The Daily Fix: Gold traders playbook
Here, we look at market measures of the sentiment in the macro backdrop, which has improved somewhat but remains fluid.
I look at correlation analysis, looking at the 20-day rolling correlation and 12-month regression analysis to build a framework to understand what is really driving gold. I have focused on the technical set-up (see below), risk reversals (options skew), positioning and other key variables we should consider.
For those in search of the true drivers of gold it can be incredibly difficult to pinpoint what they are, and whether this is USDJPY, USDCNH, the US bond markets, or higher volatility. Identifying the prominent driver can actually be advantageous and help us with our edge. Of course, for those scalping or trading purely off-price action then knowing that the bond market is the main driver perhaps doesn’t appeal as much. But having an understanding of the expected moves and the implied volatility can offer increased confidence in the algorithm.
As we see the correlation matrix I look at various inputs and assess the rolling correlation and 12-month R^2 correlation coefficient – with regards to the former, any reading below -0.75 or above +0.75 interests me and is significant.
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