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May 21, 2019

Oil prices rise on news that OPEC could extend production cuts

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May 7, 2019

Wall St. analysts believe the retail sector can withstand US-China trade war issues

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March 29, 2019

The Art of War

The best sources of ideas that should be incorporated into everyman’s investment and the trading plan comes and goes like adolescence fades. They ebb and flow along with the long very social-cultural mentality behind the markets.

The Art of War by  Sun Tzu

THE OLDEST MILITARY TREATISE IN THE WORLD and one referenced by Vladimir Putin regarding his annexation of Chiema. When he accomplished his goals without a gun being fired.

The study of military strategy finds identical usage in poker and trading. The lowest risk / highest reward approach in strategies and tactics used in poker and trading is not any different than the general’s approach to war. The best of the best manage their capital as if it was a battle, one that promotes the idea of only funding positions that have a high probability of winning, and once into that position to leverage up maximize profits.


Here is a concept used on the battlefield and made successful by King Frederick II of Prussia. It is called the “oblique order attack.”

The oblique order is a military tactic whereby an attacking army focuses its forces to attack a single enemy flank. However, the general concentrates the majority of his strength on one flank and uses the remainder of his troops to fix the enemy line.

The strength flank would then create an angled or oblique formation, and attack the strongest flank of the enemy with a concentration of force.

Once the critical flank was secure, the commander would wheel the troops 90 degrees to roll up the enemy line -this is what I call getting all your strategy’s ducks – setups – in a row – and the angled formation would continue to advance to crush the opponent.

The echelons not involved in the assault served the important function of holding the rival army in check by remaining defensive and threatening, thus offering protection to the attacking echelons by keeping the enemy force occupied.

It’s how and when investors and traders engage their systems based on risk and reward forecast. The majority don’t get this for many reasons, one is the transactional indoctrination they get from all sources.

So while building systems on robust methods are the preferred approach, the strategies all still have great periods and drawdowns; and these periods can be predicted. It sure reduces activity hence gets little to no attention by the industry.

In my mind, this is one of the best methods of controlling risk and maximizing profits. So in this battle for investment survival, “never interrupt the enemy when he is making a mistake.” Let them continue and sit and wait patiently for you low-risk high reward opportunity.

In poker, you let them rise into your superior hand.  If you are in 100% or max percent cash allowed by policy since the double peaks of 2018 you have lost very little based on the 200 day average prices are only 2.7% above it and you are well positioned to re-enter at prices 30% lower and you are able to use long Volatility systems to add to your returns over the next two years.

more on systems and tactics in the next few blog post.

my best,



March 23, 2019

Volatility Report FX March 15, 2019

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February 28, 2019

Volatility Reports 2.28.19

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February 21, 2019

Low Volatility ETFs in the Headlines for Contrary Thinking

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February 16, 2019

Direction Neutral Risk Assessment

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February 15, 2019

“Ninety Nine Cents Won’t get you into NYC, it will take a full Dollar”

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January 20, 2019

Market Outlook: Long-Term Trend Following Models Are Turning Bearish

Volatility Report January 21, 2019

From the many analysts and capital manager reports, I read they almost all sight the well-publicized concerns but only a few are bearish. Not a good sign from a Contrary Thinker point of view. From the many I found one who at least toned down his bullish enthusiasm as seen in his summary: “Some popular long-term macro models are turning bearish on stocks for the first time since 2008-2009. Throughout 2019, other macro models will slowly turn long term bearish as well. The probability of a pullback/retest is still high. As the stock market rallies higher and approaches its 50%”

However, Volatility Report dated September 24, 2018, explained things this way, “The problem with the bulls waiting for a clear reason to sell is the vast majority point of view. Add to that fact that the majority of systems and strategies all have sell signals within the same price range when the signals hit it will be a rush to the exits.”

That is what the market witnessed from late September right into Xmas. The only thing that is slow, is the unfolding of a bull market mentality. Bear markets are fast, that is why they are preferable for aggressive trading and hedge funds. Plus systems are already engaged and when this low volatility advance has run its course and the first S-T volatility expansion hits, the bear market will be back off and running.

As a market analyst, I stick with the facts, the high probability ones opposed to wild ass speculation.  Like the following statement is 100% ungrounded, “Dow Theory signal confirms that the short-term trend is up for stocks. Several converging factors increase the likelihood of another short squeeze.”

Well, from a one world point of view, the new highs by the Dow and Nasdaq in September were not confirmed by the world index – net the USA. They have not recovered back to their highs of 2007. Regarding the Dow Theory is how the novice TA and social media bloggers do not know the rules of Dow Theory and that the December lows by both the Industrial and the Transportant indices confirmed the downtrend, with the Transports hitting prices not seen since November 2016, the beginning of the extended bull market CT expects the market to correct completely.

Regarding the speculation of a short squeeze, there is no sign of panic here, TEM has just reached a Technical Event #3, an event that tells the investor/trader the current trend is laboring, it is old, persistent and ready for a change.

Systems traders, our group, has a library of trading strategies that fit every trading style. All of our algo trading strategies have the risk and opportunity management model – Technical Event Matrix (TEM) – embedded their code. Our member investor/traders can implement a comprehensive system with no second-guessing. They have the governing model for visual control as well. Membership includes ongoing tutorials with open code; non-members locked code only with 45 days of support. Library Link Here


Great and Many Thanks,

Jack F. Cahn, CMT

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November 27, 2018

How to Time Long Volatility Strategy

How to use the Technical Event Model

Here is an example of waiting for near 100% certainty set up. The overarching measurement for engagement of the long volatility strategy is our Technical Event Model (TEM).

One reason why a many will ignore this idea is they expect to see profits every calendar period for the system, but consistency is not the point here, at least not yet. Instead, can a trader use a filter to tell him when to trade a market strategy and when to trade it aggressively or not to trade it at all?  That is the point; we can work that into monthly and annual profit consistency later.

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