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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 2:18 PM ×

3 Cb buying to 1 position squaring.

Is this wheel rigged?

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Reddy
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February 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM ×

absolutely brilliant

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Macro Man
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February 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM ×

@ Anon...I think it might be. I had another design all ready to go, but some Cb's bought it and changed it...

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 2:34 PM ×

"@ Anon...I think it might be. I had another design all ready to go, but some Cb's bought it and changed it..."

LOL!

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM ×

Fantastic contraption, suggest MM uses it more often - he might even manage to generate some profits...

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Polemic
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February 4, 2016 at 2:47 PM ×


Whoa!! Disruptive technology alert
This is the Uber of FX sales.

There will be Luddite riots.

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TBC
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February 4, 2016 at 2:53 PM ×

Anyone with thoughts on the CNH/CNY action... Bizarrely it does seem that previous CB buying has been done at Chinese late PM... Seems odd tho. Like a 24hr currency desk at the BoC

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 2:55 PM ×

MM - do you perhaps have a complementary wheel for timing? I land on Central Bank Buying but could use a tip on when to buy!

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Macro Man
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February 4, 2016 at 2:58 PM ×

@TBC...there I have no trouble believing that the PBOC or agents jammed it down into the close. When they fixed USDCNY lower, it just did not respond at all. It's pretty clear that they have been the 6.60 offer in USDCNH for the last couple of weeks...I guess with the fixing and upcoming new year, they wanted to make a bit more of a splash. No doubt they will be happy to see foreign devil specs choke on short carry over the holidays.

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TBC
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February 4, 2016 at 3:02 PM ×

Yes. The CNH-CNY spread has proved a fantastic contrarian indicator of US speculative fervour!

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 3:06 PM ×

MM 2:58 " the PBOC or agents jammed it down into the close" - Less of the ZH propaganda please... maybe you've been spinning your wheels too much.

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Bruce in Tennessee
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February 4, 2016 at 3:07 PM ×

http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-3/what-can-labor-productivity-tell-us-about-the-us-economy.htm

....(Forget the article, take a look at Chart 2)

http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar

Productivity and Costs

"Lack of output, at only a plus 0.1 percent rate, is the weak baseline in this report. The rise in hours worked, at a sharp 3.3 percent rate, is the highest since fourth-quarter 2014 while, in a plus for profits but less for the inflation outlook, the rise in compensation is the lowest result since second-quarter 2014.

Year-on-year data are more favorable with productivity at plus 0.3 percent, still very weak, and labor costs at a less severe plus 2.8 percent."

...Well, just looking over this, and trying to ignore the ZH-iness of this report, I think there is a partial explanation for the underwhelming nature of our economy in the last couple of years. Productivity at only a .3% yearly increase is not going to do anything good for the private sector. The BLS statistics show that we have found a bad spot in the universe of productive employment. I hadn't really thought about this much, although I have read papers that say that the US "miracle" was really due to better productivity in the US over the rest of the world from 1900 on...if that is the case this, hmmm, productivity recession should worry everybody...

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Cheesehedge
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February 4, 2016 at 3:13 PM ×

Thanks MM, I never have to talk to the dealer desks again!

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algomoron
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February 4, 2016 at 3:21 PM ×

It keeps saying what I'm thinking! How did you do that?

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Macro Man
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February 4, 2016 at 3:28 PM ×

@ Anon 3.02...well we know they do sell, given the mahoosive drawdown in FX reserves. We know they use agent banks. We know they occasionally jam things down. Maybe this was natural stop outs, I dunno, but the explanation if more credible than blaming/crediting CBs for every 5 point move in Spooz.

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rp
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February 4, 2016 at 3:30 PM ×

Bloody top me I bought a bacon avocado roll today amd guiseppe charged me 2.10, last week it was only 1.80. Clearly those sneaky cb boys have drawn a line in the sand at the psychological 2.00 level in an ill thought attempt to defend guiseppe's bottom line.
one rule for some eh!

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM ×

Any reason why the participants/authors of this blog have lowered their respective IQ's to that of imbeciles recently? Honestly this place is starting to sound like a children's playground.

ps Don't bother asking me to stop reading, I already have.

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Macro Man
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February 4, 2016 at 3:40 PM ×

If you don't appreciate the work that I put into a number of this week's posts, then you won't be missed. I'd prefer the commentariat to debate proper macro rather than conspiracies, but if people insist on the latter I am going to have a little fun with it.

