Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports – COT, TFF and DCOT

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) publish the Commitments of Traders (COT) reports with a breakdown of open interest for futures and options on futures markets. More specific, disaggregated reports (DCOT) came after the GFC in 2008. They are considered very helpful in understanding the positioning of traders in the futures market. Disaggregated Commitment of Traders Reports (DCOT) came about from a recommendation made by a CFTC September 2008 staff study about the influence of swap dealers and index traders … Continue reading “Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports – COT, TFF and DCOT”

Markets Reverse Sharply on Feds Powell Statements, What Does it all Mean?

Thirty minutes in financial markets is a long time. Markets were relieved after the Federal Reserve again raised rates by 75 bp at their November meeting. Then Chairman Powell started talking and it all collapsed. The Nasdaq went from +25.45 at 10856.15 to negative to close -366.05 points at -3.36% at 10464.65. The 10-yr note yield fell to 3.98% but jumped to 4.11% after the close of the cash session. Traders had reacted initially to the tone of possible rate hikes slowing … Continue reading “Markets Reverse Sharply on Feds Powell Statements, What Does it all Mean?”

Heading into the close – SPX technical analysis & option combo market awareness

Live look at SPX technical analysis with KnovaWave – Ichimoku, patterns, Gann, Murrey Math and Elliot Wave. “Horses for courses” conversation re. overly complex / over thought / etc option strategies when quick decision making is in order. Enjoy live commentary from Our Trading Room at youtube as the day wraps up – feel free to like and share Any questions please feel free to ask them below. Trade Smart!

Stocks Crash Revives Memories of 2008, What Next For S&P Futures

Stocks and the S&P 500 Index crashed on Friday in the index’s sixth-worst one-day point drop ever, however given we are coming from 2880 plus in percentage terms it was ‘just’  around 2.50% . To put that in perspective, its a minor bump from a 30% rise. Perhaps. Its all a matter of entry and leverage.