Trader Who Correctly Called Tuesday’s Crash Lays Out What Happens Next

Thursday, December 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 12/06/2018

Having correctly predicted the “breaking point” trigger for the S&P’s Tuesday plunge – which incidentally coincided with the 200DMA – at which CTAs would collectively puke, Nomura’s head cross-asset quant Charlie McEllgiott, is back with a note slamming his critics (apparently those who failed to be right decided to deflect their lack of added value by criticizing the Nomura strategist), while also mapping out what’s next for the market should the current risk waterfall continue.

First, we go right to McElligott’s well-deserved victory lap, in which he steamrolls his “quant” critics, and writes that he received a number of pass-along notes yesterday from around the Street “which questioned the validity accuracy of our CTA model ‘deleveraging’ call from Tuesday, which again “nailed” the S&P futures level where the market would come under significant notional selling pressure (as well as Russell and Nasdaq “trigger” levels as well).”

What he is saying is simple: Wall Street is perplexed by how he could get it so right, and all the other “experts” did not, and is accusing the Nomura quant of a lucky one-time fluke. Needess to say, McElligott will have none of it, and highlights that as part of the sellside criticism of his take, there were “mis-categorizations/inaccuracies” on a number of fronts which need to be highlighted:

Misinformation as to the notional size of the selling which we estimated vs what was reported
Inaccuracies of the AUM scale of the CTA universe and position sizing / leverage allocation therein
Whether this “trigger” was a “deleveraging” of a long (size reduction of the long which it was) vs outright “shorting”(which was misreported / misinterpreted by some)
Omissions / lack-of-context surrounding macro- and positioning- / performance- catalysts which I’ve been documenting in recent notes that actually “kicked off” the move to said trigger levels
A general lack-of-awareness as to the make-up of the model–i.e. that we incorporate 2w, 1m, 3m, 6m and 12m windows to capture the broad-spectrum of CTA lookback periods across the trend universe
No context as to the incredible accuracy of the model—not just via the success that the tool has had in identifying “market inflections,” but with regards to our CTA replication model’s incredible track-record vs benchmark

The Rest…HERE

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