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Cheesehedge
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February 4, 2016 at 3:54 PM ×

Some categories missing from the wheel:
"Corporates hedging"
"Pension rebalancing"
"Option expiry"
"Defending barriers"
"Central banks selling" (Hey it could happen in theory)
"Lack of sponsorship"
"Asset shortage"
"China"
"Oil"
"Fed"
"BOJ"

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Macro Man
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February 4, 2016 at 3:56 PM ×

@cheese. I had to delete some of those to make room for "central banks buying". Also, the CBs selling is in there...look for the smallest entry...

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Cheesehedge
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February 4, 2016 at 3:58 PM ×

Ad of course I forgot
"Buyers' strike"
"Cash on the sidelines"
"Risk parity" and
"Ukraine"

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 3:59 PM ×

Speaking from the sales side...here is my amended version

http://tinyurl.com/hdfshqy

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Cheesehedge
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February 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM ×

@MM, sorry, I now see "CB selling" is the jackpot sliver on the wheel. However, I'm so amused by this exercise I can't stop with the suggestions, also would nominate:

"Dealer exotics books"
"PRDC books blowing up"
"Quants/ HFT"
"Fat finger"
"Algos / Skynet"

I promise I'm done now.

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM ×

Can we have the CB/ZH trolls back please? Even they were more readable than this recent crap...

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Macro Man
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February 4, 2016 at 4:34 PM ×

C'mon mate, this is obviously a joke post. Serious discussion is on the earlier one.

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JB
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February 4, 2016 at 4:37 PM ×

Anon 4.15 ........ I find heading to the gym is a good release after a tough day wrestling with mr market.

MM...... The wheel is excellent!

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 4:40 PM ×

Imbeciles? Very Shkreli like. And at about the same time.
Conspiracy?

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 4:47 PM ×

@Anon 3:34 You've obviously never set foot in a futures arcade!! (lucky you)

MM - This is some of your best stuff yet.

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FM
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February 4, 2016 at 5:08 PM ×

C'mon please do this properly:

https://brorlandi.github.io/StarWarsIntroCreator/#!/K9gq6COszfBHre8u_kQ

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 6:55 PM ×

Everyone sees that head and shoulders on front month crude right? Is that a thing or am i going crazy?

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February 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM ×

hahahaa brilliant, made my day mate!

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 8:22 PM ×

@Anon 6:55PM

Yep - looks like a Joe Hart to me.

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Leftback
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February 4, 2016 at 9:07 PM ×

Cracker, MM. That was really special. They actually use this technology over at Bloomberg in the special office where the interns have to come up with the headline for why the market went up/down/meandered aimlessly that day.

Now we have played Wheel of Fortune we are all ready for another round of BLS Bingo. Eyes down....

LB is leading off with a +190k this month. No punting for us until this is in the rear view mirror.

Macro wise the USDJPY 116 area seems like the line in the sand at the moment. If that goes, it will be ugly.

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 9:31 PM ×

Reports today that the Federal Reserve intervened in markets to weaken the USD. With corporates and banks worldwide having $9.8tn in USD debt, a rising USD and global borrowing costs have caused significant pressures globally, and negatively impacted US corps. Further, the PBoC were struggling in Jan to to defend the yuan against capital flight. If the PBoC were to let the Yuan slide there would be dramatic knock-on effects worldwide. After a dovish ECB meeting and NIRP from the BOJ, the Fed decided to act. Dudley was quoted previously as saying that "any further rise in the dollar could have 'significant consequences'”. FX markets reacted yesterday with the largest fall in the USD in seven years.

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Anonymous
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February 4, 2016 at 10:41 PM ×

The long term price target of Oil will be $20/bbl: $10 for the crude and $10 for Obama's tax. Prepare accordingly.

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Bob dobalina
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February 5, 2016 at 12:58 AM ×

"Gamma hedging"-- the favorite of every too-clever-by-half cash equities salesman in New York.

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Leftback
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February 5, 2016 at 3:24 AM ×

Asian markets steady as we head into the latest round of BLS NFP bingo.

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Nico G
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February 5, 2016 at 6:51 AM ×

"Asian markets steady"

"latest round of BLS NFP bingo"

lmao

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