Oil is bouncing nicely. God, almighty, take it back above $70.
But for oil and energy names it was too little too late. I am already at my 20% loss limit, getting carved up by those same energy names and down another 5% today. Oil did the trick; you don’t have energy services companies cut 50% in a single, short holiday trading session and not have follow through.
The margin calls are flooding in. If you were out in front of me, there is a very good chance you are already dead. If you’re alongside me, make no mistake I am afraid. It is only through sheer force of will that I haven’t buckled yet, watching a +25% year twist into a -20% year in the span of a quarter. Actually, I am not watching it too closely.
If oil can prove to have bottomed, we will correct sharply higher. I have been through pages upon pages of research reports, and all calls for further downside predicate on price action, whereas all fundamentals predicate on a return to higher pricing. However, if the oil price should be prolonged from recovery, the situation shall become most dire. For now, hedging and reality, I pray, show up in time.
As for those of you on the Twitter, talking about how obvious this move in oil was and how your service just absolutely nailed this move…choke.
I have the list of traders I follow that actually called this collapse, or at least have been on it from September. My name used to be there, but has since been scratched off. The list has dwindled to a small select number. You are probably not on it.
There was nothing easy about this move. Nor was it obvious in any way. It has spun far past rational into erratic. It has destroyed fortunes in the blink of an eye. It is deceptive by its very nature.
I implore you, if you follow such a person, making half-ass lazy references to such a move as this, to “fire” them. They are a dark voice in your mind, that will lead you to ruin. This move was hard; very hard. It was painful and emotionally draining. I may appear calm, but that is an illusion, spun from proof reading everything before I post. In fact, in the moment, I am nervous and weary.
Demeaning this truth with cheap talk is insulting. There is no method on Earth that could have absolutely caught the extent of this decline. People I know with barely a toe in the sector have lost 5%, just because. If you were diversified but enthusiastic, you’re down 10%. And if you were anyone actually invested in the US fracking boom, you lost 20-40%, inside of 3 months.
But if you can talk about that without batting an eye, you aren’t invested at all. And I know it.