Back in Mid-December (2018), I had a theory, a strong one, and I wanted to get my clients’ attention so my article title – uncharacteristically – was total click-bait: Why Do I See A Flash Crash Coming?

It was a market timing call for a correction/drawdown/flashcrash … FOR IDES OF MARCH 2019, even though it was only December 12th at the time of my writing. You may think I misread the December 10% correction for March. Nope, I called that too. And the “rip your face off rally” that followed.

Here’s what I wrote – again December 12, 2018:

This is the NYSE Composite Index – on a Weekly timeframe. Look carefully at the red circles – both top panel red circles which indicate a 50/100 EMA crossover and bottom panel which indicates a MACD rollover below the zero line. Oh, except for that one EXTREMELY OVERBOUGHT spike in early January which is what I used to call the January Swoon ;-).

Point of this exercise is to have you focus in on the yellow dotted lines that follow the red circles in the MACD box. Do you see how the 50/100 EMA crossover occurs with a severe market drawdown or waterfall? And how the MACD rollover below 0 foretells the danger? ALL THREE TIMES?!  What about the 4th?

Ah, that hasn’t happened yet….But the patterns leading into 2000, 2008 and 2015 strongly suggest a 4th significant market drawdown event is forming.

Here is the chart I presented 12/12/18:

How’d I do?

The market exactly hit Red Bullet #4 dotted-white-line on that fateful Christmas Eve Massacre. And we crashed down into $10,724 white-box-arrow on the NYSE composite.

So then what did I predict after predicting we would drop – and before we even dropped? That we would have a “potentially violent” bounce.

CHECK! Just so happens we have bounced 19.9% in two months. I would call that violent!

Where did I predict we would bounce – after crashing to my Red Bullet #4 that is?

then bounce back into a 50/100W crossover 

Did I give a level of price target for NYSE?

I wouldn’t be surprised if we bounce back into the 12,400 area which is 10/21 Mo EMA crossover

And Here We Are

So Now What?

Let’s go back to the above soundbite all written December 12, 2018 and finish the sentence:

I am projecting we pull down into that trendline support below the 100W EMA (white box and arrow) then bounce back into a 50/100W crossover BEFORE POTENTIALLY AND VIOLENTLY CRASHING LOWER IN Q1 OF THE NEW YEAR.

Possible Crash Timing?

Remember the Ides of March: Bank Reserve Ratio Reports, FOMC Meeting, Trade Tariff Deadlines, Trump, Fed, China, BREXIT … point is, I will be watching the Macro, Fundamental, Intermarket and Technical background very closely to see how a trigger can justify my market timing call for a “Flash Crash” in Q1. just like I saw, alerted and traded with you in January and again in October of this year!!

Three months after this client post, we are approaching March 15th and I expect the Ides of March to be eventful. Clients of LaDucTrading will receive my market-timing calls with both my macro narrative and technical levels to trade against.

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