The market environment isn't exactly a forgiving one, either. The macro trends that dominated financial market pricing over the last couple of months seem to have been put in abeyance by the Fed's recent actions; while Macro Man presumes that this is a temporary phenomenon, there's no telling how long it may persist. Recent price action in EUR/USD provides a useful guide to the volume of noise in current market pricing; since Macro Man's first day in the office a week ago, the rate has executed a rather messy round trip between 1.5725 and 1.5350.
Today's rally was prompted by a higher than expected ifo figure in Germany, which contrasted sharply with yesterday's abysmal US consumer confidence figure. It gathered steam after M. Trichet delivered some rather hawkish comments, suggesting that monetary relief for Europe remains unforthcoming. However, both he and President Sarkozy expressed concern at the level of the euro. Excusez-moi, monsieur, but don't you realize that your vigilance is helping to propel the euro to Everest-like heights? Such is the Scylla and Charybdis of modern central banking (unless you're Ben Bernanke, in which case you don't give a fig for inflation or the level of your currency.)
Swervin' Mervyn seems caught in the same vise; after noting that inflation is likely to rise further, he suggested that the Bank is sensitive to the level of the pound (and that the size of Britain's C/A deficit suggests that sterlign really ought to be quite a bit lower.) Given that the Bank has previously opined that a weaker £ could further stoke inflationary pressures, it's not clear that Merv is prepared to deliver the rate cuts that would give the pound the caning that it so richly deserves.
Regardless, prices have now moved enough that Macro Man is wondering if the correction has run its course and that normal (dollar and equities lower) service is fixin' to be resumed. A number of charts look rather messy and inconclusive, but one that's rather tidy is platinum; it has traced out a textbook 3 wave decline and is now breaking back up through the downtrend line (creating overlap in the process.)