Results W5: one of those weeks...
Missed direction & poor precision, limited losses
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Last week’s performance was the exact opposite of the one before: missing direction and marginally falling outside our confidence intervals
Friday’s rally is what killed all of our positions, reaching a limited loss for the week
This week there are two labor market reports (Wed and Fri), and Fed Chairman Powell is testifying before Congress on Tue & Wed
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Last week’s performance
It was one of those weeks. Going smoothly on Wednesday and Thursday, and then something flipped on Friday (started on Thursday afternoon actually), leaving us wrong on both of our major predictions.
There was no fundamental catalyst for the mini-rally on Friday, no change in narrative or any new data that led the SPX to break its upper resistance (the two green lines, representing a short-term up trend from October lows) on that last day of the week.
There was, perhaps, (in hindsight as always) an implication of SPX failing to break through its major support twice last week (the red line, represents a year-long downtrend, from January 2022 - it used to be major resistance throughout 2022, and turned into major support ever since January 2023). It broke through on Thursday, enabling us to increase the stop-losses on the put positions, but it didn’t hold.
As you know, we don’t trade based on technical indicators, but it was reassuring to see that our condors were expected to stay within their major support and resistance levels (we would have profited if SPX stayed between 3920 and 4010), especially in a week which had no big news or events. They didn’t, they broke through on Friday, twice, and never came back. We had to endure a loss.
The markets ended up just outside those 2% confidence intervals last week, for most of our major indicators:
Even the VIX, which was projected to remain neutral, finished lower. Only the 10YT, once again, delivered excellent performance.
This week we have the labor market data coming out: private payroll growth and new job openings on Wednesday, followed by the official jobs report on Friday (expectation is about 200,000 new jobs added in February, a slowdown from January’s 517,000 new jobs). Also, Powell testifies before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday. This testimony typically doesn’t move markets nearly as much as his other speeches, but let’s see what happens.
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