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Erik Swarts

Erik Swarts

Contributor since: 04 Apr 2011


Erik is an active trader, who has always taken a broad perspective when approaching the markets.

  • Dollar Holler

    Published 11 September 2011 | viewed 0 times

    "I am sitting inside the truck, watching a screen. The truck reels the tool back up out of the hole, slowly - more slowly than…

  • Welcome To The Rodeo

    Published 31 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Anyone that swims in the market knows that there is always a danger in bringing too much dogma to the table. Anyone that trades with…

  • Door #3

    Published 30 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    At times it may appear as if I randomly piecemeal aspects of historical trading environments together - a piece of 98' here, a dash of…

  • The Eye Of The Storm

    Published 29 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As hurricane Irene tests our mettle in the northeast this weekend, the markets set their sites on the historically challenging month of September. Will Irene…

  • Open Window

    Published 16 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    I continue to believe that silver is a broken market searching for significantly lower prices. From my perspective, the window for the next leg lower…

  • The Usual Suspects

    Published 09 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Is it the height of naiveté for me to continue to believe that if the Fed stepped away from additional rounds of quantitative easing here,…

  • Panic Mode

    Published 09 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Considering the view of the carnage - it's just a matter of semantics for the pundits to debate the historic qualities of the Crash of…

  • Uncertainty

    Published 07 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Markets can lose their equilibrium from a variety of factors. One of my first notes in March attempted to describe that dynamic in a series…

  • 1998 Redux - Update

    Published 05 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Monday evenings note (see Here) concerning the similarities in market conditions with 1998 is replicating along very similar lines - both in seasonality, price and…

  • 1998 Redux

    Published 01 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Determining your risk footprint as an active market participant is as much an art form as a science these days. Cross currents can develop or…

  • Debtageddon

    Published 28 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Just like in the cinematic masterpiece that is Armageddon, the rocket (Congress) is about to land on the approaching asteroid (US debt) and blow it…

  • Home On The Range

    Published 28 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Markets that remain rangebound can be quite frustrating when the time period of the range gets long in the tooth and erratic in its structure.…

  • The Achilles Heel

    Published 26 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    One of the great paradoxes of the post millennium financial construct is the higher the equity markets extend themselves, the greater their vulnerability to monetary…

  • Chartcap

    Published 23 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Here is the chart recap from my notes this week. Sunday As the market pulled into another week in earning season, all eyes were on…

  • Rip Currents

    Published 20 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Larger Image You may panic. You could drown. Or you can ride them out through the breakers. Appropriate for the season - the rip currents…

  • War Is Hell

    Published 19 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It only took two months for the memories to fade. Or perhaps it was just too painful to confront. Trauma works in mysterious ways, especially…

  • A Trapped Tape

    Published 12 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    A funny thing happened on the way to a higher high... The bulls got trapped - again. Larger Image Maybe it will be as fleeting…

  • Road To Perdition or Gentrification?

    Published 11 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    A funny thing happened on the way to a lower low... Europe momentarily suspended reality, dreamed of austerity, embraced calamity and believed in unity. Then…

  • 'Running' Of The Bulls

    Published 08 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The moment I re-read the paragraph - subsequent to publishing, I knew it was misplaced. "You will regret the ambiguity and nonchalance", I thought to…

  • A Rising Tide...

    Published 06 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    A rising tide lifts all boats - is certainly the aphorism of choice looking at the series of correlation studies from the market-data aficionado David…