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Understanding the ‘I feel threatened’ guy

There isn’t much work for me to do when the NASDAQ is up a record highs so let us analyze something else. ‘I feel threatened’ guy is a video that went viral last Tuesday. It features a man (his name doesn’t matter) at a Costco in Florida, who has a complete breakdown and acts like an upset baby. This guy really cracked me up. If you haven’t seen the video yet, here it is:

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My first instinct was the condemn the man’s behavior, but after analyzing the situation a bit more, and adding a few layers of context, he’s actually quite adorable (if only terribly misguided). I am going to break down exactly what is going on here and why we all should have a bit of empathy for this sad, sad man.

He is losing his hair. Now before you shame me for judging his appearance I’ll admit that my hairline is not what it used to be. When I was a swarthy young lad it was coarse and robust and nearly met my eyebrows. At 35, it has moved higher and my widow’s peak is sharp and quite sinister. I can relate to how upsetting this can be. The world by-and-large favors humans with hairy heads. Doors swing wide open when a nice hair doo approaches. It can be a challenge to accept being dealt inferior hair genetics. It can make people sad and want to cry like a baby. This particular fella even resembles the popular determined baby meme which is a whole other layer of silly appearance. See below:

The angry white man, by and large, is being excommunicated from American pop and business culture. This can feel like a major threat, when nobody wants to engage with you professionally or socially. It can make you feel like you’re cornered. This is an unsettling position to be in. Unfortunately for angry white men, they in fact are running out of options. They can choose to change—read some books, keep a gratitude diary, meditate A LOT, do a few thousand hours of community service, seek professional therapy—or they can double down on their grumpy frumpy ways. They may find some marginalized group of fellow angry men to cavort around with. Maybe they can form a motorcycle club and jack each other off but options for reintegration into modern progressive society are limited. The ‘I feel threatened’ guys of America have much work to do if they are to be accepted.

Grocery stores are stressful and babies get a free pass to scream and wale their way through. Is it fair to empathize with a small baby who is overwhelmed with dread while inside these giant metal sensory overload boxes and not do that same for an upset little man? I’ve seen it a thousand times. A baby is crying like a demon. All the woman give it this look. It’s like the women’s eyes turn into little upside down half moons and well up. They want to nurture the baby and make it to feel better. None of these woman want help RAUL remove the thick blanket of anxiety draped on his person at the shopping store. I am expected to handle my business in an orderly manner and be on my way. We all want to cry sometimes and that should be okay. Grocery stores need to do better. A start might be removing all the dead animals festooned into glass cases along the store perimeters. That suffering vibration is sad and affects us all.

Now I may be just a simple gardener and futures trader, but I regard my park bench psychological analysis and grasp of modern society to be decent. The ‘I feel threatened’ old boy needs help and deserves our empathy. He is pale, balding, he lives in Florida for fucked sake. The sun there is not kind to his skin. Plus that whole state is screwed up. Filled with crazy folks and corona viruses. We have to help him to understand that his type is no longer wanted in modern business or pop culture. We have to let him know we think it sucks too as men to dress ourselves and go shopping. Maybe we show him some of the latest styles from Tom Ford and help him cultivate some style. I mean, this stuff is hard without help. What is a man’s breaking point?

For more on this topic, of what can cause a man to snap and throw a baby-like fit, I suggest watching Jim Carry’s latest teevee show Kidding on Hulu. It is a wonderful deep dive into the psyche of a man pushed to the brink by external influence.

If you or someone you love finds themselves in the precarious position of being an angry white man, this quote from Marcus Aurelius might be the mantra to help apply the brakes. To stop and reassess before returning to action:

Objective judgement, now at this very moment

Unselfish action, now at this very moment

Willing acceptance, now at this very moment, for all external events

That is all you need

 

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SOLD 1/3 of $TSLA

This was one of the hardest decisions of my life. I sold a third of my Tesla position. It is still my largest holding, but now much less ridiculous.

What a run.

Still bullish, but come’on. A boy has to sell once in a while.

Thank you Elon (Praise and Glory to The Leader).

I have no idea what to do with the proceeds. I am going to go pull weeds and think about it.

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Off the high a touch, here is Tuesday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into Tuesday down -40 after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price worked to a new record high overnight before giving up a portion of the gains. As we approach cash open, price is hovering near Monday’s midpoint.

On the economic calendar today we have JOLTS jobs openings at 10am followed by a 3-year note auction at 1pm.\

Yesterday we printed a normal variation up. Monday kicked off with a pro gap up followed by a test drive auction higher. The buying continued clean through the morning, stalling out just before New York lunch. Sellers retraced price back down to the midpoint before responsive buyers (responsive relative to the daily high, initiative relative to the Monday open) defended the mid and worked price higher. We ended the day near session high but did not make a new high during regular trading hours.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap up to 10,600. From here we continue higher, up through overnight high 10,664.50 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 sellers gap-and-go lower, tagging 10,500 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 stronger sellers trade down to 10,045.25 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Nature loses again, don’t be against humans

Last week I wrote a doomsday piece, citing all the ways nature is playing a flexible defense against man. It was an entertainment of sorts, to fit with IndexModel signalling bunker buster into the holiday shortened week. Truthfully, I do not like selling stocks or hedging with a degenerate triple leverage inverse ETF or whatever. I don’t mind short selling index futures for a few minutes or hours, but multi-day bets against the stock market are not my thing.

