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February 21, 2019

Low Volatility ETFs in the Headlines for Contrary Thinking

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February 16, 2019

Direction Neutral Risk Assessment

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February 15, 2019

“Ninety Nine Cents Won’t get you into NYC, it will take a full Dollar”

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January 20, 2019

Market Outlook: Long-Term Trend Following Models Are Turning Bearish

Volatility Report January 21, 2019

From the many analysts and capital manager reports, I read they almost all sight the well-publicized concerns but only a few are bearish. Not a good sign from a Contrary Thinker point of view. From the many I found one who at least toned down his bullish enthusiasm as seen in his summary: “Some popular long-term macro models are turning bearish on stocks for the first time since 2008-2009. Throughout 2019, other macro models will slowly turn long term bearish as well. The probability of a pullback/retest is still high. As the stock market rallies higher and approaches its 50%”

However, Volatility Report dated September 24, 2018, explained things this way, “The problem with the bulls waiting for a clear reason to sell is the vast majority point of view. Add to that fact that the majority of systems and strategies all have sell signals within the same price range when the signals hit it will be a rush to the exits.”

That is what the market witnessed from late September right into Xmas. The only thing that is slow, is the unfolding of a bull market mentality. Bear markets are fast, that is why they are preferable for aggressive trading and hedge funds. Plus systems are already engaged and when this low volatility advance has run its course and the first S-T volatility expansion hits, the bear market will be back off and running.

As a market analyst, I stick with the facts, the high probability ones opposed to wild ass speculation.  Like the following statement is 100% ungrounded, “Dow Theory signal confirms that the short-term trend is up for stocks. Several converging factors increase the likelihood of another short squeeze.”

Well, from a one world point of view, the new highs by the Dow and Nasdaq in September were not confirmed by the world index – net the USA. They have not recovered back to their highs of 2007. Regarding the Dow Theory is how the novice TA and social media bloggers do not know the rules of Dow Theory and that the December lows by both the Industrial and the Transportant indices confirmed the downtrend, with the Transports hitting prices not seen since November 2016, the beginning of the extended bull market CT expects the market to correct completely.

Regarding the speculation of a short squeeze, there is no sign of panic here, TEM has just reached a Technical Event #3, an event that tells the investor/trader the current trend is laboring, it is old, persistent and ready for a change.

Systems traders, our group, has a library of trading strategies that fit every trading style. All of our algo trading strategies have the risk and opportunity management model – Technical Event Matrix (TEM) – embedded their code. Our member investor/traders can implement a comprehensive system with no second-guessing. They have the governing model for visual control as well. Membership includes ongoing tutorials with open code; non-members locked code only with 45 days of support. Library Link Here

 

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November 27, 2018

How to Time Long Volatility Strategy

How to use the Technical Event Model

Here is an example of waiting for near 100% certainty set up. The overarching measurement for engagement of the long volatility strategy is our Technical Event Model (TEM).

One reason why a many will ignore this idea is they expect to see profits every calendar period for the system, but consistency is not the point here, at least not yet. Instead, can a trader use a filter to tell him when to trade a market strategy and when to trade it aggressively or not to trade it at all?  That is the point; we can work that into monthly and annual profit consistency later.

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November 19, 2018

No Christmas Party for U.S Markets

Technical Event Model – Volatility modeling

Market backdrop provides a springboard for a dynamic trend.  In the new millennium, the Read More

November 6, 2018

The S&P’s November to Remember

What follows is a blurb from the 14-page big issue Volatility Reports that is going out today covering all the various time horizons and where the market is at this eventful period.

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October 23, 2018

Market Timing is Dead

If irony evades you, you are in the majority, heads up.

Contrary Thinkers know,” the market programs the investor to do just the opposite of what he should be doing.” Contrary Thinkers also know that investors are not hard-wired to fail at achieving alpha, like so many others, would like you to believe. Its all a matter of being a Contrarian. Read More

October 17, 2018

One day wonders dominated in 2008 & 1932

Based on the evidence this is what I know

In the wake of the extended bull market since November 6, 2016, and more recently the advance from the April lows it will be hard to resist bullish actions the day after a 500 point rally by the Dow.

