Scrambling the Jets

Whoa! The macro numbers are bad and the trader will have to change his strategy in a big way.
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Got that wrong! I won't even try to claim that I was early.

These macro numbers are terrible and now we have to scramble the jets. They are terrible because the


will not get off our back, because these numbers are consumer price index-like and because the


names will take a big dive.

We are ready for pain, but angry at ourselves for feeling that we could

game the downside of this number. I wouldn't be surprised if we bottomed out fast, but it sure would have been better to have waited. It will cost us some bucks that we didn't.

I am spending the next 30 minutes getting my head together to try to figure out how bad the damage will be and whether the losses will reflect those of Germany which is now down 2%.

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