedge formation shown) and interestingly has fallen below an upward trendline support.

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Therefore, before looking at the shorter term chart I am already of opinion that the £ is fair value against the $USD and marginally undervalued against the Euro. The following chart is a variation of the one I posted on cg's thread:

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As stated previously, given the fact that I am of the opinion that Sterling is undervalued against the Euro, I am looking slow the cyclic pattern continuing (since 2009) of the pound slowly strengthening over time.

Fundamentally speaking, we are comparing variations of Fiat money here and hence when we compare their 'cost' against Gold and (even better) Silver, we see an entirely different picture of paper money weakness throughout (post 2002). Similarly, why from a fundamental viewpoint is the Euro so much better than Sterling? Given the troubles of the PIIGS (we still have not seen Ireland default yet) and the spectacle of the Spanish crisis unfolding, unless we see a two-tier Euro (Club-Med & Eire vs. the Nordic contingent) or something similar, I don't see why that particular brand of fiat is any better (or worse) than Sterling.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 05:24 PM

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 07:55 AM

so is silver putting in an intermediate top?

looking at the log scale graphs, it is still too early to tell of course but assuming silver is putting in an intermediate top how will this look on the monthly charts?

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at present, i am drawn to make comparissons with the 2006 intermediate top where the volatility was massive

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so having made the assumption that silver is putting in an intermediate top, where are the next levels of support?

on a very short time scale (daily) this would be my best guess

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whereas, looking further out, this weekly tried and tested support could come into play in the months ahead

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however, the bottom line here is to expect volatilty and hence use caution if trading - the swings in the 2006 interm top took place over a 5 week period and within a 30% price range!!!!!!

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:50 AM

a quick look again at 2006:

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:51 AM

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 01:41 PM

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well, if are you wrong once you might as well keep the losing streak going right?

yep - i guess like a gambler who has already lost on the first race, i might as well keep going with this one until my luck changes!

but, there is more to it than that - i just cannot see sterling going to parity with the euro anytime soon (though, I respect that if it happens, it pretty much doesn't matter whether i can see it or not)

the problem i have with the parity (and beyond) call is twofold: fundamentals and history

fundamentals - the dollar decline and euro strength is masking a lot of the fundamental problems with the euro. the irish 'sweep it under the carpet' approach will only work for so long before we have Greece Mk. 2. Thereafter, we have italy and the biggie spain waiting in the wings. Take a look at these 10year bond yields and ask yourself are the problems fixed?


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Now, this isn't a $usd is great thread, usd, sterling, euro etc. all have their problems and the true nature of these problems (currency debasement) is only shown when plotted against the king of currencies, gold.

so, is sterling any better or worse than the euro, neither in my opinion and hence do not see any reason for greater widening going forward.

history - sterling and the euro usually move in a similar fashion against the usd. however, this is not always the case; such as the period between 93 & 97 (deutschmark) and now since 2008. Now, (and this is the kicker for me) - the damage to sterling has already been done in 2008, the gap will (eventually) get smaller. Similarly, the big damage previously occurred in 1993 and finally closed up in 1997:


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What of the recent euro breakout vs. sterling? well, i think i have learnt my lesson charting currencies, short-termism is far too dangerous to chart and TA will either work or not. Let's take a closer look at two instances of euro breakout against sterling (a & B):


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in both instances, the breakouts occurred as resistance was broken, yet what caused the massive drop down in 1997? = fundamentals. The 'idea' of a one size fits all currency rather than the stronger deutschmark became reality (transition period). Fundamentals will 'out' again, as the problems of the euro cannot be ignored anymore. This is my best guess at what's going to happen and it's important to compare and contrast with the previous chart*


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*but i reserve the right to be 'wrong' (again!)

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:33 PM

nat.gas being pulled down by everything else - gotta say i'm tempted

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