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June 20, 2020 | Trading Desk Notes June 20, 2020

Senior Vice President and Derivatives Portfolio Manager. Victor began trading financial markets over 45 years ago and has held a number of senior executive positions during his career as a commodity and stockbroker. Over the years he has provided considerable market analysis via radio and television and at financial conferences. His primary brokerage business is providing corporate accounts with risk management services using exchange traded derivatives. He actively trades currencies, interest rates, precious metals, stock indices and commodities for his own accounts.

Markets currently seem to be highly correlated into a simple “risk on / risk off” dichotomy…with the emini S+P futures leading the way while other markets follow. If the spuz is bid then WTI catches a bid while the USD and bonds are offered…and vice versa. The tricky thing with trading off inter-market correlations is that the if/then relationship often ends suddenly and the secondary market reverts to trading on its own specific issues.




Inter-market relationships sometimes provide clues as to “why” a market is moving. For instance, when I interviewed Jimmy Rogers many years ago he asked me, “How can you trade wheat in Chicago if you don’t know what’s happening to iron ore in China?”

The CAD has had a strong positive correlation with the S+P this year. I think the rising American stock market the past few months has pulled CAD much higher than Canada specific fundamentals warrant. I’m shorting CAD in part because I think the spuz rally may be overdone but also because if the CAD/spuz correlation weakens and FX traders re-focus on Canada specific issues then those issues will weigh on CAD.


I could make a similar case for shorting WTI.


Gold has chopped back and forth within a $100 trading range for the past 3 months while gold ETF ownership has soared to All Time Highs. Gold has rallied ~$400 in the past year and has certainly benefited from the trend to low/negative real interest rates and the “idea” that massive stimulus will ultimately create inflation.



Final thoughts: I’ve thought that the “risk on” rally from the March lows was a bear market rally driven by irrational exuberance over the massive stimulus, short covering, TINA and FOMO. The rally persisted far longer than I thought…and the higher it went the more aggressively I thought the first break would be bought. Last week I wrote about the “Island Reversals” and how they might signal a top.  So far the bounce back from this week’s lows has been strongest in the “big name” stocks while the broader market bounce has been so-so.

One of my favorite chart patterns is the “M” top with a lower second shoulder. The market closing weak today (below the Tuesday – Thursday lows) ahead of the weekend adds to negative market psychology.


My son Drew Zimmerman and I use the futures market to trade currencies, metals, interest rates, stock indices, energy and other commodities. Please give us a call or send us an email if you’d like to know more about trading futures.

Victor Adair

SVP and Derivatives Portfolio Manager

PI Financial Corp


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June 20th, 2020

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