Charting the Markets with IG TV: Zak Mir after Boris Johnson prorogues Parliament

Just the man for the moment. Rather than throw his hands up and shout things like ‘unprecedented, uncharted and unfair’ as so many in the media do when confronted by the unusual, veteran Zak Mir of ZaksTradersCafe chose to cover British-related markets on this important day as we move towards Brexit.

Kicking the ball into play, he starts off with a daily chart of the FTSE 100 index noting that trying to link charts and political news ‘’might drive you mad’’. As a good technical analyst he sticks to the chart and the indicators he likes: RSI and MACD crossover – which interestingly he thinks is a leading indicator. He’s obviously got a contrarian bent reminding us to ‘’be greedy when others are fearful’’. He also explains clearly what are bull and bear traps, and how this index is prone to them.

He uses RSI in a non-conventional way, staying long while it has a reading of 50 or above, short when below 50. Warning that we must use this as just ‘’one piece of the jigsaw, not an idiot camera’’  he turns to cable, where he suggests anything below $1.2000 is likely to be a bear trap – bar some cataclysmic news – because ‘’markets love going against the grain’’.

Finally euro/sterling, where interestingly he uses the 100 and 200-day simple moving averages for golden and death crosses. Unconventional to the end.

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About Nicole Elliott

Nicole Elliott

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Social Psychology) Nicole Elliott has worked in banks in the City of London for the last 30 years. Whether in sales, trading or forecasting technical analysis has always been the bedrock of her thinking. Key expertise lies within all areas of treasury: foreign exchange, money markets, fixed income and commodities.

She has also added to the body of knowledge of the industry writing the first western book on Ichimoku Cloud Charts. Strong media links and a cult following are due to her prescient calls on the markets and often entertaining format.

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