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February 28, 2022

Volatility Reports 2/28/22

Vice-President Kamala Harris said in her meetings with European leaders, this is “a defining moment” for the future of the world.

The impact of the collapse of the Russian economy is being used as an excuse for the bear market around the world. Rather as Vice President Harris puts it well as a defining moment. How will western-style democracies and western values hold up? In the study of BIG HISTORY, the academics see the current period as a threshold, time will tell.

With that said, my best advice to advisors, investors, and managers is not to be swayed by headlines. The media only sees them as excuses for what the market is doing and it will not be until the end of the trend that the truth is understood.

In the short MartketMap Issue#7a I said that “After the mini panic low 3/23/2020, there was an ADV/DEC ratio buy signal along with an Upvol/DownVol ratio surge buy signal with the long bar days.

However, from the low on 2/24/22, which many of my competitors called a panic there was no such buy signal. Rather the high/low diffusion index on both major markets continued to show distribution. Our featured chart shows the indicator here still holding above 1.00 telling investors there are more new lows than new highs. this indicator is not the only “bearish” indicator in play now, Contrary thinker does not work such tools in a vacuum.

The charts also give clues on a number of issues. The SPY chart shows how old support is not resistance, high lighted in blue; and that price level is coincidental with the Gann 1×1 trend line cross-over. From a trend following point of view, the SPY has broken below the smoothed Bollinger Bands and continues to trade below it, suggesting the trend is down.

From an EWT point of view, each leg of decline is only a first wave, setting up a one-two series, which is almost always the lead up to a waterfall high ROC trend. In this case a downtrend. Last Friday’s rally appears to be a one-day wonder into new resistance, high lighted in blue.

Just as bearish is the NASDAQ comp with a clear five wave structure leading to a wave [1] end on 2/24/28, right in line with MarketMaps COT calendar.

In MarketMap™ 2022- Issue 7a I explained why Friday’s rally was typically a one day wonder:

“One of the elements of a bull market, especially in the early stages, there are one-day long bar declines, shakeouts that at most suggest a 10% correction. they happen 99% of the time within a few days of a high pivot.”  I went on to say that,

“The inverse is true of a bear market, that near a low pivot – especially one that is being called a panic when there is no evidence of a panic – a one-day wonder is a natural occurrence to shake out the weak hands and keep the Perma bulls compliant.

Contrary Thinker’s expectations are the same. Both time and price suggest that without a bell ringing panic extreme, there is more decline.  I stated that “A minor recovery is expected into March 3-6. From that COT high the decline remains on track for a low in mid to late summer and panic in May is possible.”

Any recovery early this week will be used to add back closed-out mega-profits from late last week plus new bearish ideas.

The decline from here should last two trading weeks with the second week prone to long bar declines, something that exceeds 4%, which has not been seen yet.

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February 25, 2022

Volatility Reports 2/25/22

Headlines after the close Thursday “7 of the 11 sectors closed higher. Tech led, gaining 3.42%. Consumer Staples lagged, dropping 1.72%.”

The full-time providers of market information are all in unison after the recovery Thursday. A few point out how sentiment is one-sidedly bearish, which is bullish from a contrarin point of view. but all of them assuming they are professionals as they post this content full time, are bullish.

  1. Russell 2000 digging in at the AVWAP from COVID lows for the 2nd time this year. Along with momo divergence, finally getting some signs of a bottom $IWM
  2. Neutral Sentiment Plunges as Bears Move Back Above 50%
  3. The big difference between today’s reversal and the reversal on the 24th can be summed up in one word… PANIC!  We saw it today, but not on the 24th.
  4. S&P 500 Information Technology 1D  Bullish divergence is displaying at support.
  5. Investors Intelligence Bulls minus Bears is now at 1.2%, nearing those extreme pessimistic levels where we’ve seen bottoms in stocks since the mid-90s, with the exception of 2008.

Also, one thing that has become such a glaring insult to a trained market analyst, strategies and trader is the spitballing that is chronically posted, and to what end is unclear. But #3 above, there was no panic yesterday, not even a mini-panic.

What the good ones know is it’s the consensus of the purported professionals on how one builds a contrarian case.

Also, the bulls are in retreat. Here is a chart posted with the head lines “RSP holding the line.”  The RSP is Invesco’s weighted S&P ETF. But what is clear is how the index broke support, and now he has had to retreat to the next “bar chart” horizontal line. The keyword is the bulls are in “retreat.”

The brief MarketMap™ -2022 Issue#7a sent to members before the open suggested the lower gap open into our COT time window could lead to a reversal on Thursday or Friday.

Yesterday on the opening weakness 1/2 of the bearish option positions took profits and a number of the ETFs some had better than 25% profits and a few laggards were disposed of off.(see Trade Markets App.)

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February 24, 2022

MarketMap™ 2022- Issue 7a

The study of history plays an important role in all aspects of life including investing and trading.

Contrary Thinker’s publications are not about cheap talk. Our publications are about providing a research product from hours of work to your benefit, for a fee, full stop. No one wants to benefit from outside world events as negative as the pandemic was or Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. However, I do not believe in coincidences and have witnessed over my career the market (form) preceding outside world events (content), to be meaningful.

Clients following MarketMap™-2020 Issue#1, received an “off risk” advisory to raise cash and engage hedge systems.

Two years later, in all of the issues of MarketMap™ -2022, Contrary Thinker has made clear the risk of a major bear – when price and time analysis gave a clear “risk-off” signal mid-May 2022. Our advisory pointed out it was the train not seen that will kill you, and over the long term, the risk remains little noticed or thought of and it is a political one here in the USA. The events offshore are only a catalyst.

MarketMap™ -2022 Issue#2 is important to you, your investments, and your client’s investment. That publication pointed out a series of historical parallels

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