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November 23, 2020

Volatility Reports 11/23/2020 Stock Indices

The solar return of Sagittarius is the Season to be, ho ho ho happy.

Sagittarius runs from November 21 to December 22.  As an astrological Sun sign, it reflects the ideal that is captured by being: ” Generous, idealistic, humorous, but can promise more than can be delivered or overcommit, it’s a period that is impatience for results and a season where anything can be said or promoted no matter how undiplomatic (Donald Rumsfeld’s anyone?). It may be a coincidence to many that the holidays fall in this joyful Astro sign, yet I have always seen the curry haired member of the Marx Brothers (not Karl) as being the exemplar of the sign, if not the season.

Arthur “Harpo” Marx, born November 23, 1888, hit the stage at 17 years of age.  He was a comedian, actor, mime artist, musician, of five brothers’ second-oldest. Harpo’s comic style was visual slapstick. If you’ve never watch Saturday Night Live or Chevy Chase slapstick is the use of intentional violence and violence by mishap, often resulting from inept use of props to get a laugh. All of that is fitting for the season, assuming the market is a prop that is typically bullish.

Be that as it may, the majority of nouveau market commentators are “cheerleaders” citing recent factual performance like “the best November in history” or that 90% of all stocks are above their 200-day MA the best in six years!”  All of which tells you how they sell their ideas by chasing the equity curve, the market’s direction is assumed, and nothing about risk/reward, which is the largest fault of the majority of investors, full stop.

Next to the cheerleading here are the working predicates painting a bullish picture by my friendly competitors.

  • In the face of the pandemic’s inhumanity, the market is guilty of winning, but you can’t fight the trend.
  • Even more inhumanity to renters and others who do not get a stimulus package, but the market is always right.
  • Observing price and trend alone, the stock market is undoubtedly in a long-term uptrend.
  • Some continue to believe that the Federal Reserve is ready to act as a safety net if the market takes a turn for the worse (they mean the bearish side).
  • The seasonally best months of the year for the stock market just began on November 1st (and end on April 30th). Everyone knows this but they don’t know how to treat it if it does not have odds attached to it.
  • The transactional types have been bemoaning the lack of good entry points for investing since before the election (see the above cheerleading), but they think they are starting to see some good set-ups, now.
  • The majority doubts the election will be overturned, but it would cause market damage if it were overturned.
  • Massive hospitalizations are breaking the health care system, again the market does not care.

Since the election, I have received a fair number of emails and direct messages regarding politics.  To begin with I am a Reagan Democrat and a Bill Clinton Republican, full stop. I vote for the person, not the party. There is no dogmatic ideology that runs the United States of America, it is an idea and ideas change. I was asked if I thought Trump would overturn the election, the answer is NO but he will make things as bad as he can for the incoming administration and blame any future detriment to the country on Biden and his team.  As I noted elsewhere, I believe that Trump will put on a big show being pulled out of the White House to gain notoriety with his fan base, for the future of the Trump Party.  It goes beyond the damage he is doing to the norms of our Democracy, but the damage he will do to the markets, the economy, and national security.

The bull market from Trump’s election to February 12, 2020, and the seven-month recovery is Trump’s market, he owns it. Further, in his public pronouncements, he clearly stated. “If he (Biden) is elected the stock market will crash” 

Trump is running interference on anything that will help Binden govern, he will not give a booming stock market to the Dems. Lastly, what should be a clear difference between the two parties today is the Democrats play softball and the Trumpblicans play hardball when it comes to power. The only time that tact stopped working for the GOP, was for the party of Hoover in 1932 went over the moon. When a major swing happened to Rosveltian measures or bottom-up economics that the far-right called Socialism, a scare word still used today. The New Deal was carried on by Truman, JFK, and Johnson into the late 1960s, forty years. A regime change of that magnitude is occurring now. will become clearer on December 21 and throughout 2021.

