Well we all knew it was coming. Between the NFTs of Pepe the frog genitalia, to $GME and $AMC reaching record highs, and then all the way to the Federal Reserve loosey goosey we all get rich printing money policy that inflated the dollar drastically towards the end of 2021. Despite a new hawkish stance and sabre rattling of sorts about rate hikes, not much has actually been done yet in terms of QE raper or hikes. That is why this violent downside is concerning.
It appears the fuse has been lit on a broader market correction, fueled by macro volatility, rate hike expectations, and higher uncertainty in the short term for a local bottom. Tech is dumping hard. War with Russia is not out of the realm of possibility (Putin didn’t amass his tanks and armor divisions for no reason). Shit is expensive as fuck due to inflation and crypto markets seem to have increased their correlation to tech and equity markets, dumping in tandem hard (Hate to see that). There is not a bid to be found it would appear.
Here is my personal strategy for weathering this chop. Frankly, until the stock market settles down, crypto will experience high volatility. If Putin invades Ukraine tomorrow, we probably limit down overnight and shit proceeds to dump another 20% or more across the board. Point being, right now is anybodies guess as far as what happens next but you can’t fail to recognize several unique macro factors that are working against most long theses in the short to medium term. We are hard pressed for good news. Not financial advice, do your own research.
Once I feel a Tech bottom is in, DAC into $FB, $NVDA, $MSFT, and $AMZN
Intra day and Weekly Put Option trades on $QQQ and $VOO. Learn to safely and responsibly trade options, they are a grade hedge if employed properly
Adding to other high quality long term plays, i.e. $PLTR
Monitoring crypto portfolio, up enough still to not care, could change
$BTC at 35K and $ETH at 2.5K are areas I would take larger risk off
Accumulate a bigger and bigger cash position
Start a side hustle. Seriously, you want more cash available to fuel buying opportunities
Remember Consumer Goods, Real Estate, and Energy traditionally perform well in this environment
Can’t ignore the defense stock opportunity with global tension where it is - I like Raytheon and the PPA ETF.
Number one rule is to preserve capital and survive
This could be some beginning of the year chop and maybe we are able to recover but for now things do not look great, and given the macro environment and aggressive selling, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a broader continuation downward. Dollar Cost Average into good long term plays at a moment in time that you are comfortable with entering. Some great deals now and there may continue to be. I know a lot of people are down bad but remember this is part of the game, you have to weather the storm to get paid with a long term view.
To be very clear I am still very long term bullish on crypto - but you all will note, and I have previously mentioned this, my large thesis component on the medium term price action was to see how Bitcoin reacts in the face of macro pressure and a declining dollar due to inflation. Long term that thesis hasn’t changed, but in the short term it may change. What we are seeing now, a more substantial continued correction, is natural in these markets, they are wildly volatile by nature and there is usually a 50% drawdown in each “bull” cycle for crypto. Could we rally back to $50,000 in 2 days? Yes. Could we also dump to $25,000 or lower and hang out for a year? Yes. If you have conviction focus on getting the best possible entries over time on particularly red days. Also, not to get schizo on you guys, but I am also weary of price action considering the verified presence of large institutional buyers and whales who are not selling but accumulating.
MODERN MARKET INSIGHTS
Bitcoin fell below $40,000 last night and Ethereum fell below $3,000 momentarily, my favorite alt Chainlink is getting absolutely abused. I expect this to continue as long as stocks correct
Netflix shares plummeted nearly 20% in after-hours trading following earnings Thursday, the streaming giant fell short on net new subscribers, subscriber growth slows
It’s a small difference, but investors have been worried about Netflix — already one of the biggest streaming companies out there — being able to find new ways to keep growing. And by Netflix’s own estimates, subscriber growth is going to be low next quarter as well. The company estimated that it would add 2.5 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, down from 4 million during the same period last year (The Verge).
Peloton is halting production of its connected fitness products as consumer demand continues to wane and the company looks to control costs and shift sentiment. Stock down massively today.
Top diplomats from Russia and the United States warned Friday morning that no breakthrough is in sight on current negotiations. I am hearing from buddies in Special Forces and from internet sources that the situation is looking grim for the Ukraine. Russian invasion is seeming imminent.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has received a $3 Million Raise to $34.5 Million total comp for 2021
Gold is starting to awaken a bit during these turbulent times after remaining dormant in the face of inflation narratives last year
Stock options totaling roughly $1.28 trillion are set to expire today potentially driving sharp market movements
"I think there is a rotation going on towards those areas of the market that have been neglected for a long time — not just months, but years. Areas like financials and energy. Even health care, which is an area that had done a bit better during the pandemic, but really isn't seeing any kind of multiples like it did in the past," Jeffrey Kleintop, Charles Schwab chief global investment strategist, told Yahoo Finance Live on Thursday.
“While a handful of rate hikes over the next year or two would represent a shift in Fed policy, we wouldn’t consider policy restrictive and we don’t expect the initial rate increase to derail the economic recovery,” said Scott Wren, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute. (CNBC).
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Everyone stay safe trading out there and remember to try and not trade when you are emotional, unless you absolutely need the money
If you are upset or down about paper losses or unclaimed paper profits you had at the very top, remember, hindsight trading is always 100%. In retrospect it was inevitable that we dump from those absolutely ludicrous valuations and inflated price levels that we hung out at all of last year. Now we see which assets are up to the challenge of weathering the worst inflation we have had in years, potential global conflict, and Federal Reserve action.