Last week's market action: prologue or dénouement?
In light of that crazy action, you are told to "Use limit orders!" Please recall my post, Market Volatility, Liquidity, and You, in which I point out the primary difference between order types:
● Market orders assure an execution, but not a price
● Limit orders assure a price, but not an execution
● And neither type of order protects your portfolio from the shenanigans floor specialists can, will, and do play, especially during "fast market" conditions, such as occurred on Thursday and Friday. (Please re-read that post for more understanding re this topic.)
A brief recap below of my market scenario and what actually occurred:
● US$ rises powerfully (if ephemerally, in a world of fiat currencies), in a flight to safety. Correct, to date.
● Interest rates rise in the US, possibly globally. Initially correct, but subsequently incorrect. (A global flight to safety bid US Treasury prices higher, yields lower.)
● Commodity prices pressured by a rising US$. Correct.
● Share prices of commodity producers under pressure. Correct.
● A ferocious, even "hellacious" price decline in equity markets. Correct, in its initial phase.
Investors anticipate events, not react to them. As such, you likely want to know what I think will occur next, so I hope to see you on Investment Poetry, where this post continues, with specific recommendations and follow-on discussion.
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist