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Forex: Risk Sparks for S&P 500 and Yen Crosses, But is Fear Contagious?

Forex: Risk Sparks for S&P 500 and Yen Crosses, But is Fear Contagious?

2014-01-14 02:31:00
John Kicklighter, Chief Strategist
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Talking Points:

• The S&P 500 suffered its biggest drop in two months, while many yen crosses marked technical breaks

• Turns in dominant themes - even complacency - requires a greater level of conviction

• Our risk assessment should span markets and warp the role of benchmarks - like the dollar and Treasuries

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US stocks suffered their worst trading day in months and USDJPY led the more risk-sensitive yen crosses to bearish technical breaks. The pressure to abandon risky positions is building. But have we hit the tipping point where fear can break the cycle of complacency and trigger a mild sense of panic? In today's Trading Video, we look at the measures of risk to keep track of; the trading approach during this transitional phase; and setups that don't require the long-awaited risk theme to explode.

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