Saturday, September 6, 2008

Carry Trade Panic Selling?

Did anyone notice the panic selling out there?

All kinds of carry trades unwound several hundred points in a very short period of time. Speculation in the Forex news rags suggests that losses due to the falling stock exchanges forced people to unwind their carry trades to cover their margins.

In any case, after days of regimented downward movement, the sudden fallout represented a panic moment -- for someone. In the short term, at the very least, this should represent opportunity. I've stuck my toe in.

I certainly don't know if it represents a bottom, but if everyone that wanted out got out, then it won't have much pressure to fall further.

Personally, I'm looking at the Yen based carry trades. Things like the EURJPY, GBPJPY, and the AUDJPY. While the US may eventually recover and raise interest rates, I don't see the Japanese being able to raise interest rates while their currency is appreciating.

How in the world would they compete internationally, exporting products, if they drove their prices up now when everyone else looks to be faltering already?

Have I mentioned lately how important it is to have money on the sidelines so that you can take a poke at raging opportunities? Whether or not you are a fan of his, Jim Cramer also is a proponent of not being fully invested -- which he states is a common joe public trader type of mistake.

Big opportunities offer big profits, but only if the opportunity didn't break you as it was developing.

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