It doesn’t suit me.

I like people. I am so freaking bullish on the economy it annoys my friends and associates. All the time people are heaping bad news upon my person, pointing to this-or-that current event as justification for their surly disposition. Negativity. Sofa king contagious.

2020 has been my year. I have been preparing for this big round calendar year for many years now….calling for a period of economic prosperity the likes of which no living human has ever seen. It is happening. Semiconductors and automation and firms like Amazon are driving the change.

So what if climate change has us on a high speed train towards earthly extinction? Elon is building us a rocket ship off this lovely blue rock. You feel me? There are too many good people, people like Jack Dorsey, working on projects that will liberate and save man from its own nature. You cannot bet against humans, man.

But the system is the system is the system and by golly, if IndexModel calls for the short I take the heckin’ short. Then I come here, to public forum, and write a doomsday piece.

It’s that simple.

I hope, though I often doubt it when I see what type of “finance” personalities win the internet popularity contests, that even when my trades lose money, that I help you guys sharpen your own trading skills. That’s all I want. By sharing my research publicly, the goal is to keep accountability to my research and help cultivate a community or tribe or whatever of people having a healthy conversation about extracting fiat dollars out of the global equity complex.

I am not here to sell anyone diddly dick—not a chat room, or an alert service or any of that tips for trades bull shit. Fuck all of those busker acts. Information ought to be freely available.

YouTube has saved my ass so many times because someone, somewhere put up a video on how to fix this-or-that. The information was just out there, for free. All I had to do was properly query the Google.

That’s what it is all about. Building cool stuff like the Google to make brief mortal existences a little more chill.

All that said, and with Telsa trading at a cool 1,200 heading into the first full week of July, I am again bullish. So is IndexModel. Trade accordingly and cheers to your week.

Raul Santos, July 5th 2020

Exodus members, there is a note on this week’s strategy session regarding Bunker Buster. This has been a valuable signal, albeit a bit tricky to execute. Be sure to read my latest thoughts on it.

 

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Gap down in range ;-) here is Wednesday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into Wednesday with a slight gap down after an overnight session featuring elevated range and volume. Price was balanced overnight, chopping along the upper quadrant of Tuesday’s range. As we approach cash open, price is hovering in the upper quadrant of Tuesday’s range.

On the economic calendar today we have ISM manufacturing and construction spending at 10am followed by FOMC minutes at 2pm.

Yesterday we printed a trend up. The day began with a slight gap down that buyers quickly resolved with an open drive up. The drive continued all morning, tagging 10,100 before coming into balance for a bit. Then the trend resumed around 2:45pm, working higher into the bell and ending up in last Wednesday’s range.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap  up to 10,132.25. From here we continue higher, up through overnight high 10,157.75. Look for sellers up at 10,200 and two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 2 stronger buyers trade up to 10,227.75 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 sellers press down through overnight low 10,075. Look for buyers down at 10,056.75 and two way trade to ensue.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Open gap in range ;-) here is Tuesday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the final day of the second quarter with a slight gap down after an overnight session featuring elevated range and volume. Price was balanced overnight, balancing up beyond the Monday high for most of Globex before using the 3:30am action to push slightly lower. As we approach cash open, price is hovering in the upper quadrant of Monday’s range.

On the economic calendar today we have consumer confidence at 10am followed by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell giving testimony at 12:30pm.

Yesterday we printed a trend up. The day began with a slight gap down then a test drive lower. Sellers probed down into the conviction buying zone established back on June 16th and discovered buyers who were defended the area. The tape was in buyer control for the majority of the day after that. At 3pm a small blip of selling took price off the highs, but ultimately it set up a strong ramp higher into the close. We closed at session highs.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap up to 9973.50. From here we continue higher, taking out overnight high 10028.25 on our way to tagging 10,100 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 sellers gap-and-go lower, trading down to 9920.50 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 stronger sellers trade down to 9827 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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NASDAQ calm overnight, here is Monday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the holiday shortened week with a slight gap down after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price was balanced overnight. After kicking off Globex trade Sunday evening with a slight gap down, buyers quickly regained their footing and managed to slowly campaign price back into last Friday’s range. Since then we’ve been chopping along the lower quadrant of Friday’s range, marking time. As we approach cash open, price is hovering a few points above last Friday’s low.

On the economic calendar today we have pending home sales at 10am followed by 3- and 6-month T-bill auctions at 11:30am.

Last week began with a gap up that buyers took and ran with, rallying us clean through lunch Tuesday. From then onward sellers took control of the tape, eventually making new weekly lows across the board. We ended on the lows. The last week performance of each major index is shown below:

On Friday the NASDAQ printed a double distribution trend down. The day began with a slight gap down. Buyers were unable to resolve the overnight gap before an open test drive down took hold. Sellers quickly worked price down trough the Thursday low before discovering a responsive bid just below it. Said bid sent price back up to the daily midpoint. Sellers defended the midpoint and we drove lower again. There was one more upward rotation before price ultimately made new daily lows. We ended the week near the lows.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to gap-and-go lower, trading down through overnight low 9781. This sets up a move down to 9724.25 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 stronger sellers trade down through 9700 and sustain trade below it setting up a move down to 9630.25.

Hypo 3 buyers work into the overnight inventory and close the gap up to 9866.75. From here they continue higher, up to 9900 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Nature is playing a flexible defense

The physical body of homo sapiens has disgusted me for a long time. It’s the smell. Humans smell. They’re always shedding skin and hair. Spittle flies out of their mouths and noses when they undulate their throats and tongues to make cackling sounds they call talking. Many of them indiscriminately pollute nature with their litter and noise. All around, humans are nasty and I’ve avoided them for years. It is nice to see everyone else realize these facts now that nature has cast a viral pall over society. Mother nature is fighting back against the pestilent human population here on earth and I am here to root for her.

Nature has the heat on high and humans are growing weak and tired. It is so heckin’ hot out right now I could fry an egg on the mailbox. This type of heat does wonders for reducing the vigor of man. It is also idea conditions for the flesh eating, disease spreading cyclorrhapha. Last week they arrived en masse. These flies do not discriminate based on socioeconomic position or race. They will cause pestilence for all human creed.

Nature sent subtle warnings to those who listen. First came the black bloom, dramatic flowering of the hollyhocks. These blooms have preceded stock market weakness and other trouble two years in a row. They were the signal to go short the market and batten the hatches.

Then of course we have the novel corona virus. COVID-19. Much more efficient than sapiens. Lingering. Waiting for the ideal environment to spread like a wild fire.

Earthquakes. Little ones for now.

Locusts. A swarm of locusts overtook the town of Gurgaon. These types of massive attacks only happen every seventeen years or so.

All these natural facts, along with the less mystical, more cold and dead and objective statistics being generated by IndexModel have me feeling all sorts of bearish heading into “Independence Day”. We live in a real sick society. There are fringe groups of people who would just as quickly stone us into the ground as they would guzzel a bucket of soda pop and smash a flesh burger while driving a gigantic picked up truck.

My job is to stay cool and calm and healthy, then extract as many fiat american dollars as possible from the global financial complex. Said dollars will be converted into real assets as far north, and at as high an altitude as my constitution allows. Real assets like a seed bank, off-the-grid food storage, wells that can be hand pumped or powered by electric. Healthy soil development for growing enough food to survive without depending on the rickety supply chains. Solar panels and electric powered tools/machines that store the energy.

Models are signalling bunker buster into the holiday shortened week. This signal calls for an uptick in volatility, often featuring an acceleration of price to the downside.

Back to work.

Raul Santos, June 28th 2020

Exodus members, I laid out all the facts without all the doomsday guff in this week’s Strategy Session, the 292nd edition. Be sure to know where to find confirmation of the downside, and the key economic events to watch for a turning point.

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Volatility vanishes and summer vibes return, here is Friday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into Friday with a slight gap down after an overnight session featuring elevated range and volume. Price was balanced overnight, balancing along and occasionally exceeding the Thursday high. As we approach cash open, price is hovering in the upper quadrant of Thursday’s range.

On the economic calendar today we have consumer sentiment at 10am.

Yesterday we printed a normal variation up. The day began with a slight gap down. Buyers closed the gap during the opening swing before sellers drove down and took out the Wednesday low. That would be all the control sellers would have for the session though, by 10am sharp responsive buying had stepped in and the auction reversed higher. The rest of the session was chop along the top side of the daily midpoint before a strong ramp into the close saw price up through Wednesday’s midpoint.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work down through overnight low 10033 setting up a tag of 10022 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 stronger sellers trade down and tag 10000 on their way to 9968.50.

Hypo 3 buyers work into overnight inventory and take out overnight high 10120.50 setting up a move to 10131.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps, and measured moves:

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No real selling yet // here is Thursday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into Thursday with a slight gap down after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price was balanced overnight, briefly taking out the Wednesday low before a strong rotation higher sent price firmly back into Wednesday range and balance. The 10,000 level continues to behave like a magnet as investors digest new information. At 8:30am durable goods, gpd, and jobless claims data came out. They were mixed and invoked little in the way of a reaction. As we approach cash open, price is hovering in the lower quadrant of Wednesday’s range.

Also on the economic calendar today we have a 7-year note auction at 1pm.

Yesterday we printed a double distribution trend down. The day began with a gap down in range. Buyers resolved the overnight gap and tagged the Tuesday naked volume point of control during the open auction in range. Shortly after sellers drove lower, trading down through Tuesday low and closing the Monday gap. Selling continued through the morning, then the rest of the session was spent balancing along the lows but never making a new daily low. We ended the day in the lower quadrant of range.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap up to 10,016.50. From here we continue higher, up through overnight high 10,048.50. This sets up a run to 10,100 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 sellers press down through overnight low 9893.75, closing the open gap at 9919.50 along the way. Look for buyers down at 9900 and two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 3 stronger sellers trade down to 9874.50 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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