What is curious is how for the last four years, the use of politics in one’s analysis was a social “no-no.” today, with Trump on his way out, how it’s ok to talk about him trying to flip the election without legal grounding or the possibility that he may not leave until they drag him out by the scruff of his neck. All these things that MarketMap-2018 envisioned at the end of 2017 and today unfolded according to Hoyle, and the potential of the FBI escorting him out of the white house is still right up there.

But what no one except several political insiders is talking about and what is now popping up in the general so-called “liberal”  media is how Trump is purposely sabotaging everything he can so that the new Administration does not succeed or at least has more problems to deal with than it can handle from January 21, 2021.

I am sure that not many of us can relate to the bitterness and resentfulness this reflects about Trump, the poor loser plus extras. Everyone hates to lose but the extreme facts are clearly hitting the fan. It’s just not his holding back of the funding via loyalist  Emily Murphy at GSA Administrator that is putting the Biden team layers deep in empty office space. It’s the damage being done to national security, which I have been pointing out since January 2018.

The 9/11 Commission Report pointed out that the lack of a leading transition for the Bush administration after the Florida hanging chad delay of three of four weeks was a contributing factor to the USA being caught off guard, when there were reports coming through NSA, ETC.  Do Biden and his team have any Global national security threats to be concerned about? Yes, too many to count, from the public domain; and it’s common knowledge that all new presidential administrations are tested from abroad in their first year. The exception being the man how would be king, tested only by an act of God, a pandemic.

Moreover, directly Impacting the markets and the economy is Treasury pulling loan facilities for the FRB to provide the safety net if needed. I mentioned in a recent post that the outgoing Trump Treasury will pull its pegs from under the market; and they are many. If you are a licensed professional you may recall this from your series seven, the notion of “pegging.” when a Wall Street firm underwrites an IPO it is allowed to sell short some of the new issues so there is buying support under the market as they release the new shares to the buyers. It’s called pegging, these types of operations exist by various means like the Treasuries loan facility to the Fed. The point is: Trump will not leave the office with his bull market intact for someone else to take credit for. It is only a matter of time from now until January 21. More in MarketMap 2021.

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The two chart windows below are the primary funds used for the so-called “bulletproof” investing. The gentlemen who suggested it is with Fidelity and yes these are Vanguard funds – but they are nearly identical to his. But that does not matter as they are both on short term Tidal Wave Sell signals. The inference is that the “bulletproof” investment portfolio should put on its bulletproof jacket, aka hedge in the face of S-T selling pressure.

Back Stories
Will Donald Trump derail the economy by desperately clinging to power after being defeated by Joe Biden?

“For a man who has just suffered a humiliating defeat, Donald Trump still seems to believe he is holding quite a few aces.

While he has become just one of four US Presidents to be defeated after a single term during the past century, as expected, Mr Trump has pushed the boundaries of the US Constitution and convention into unchartered territory as he desperately clings to power.

It is a threat that has yet to manifest itself on financial markets…”

“…On the weekend, however, a defiant Mr Trump — who has at least 130 of his Secret Service detail in the grip of the virus — had this to say as part of a long and rambling monologue on the sterling performance of his administration, and particularly, its handling of the pandemic.

“Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown,” he said. “I will not go — this administration will not be going to a lockdown.

“Hopefully, the — the — whatever happens in the future — who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell. But I can tell you, this administration will not go to a lockdown. There won’t be a necessity,” he said.

That puts Mr. Trump and his supporters on a direct collision course with the newly elected Mr Biden, a proposition that does not bode well for the immediate future of the world’s biggest economy and even less so for America’s status as the global defender of democracy.”

Back Stories
Mnuchin-Powell Split Shows Rare Discord as Economy Struggles

”  WASHINGTON • The top two United States economic policymakers have parted ways over whether to preserve emergency lending facilities designed to shore up the economy – a rare moment of discord as the nation confronts the risk of a renewed downturn spurred by a surge in coronavirus cases.

The disagreement erupted late on Thursday, touched off when outgoing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin released a letter to Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell calling for the return of funding for several Fed lending programs that rely on the Treasury’s backing.

Minutes later, the central bank issued its own statement urging that “the full suite” of facilities be kept in place.

Investor reaction to the split was swift: Futures on the S&P 500 Index slumped 0.9 percent in early trading yesterday in Asia, with haven demand sending Treasuries higher and pulling down yields.

Treasury chiefs and Fed chairs typically coordinate closely in times of crisis, appearing jointly before Congress and working in lockstep to ensure funding markets run smoothly.

The two agencies were tightly linked in the bailouts of the financial and auto industries more than a decade ago. And they became tied statutorily in the Cares Act economic rescue package in March that appropriated money for the Treasury to support Fed backstops for everything from municipal to corporate finance.

“This is a significant and disturbing breach at a critical time for the economy,” said Mr. Tony Fratto, who worked at the Treasury Department during the George W. Bush administration.

“We need all the arms of the government working together and instead we’re seeing a complete breakdown.”

He noted that Washington remains at an impasse on fiscal stimulus as well.

Underscoring the success of the programs the Fed established, Mr Mnuchin argued that some can be allowed to stop buying new assets at the end of next month. He asked that others be kept in place for an additional 90 days.”

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November 18, 2020

Volatility Reports 11/18/2020 Stock Indices

Lots of bullish bravado in the social sphere

When the markets ran stops on Monday 11/9/ all the Short-Term charts hit an extreme in volatility modeling, a rule#1. This suggests that the market will not make much progress from that point. Rather it will move into a trading range or a pivotal reversal in the other direction.

The pattern for the small caps – the Russell – is 1-1-1, a panic buying extreme on all three-time frames.  Hence

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November 16, 2020

Volatility Reports Bonds 11/16/2020

Bonds Long Term Bearish Trend Picking up Speed

Secular trends don’t turn on a dime, but they started at the end of 2017, the year of the lowest volatility in the market’s history. Since that date, even in the face of the need for increased sector rotation to outright market timing and long volatility investments, the sentiment repeats the same has to be a bullish narrative that began with QE1. But in the next forty years, we will witness a major shift that began in 1980 and is ending now. This does not mean everything is bearish, it means that strategies and timing, and time horizons will need to change.

The trend back to normal will be

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November 10, 2020

Volatility Reports 11/10/2020

The Long Term Readings of the Panic Buying at the Top in August has not been resolved. That peak has produced a wide trading range leaving the bulls rabid and the bears frustrated.

The monthly highs posted from August to date produced a 7 1/2% trading range.  TEM’s rule #1 is accurate 99% of the time producing a change of trend (COT).

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November 7, 2020

Volatility Reports 11/9/2020

Last week’s rally cleared the decks, producing online forecasts of another 50% advance for OTC

Last week’s rally cleared out CT’s hedge ETFs (short) across the board. The S-T cycles made a low around Holloween and the I-T trends crossed over a bullish combination.  For whatever reason the media is spinning, the post-election rally crushed the volatility index, at least in the short term, and holding the higher March/April 2020 levels. But what it did not do is take out the ATH posted on 9/2/20 and the secondary high posted on 10/12/20 held thus keeping the bearish outlook in place, in the face of the bulls reaching for new highs on the weekly bar.

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November 6, 2020

Volatility Brief

Here is a long term buy rule that streamed across my Twitter feed last night.

When the $SPX punches in 4 straight gains of at least 1%, it is a signal of a major low. According to the content provider, this has happened only three (3) prior times since 1938 on 10/11/1982: on 10/14/1974 and 6/1/1970. He says, “All three occurred soon after major stock market LOWS.”

What is missing in this pattern – this rare setup – it has only happened after a bear market, each occurrence is preceding a decline exceeding 28%. Whereas the current low only marked a mild correction, thus far, of 8.5%. It’s just not the percent decline that lacked context for the “risk-on” signal by content providers. Rather the three lows used for this rule generated panic extreme readings on TEM our volatility model, including the panic index. Comparing that to the recent low that did not hit a washout extreme.

Contrary Thinker views the 10/30/20 low as a high-risk low, where we prefer washouts lows that provide low-risk entry. The big difference in these types of low is the panic extremes are clear via the models where the emotional background for the majority of traders is “gut-wrenching” making it difficult for the majority to buy, to go “risk on.” This market is still the bull market in fear; and vulnerable.

The market has an engrained myopic view mixed in with a long term bullish bias, not seeing the forest from the trees.

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November 3, 2020

Volatility Reports Bonds 11/3/2020

Bonds Long Term Bearish

The long term top has finished its period of distribution with a secondary peak at (2) in EWT terms. The I-T tidal forces are pulling prices lower – forcing rates higher – for most of the higher grade bonds.

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October 28, 2020

10/5/20 Major Market’s Recap for LI

How soon they forget Contrary Thinker’s headlines.
Today 9/3/2020, the markets are flashing “DANGER,” and no one is paying attention, NO ONE.
Today 9/10/20, the majority continue to find a rationalization for more bull market.

Yet a full month later, the boogie-man-month of September is done and dusted, hence an all-clear for the bull market. Contrary Thinker sees the next range day lower that exceeds 4% without an intervening new high etching in stone that the market is in a long term bear market.  The Summaries below support that expectation and the Chart Gallery to follow.

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As a general observation of all the primary markets, they all peaked on panic buying in August – based on the TE Model. Such action, as previously observed, is easy to stop and will be flipped at least back to the point where the highly emotional buying began. However, given the age of the uptrends, the flip, the reversal should take prices very much below that point.

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October 26, 2020

10/26/20 Volatility Reports

The bear market is expected to confirm this week via long bar decline days

World Stock Averages both U.S. and European markets experienced a down week. The Asian markets were mixed with the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite making secondary highs, pivoting to make new two-week lows in the same period, a bearish configuration. 

The ATH posted on 9/2/20 and the secondary high posted on 10/12/20 held thus keeping the bearish outlook in place. In the report on the 19th, I pointed to the grey column on the right of the Change of Trend (COT) calendar because it highlighted the time frames when an acceleration of the trend is prone and long bar days become more likely. The expectation is to see 4% lower range days or greater in the Dow/S&P and 6% down range-days or greater in the Nasdaq is probable.

The majority of market content providers in the Tweeterphere for the last three weeks touted an advance to decline surge of some formulation, when in fact there was none, full stop and there was no massive confirmation of new highs by the major averages. Funny, from the peak that Contrary Thinker predicted in late January 2018 the Dow made new highs but the Dow Transports did not, an old fashion Dow Theory sell signals. Today the bulls can’t focus on anything else but – even with it being three years later – the Dow Transports making new highs. The problem is the Dow Industrials have not confirmed, which is another old fashion Dow Theory sell signal.

The price-based background is being dominated by the Long Term panic buying that occurred at the peak in all of the markets from bonds to gold to stocks. After a TE rule #1 – a panic event – is followed by a choppy market. It is a “V” or inverted “V” change of trend (COT) bottom or top 99% of the time ( see Four Rules).  

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October 19, 2020

Volatility Report 10/19/20

As an observer of the markets and the economy, I know there are no absolutes, but every good idea has its time. Back 40 years ago neo-liberal economic theory was right for its time and was accompanied by a rising tide of socio-cultural optimism. Today that era has come to an end and it can now be truly called “voodoo economics” and will be corrected over the next 40 years.
What goes hand and hand with that  Macro change is the market in the time window to revisit and finish correcting the problems and issues left unresolved in the first quarter downturn. Remember the “shortest bear market in history?”

When the market made its low on March 23,

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