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October 9, 2018

Volatility Report October 9, 2018

INTEREST RATES

1. Long-term RSI is at the lowest oversold readings since 2000, such a surge in momentum implies a new bear trend and further downside momentum.

2. Our volatility model has the market in panic selling, but not an extreme yet. The panic index is not over 65 where 70 is normally the signal near the end of panic.

3. Prices have broken below the I-T support zone – see daily chart – the next price level of interest is June low at 131 17/32 just below L-T outside support seen on the monthly chart.

4. There is a COT due in mid to late October.

5. %BB- $SRVIX reflects a volatility breakout support the current trend.
Outlook remains bearish

CRUDE OIL

On a near-term basis, crude has some un-resolved business getting to 79-80. TEM for all three-time horizons are signaling the trend is persistent and old. Until there is a fresh TE to change the trend condition, the trend is higher.
True North is long the Crude futures.

PRECIOUS METALS

Keep in mind the big picture always, “The bull market that began with the 9/11 terror attacks ended in 2011. Volatility Reports expects new Geopolitical events over the next two years, yet gold is not discounting them at this point, and the events remain an “unknown- unknown.”
It may not be so “unknown” today, I did point out in the 10.8.18 update that China and the US may be on a collision course.

1. Along with the moving averages the descending steps of fixed S&R point out the clear downtrend for gold.

2. Systems remain short, and the S-T TEM remains on a TE#2 supporting breakout or trend trading. However, prices are in I-T no man’s land trading inside the I-T fixed S&R zones.

3. If implied volatility – measured by %BB in the right-hand chart can spike to a higher level to reflect a greater amount of perceived risk while prices continue to hold, difference, that would be a bullish signal

4. As stated in last month, there is no clear panic at this time. So the gold market is on hold, not knowing which way the market will break and not much in TEM background to support a big sustainable move.

5. There is a COT date expected in Mid to late October.


US DOLLAR AND FX

A new high by the dollar index – above 101.62 – would confirm a longer-term bull market is in place. A bull market that began in 2011 it has L-T resistance from 102 to 106 1/2.

1. I mentioned last time that: “It falls into line with “hyper-correlation” that volatility will affect all the markets at the same time. So, it is no coincident that our volatility modeling – is in sync across all time frames and supports a dynamic trend from here.” The L-T and the I-T models have stayed on the TE #2 supporting a dynamic trend. S-T has not reached any other extreme as well, while it is close to moving into a persistent old trend mode.

2. The Intermediate-term trend is up, prices remain above long-term averages and the I-T S&R zones – right-hand chart – are stair-stepping higher.

3. True North is long the DX, and HedgX Superfund is long as well, both coming off support zones.

4. The wild card going into October is the expected Geo-political events, in a month notorious for market panics, our bias remains bullish on the USD. Will the dollar or gold or cryptocurrencies or something other is considered a haven.
We remain bullish on the buck.


S&P SECTORS WITH RELATED ETFs

Most of the sectors appear to be modestly bearish with 11 of the 16 position’s short on a long-term basis and evenly split on an I-T basis. We view this as a better indicator then the A/D line, which is now out of gear on some of the major indices.

1. The previous leadership from the high-tech sectors is now in the early states of a mini-panic sell off and no signs of a low, yet. IVG, for example, should test L-T support at 180, at least.

2. I pointed out on LinkedIn the problems the biotech sector had; it is now in a full-fledged decline just now entering panic mode. I do not post much inside info in the public social sphere. However, it is the only marketing I do, so please consider giving my newsletter to a capital manager you know. XBI has already broken I-T support, and a move much below 89 takes out the L-T support. Long Term support is below 60. The March lows around 80 may be the risk this time around.

3. The health care sector (XLV) is persistent here with a little momentum on the upside and no set up for a trend on the downside either. Waiting to suggest a long volatility hedge pending the next signal from TEM for a change in dynamics.

4. The financial media is trying to talk up banks and brokers sector (XLF) group, which had a rally as a result recently. They took advantage of the S-T panic to get a bounce. However, this key sector has failed twice to reassert its bull market since the January peak and has failed. Prices are mid-range without direction and little background technically to use as a springboard either direction. L-T TEM remains on a TE 2, but the I-T and S-T do not support a trend.

FAANG WITH RELATED ETFS AND OPTIONS

1. Apple is the strongest out of the bunch with the others completing top formations. Here are a few examples. The risk is considerable, and TEM provides the context for trending moves here based on all three-time frames.

2. Berkshire is showing good RS here and new highs. It is a place the capital manager seem to trust in the face of a pending decline. Please keep in mind hyper-correlation here. BRK will not avoid the bear market.

NOTE to Capital Managers. Cash or kind sometimes is a good place to be. With that in mind, relative strength analysis works best during bear trends. To see where the next leadership is emerging. As they say, “cream rises to the top.” Volatility reports will keep you posted.

OFFSHORE STOCK AVERAGES WITH RELATED ETFs

Last issue I pointed out that “Excluding the Nikkei and the FTSE, the remainder of the foreign markets are in bear markets are finishing their topping process. Value type investors are talking about buying China, but on a technical basis they are early, there is no sign of a panic low yet.”

Here is a recap of the Volatility Report update Sep 13, 2018
“After the February spill, it was unclear if the Japanese stock averages had put I a clear peak and kicked off a cyclical correction like the Dow and S&P. TMT had deemed the advance from the 2009 low the beginning of a new secular bull market that would rival the big bull run from 1950 into 1989.” And

“The …. – the multi-month horizontal triangle is a pattern that is resolved by a high rate of change trend when prices break out of it. At the time I pointed out that “TEM model on the weekly bar supports a high rate of change trend with Technical Event #2.

The market gave us what we expected, a 2500 point near the vertical run. Now the Nikkei has made it final top and has begone a new bear market.


Over the next 18 months to two years, it targets the bar chart resistance in late 2016. The bear market ETF for the NK is Ultrashort MSCI Japan EWV @ 25.70. CT is long this ETF today target 38-42.

Capital Managers Note: The very long term of the Japanese market is bullish and preceding the timely accumulation of shares the yen looks bullish today. If investment policy allows moving cash into the yen to maintain its buying power for the accumulation of Japanese shares looks favorable. A special report is forthcoming.
More offshore:

The only Bric nation with bullish technicals is Brazil, which will be monitored during the current downturn for positive money flow, good buying

V-Reports on the 24th of September pointed to the Nifty Indian index represented by its oldest ETF, Investco India with its topping pattern. The head and shoulders formation mixed in well with the weakness seen in the remainder of the chart. The call was for risk to 17 – 18 or 25%.”

However, the real-time PIN is in an I-T and S-T mini panic, typical of a low. This does not mean the market is not going lower longer term. The long-term chart’s Volatility modeling supports more monthly range expansion, hence lower prices. The October range thus far has broken out of its historical band, so another 10% is likely. The TEM set up is 4-1-1.

The Hang Seng is about to place catch up with its big brother. The risk is 30% from current levels. After looking at the historical chart from 1963, a cyclical correction is overdue. Context supports a period of range expansion backed up by the dynamic trend. Prices have failed to hold its bar chart breakout as well as its fixed ratio L-T new support zone. Shifting to long Volatility investment vehicles here is suggested.

What is curious is one of the most popular ETFs in Hong Kong a bear ETF. According to Blomberg “ The CSOP Hang Seng Index Daily Inverse Product has attracted some $148 million worth of cash in 2018, the biggest inflows for any fund trading on the city’s exchange.”

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