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Words Matter in the Financial World and Noise is Dangerous

As the financial markets trade in a nervous fashion the amount of ‘noise’ that traders must deal with has increased.

Markets Remain Jittery and Day Traders Pay the Price

The financial markets remain in a nervous state, and this is seen every day via the results from the major equity indices which continue to traverse within the framework of a threatening and potential bear market. Many new traders have not dealt with serious downturns in the financial markets before. Because human instinct is almost always positive, many speculators who participate in the markets tend to be buyers.

However in the past handful of months, many day traders who have been buyers have certainly found a difficult trading environment. Whether they are trying to pursue long positions in equity indices or cryptocurrencies, the speculative landscape has likely cost day traders money and produced trading accounts are negative, or worse simply have been closed.

U.S Federal Reserve Not Making Things Easy

The broad financial markets are likely to remain nervous in the coming months. The U.S Federal Reserve has a major interest rate announcement which will be delivered in the middle of June, and another rate hike of 0.50% is expected. What has the financial world nervous is not the anticipated interest rate hike which has already been digested into the marketplace, but what the Fed will say regarding their outlook regarding additional rate hikes in the summer. The reason why this is unclear is because the economic landscape remains cloudy and hotly debated.

The Federal Reserve has not helped investors because they have largely misread the economic landscape and caused problems because of past statements. Last year the Fed insisted inflation was transitory, meaning that it would soon diminish, this obviously did not happen. Now the best the Fed can do is to hope that inflation becomes less strong and that disinflation occurs. Meaning the U.S central bank is simply hoping it can decrease the rate of inflation.

Words matter in this trading landscape for investors because the Federal Reserve’s policy has not exactly been met with popular fanfare. Many market participants feel that the Fed has pursued bad economic policy and that they have reacted slowly to data which was abundantly clear regarding supply problems, and the rising cost of production due to climbs in energy prices.

The Biden Administration and Energy Costs

While some in the Biden administration try to point the finger at the Ukrainian war with Russia as the culprit. Most people are not that naïve. Energy prices were on the rise before the war and it can be seen that the bullish trend in the price of crude oil has existed since the Biden administration took power.

President Biden during his recent trip to Japan spoke about inflation caused by rising energy prices that were in ‘transition’. He made it clear that rising energy prices in the U.S are happening because the U.S is following a green environment policy and that the shift in regulatory mandates is driving the costs of energy higher. This combined with the Federal Reserve’s frequent talk about inflation and its desire to raise interest rates has made for a dangerous combination.

Noise will remain at a High Volume

Inflation may come down in the coming months. Demand for certain commodities may erode to some extent. However the cost of energy is probably going to remain high throughout the summer. The additional shadow of mid-term elections in the U.S and the potential for a shift in power in the U.S Congress are going to affect nervous sentiment among financial institutions in the coming months leading right up to November.

Traders need to prepare for noise which will come from pundits as they express their opinions. Speculators who are day traders also have to take into consideration that their short term goals are in direct opposition to that of long term financial institutions. The difference in trading outlooks and monetary capabilities make this a difficult environment for day traders in the current market conditions.

Following short term trends for day traders based on behavioral sentiment is viable. Technical charts can be used to gather short term evidence, but this will not stop the constant threat of reversals and spikes in price velocity from suddenly gathering power and creating momentary bedlam.

Eliminating the noise generating from pundits who can walk away from their statements without any consequences is a must. Unfortunately the comments coming from the Federal Reserve and White House are often hard to ignore and cause reactions in the marketplace; because their words matter even if they sometimes seem to forget what they have said in the past.


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