Macro Extremes (week ending October 22, 2021)

The following assets (on a weekly timeframe) registered an Overbought reading or traded more than 2.5 standard deviations above its rolling mean.

Extremes “above” the Mean (at least 2.5 standard deviations)

Australian 2 and 10 bond yeilds

Canadian 10 year bond yields

U.S. 10’s



NZD/USD (the Kiwi is powering higher)

KBW U.S. Banking Index

DJ Transports Index

And Bitcoin

Overbought (RSI > 70)

U.K. 10 year government bond yields (Gilts)

South Korean 10’s

Bloomberg and CRB commodity indices

Hot Rolled Coil Steel (for the 56th consecutive week)

the JKM “Japan/Korea (LNG) Marker”

Natural Gas


Brent & WTI Crude Oil

Australian coal

Coal, Rotterdam delivery

Dutch TTG Natural Gas

Russia’s MOEX equity index

Amsterdam’s AEX equity index

and India’s Sensex & NIFTY 50 equity indices

The Overbought Quinella – Both Overbought and Traded at > 2.5 standard deviations above the weekly mean)

Australian 5 year government bond yields

German 5 year bond yields

U.S. 2 year and 5 year govn’t bond yields 

New Zealand 10 year bond yields 

Turkish 10’s


Heating Oil

Oslo OBX 25 equity index

USD/JPY (suggesting a strong USD and weak Yen)

It’s the weakest since early 2019, so sell USD and Buy JPY and use it to buy cheap Japanese equities.

USD/TRY (obviously we expect a weak Turkish Lira)

Assets (securities) which touched the other side of the extreme, being Oversold (where the RSI is < 30) or were at least 2.5 standard deviations below its mean are;

Extremes “below” the Mean (at least 2.5 standard deviations)

Brazil’s BOVESPA equity index

USD/CNH – suggesting a strong Chinese Yuan

EUR/AUD – telling us the Euro is weaker and we have a strong Australian Dollar, so sell your AUD and Buy EUR (there are some bargains amongst European equities) 

Oversold (RSI < 30)

Iron Ore

The Oversold Quinella – Both Overbought and Traded at > 2.5 standard deviations above the weekly mean.


Notes & Ideas:

A more muted week of price movements registering+/- of 2% than previous editions.

We mainly saw decliners in energy and base metals while advancers were seen in agricultural commodities and selected equity indices. 

Remember how unloved the Chinese equity market was only a month ago?

Other highlights were the continued decline in the Baltic Dry Index and LNG prices along with a smashing of Brazil’s BOVESPA equity index.

Rising government bond yields also continue to rise and seem stretched at this moment and the AUD/USD traded up to 0.7510 as mentioned in last week’s post.

The larger advancers over the past week comprised of; 

Orange Juice 4%, Silver 4.7%, Corn 2.3%, Wheat 3%, Uranium 4%, KBW Banking Index 4.1%, Dow Jones Transports Index 3.8%, HSCEI 4.3%, Hang Seng Index 3.1%, Copenhagen equity index 3.6% (both Maersk and Vestas rose 9%) and BIST Istanbul 3.7% (in light of a 2% central bank rate cut)

The group of decliners included Aluminium (8.3%), Lean Hogs (6.3%), Gasoil (2%), Baltic Dry Index (9.1%), Copper (4.9%), LKM LNG (2.9%), Coffee (2%)_, LNG (6.7%), Natural Gas (2.4%), Sugar (3.6%), China Coal (5%), Rotterdam Coal (3.7%)m, Dutch TTF Gas (6.7%), BOVESPA (7.3%).

Please refer to last weeks edition for key levels which I continue to watch.

October 24, 2021

by Rob Zdravevski  

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