February 21, 2021
Covid will be gone by April others say herd immunity by July. Either way, the news on the pandemic is good.
have begun to accelerate higher with the relaxation that the lid is about to come off the US economy. Add to that “the flying high money growth chasing raw materials and the bonds market sees inflation eating at its real return pushing bonds prices lower.
30-year treasury futures are almost in free fall on Friday with all the good news. From the long bars to the short bars, the Panic index is extreme, including the monthly where TEM is within a few decimals of extreme panic. Panic lows are like water draining from a tub; the closer the water gets to the bottom, the faster the water moves.
Going back to our comment last week regarding a peak in stocks and at least an S-T downtrend, the bonds should counter the trend in their traditional role. Hyper-correlation is not expected here, but always possible.
Tidal wave trends remain down with a COT on the 24th +/- a day.
Yields Soar, Sending 30Y Real Rates Positive Amid Overheating Panic: What Happens Next.
Earlier today, we pointed out that after being frozen for almost a year…
… real yields finally surged, and nowhere was this more visible than 30Y real rates (i.e., TIPS), which just rose above 0%…
… for the first time since June as 10Y real yields are exploding higher as a breakeven slump.
And now that Real Rates have joined Breakevens (which have moved sharply higher on the spike in commodity prices and especially oil) is surging fast, concerns about a real (no pun intended) VaR shock is also rising.
If true, early signs of a reversal will support the bonds and put added weight on the stock market averages. The triple moving average cross has two out of three pointing lower, short term. Plus, the intraday bar has traded out a five-wave decline and a textbook three-wave counter to 38%, the ideal place to place shorts for EWT traders.
Gold a deflation leader
The longer-term cycle – the 13-month cycle had the metal cresting in August 2011 and at a similar place 9 years later in August 2020. Its sub-cycle cycle is trending lower with a low due in June plus or minus a month. This would fit a longer-term picture that the rally in 2020 was a post triangle move, and as such, a final movie, not the beginning of a new bull run.
This also fits with our contrary nature with 95% +/- of anyone that follows the metals bullish, as pointed out in our last comment on gold. The new narrative is that digital currency is replacing gold. The move by content providers touting the BTC as the better alternative to gold as a hedge against monetary inflation is becoming popular.
Major support is at the apex of the triangle 1350 +/-, and that is coincidental to the ratio projection we make annual for the support that runs from 1265 to 1490 for the year. Contrary Thinker sees that zone being taken out before any snapback.
The bar chart pattern reminds me of the recent panic high in the 30-year T-bonds in March of 2020, followed by a drifting channel lower. For the bonds that have finally broken into something more forceful. The gold background is ringing a bell for March to see from the month’s opening to the close of the month a 260 point decline or greater.
TEM on the monthly bar calls for that range expansion, and the weekly and daily bar continued to support a trending mode after a TE#2 still in charge. This fits with an EWT point of view of a 1-2 series. Such patterns lead to a waterfall decline, what they call a 3rd of a 3rd, etc.
Deflation Back Story
Middle East Oil Producers Are Drowning In Debt
Arab Gulf oil producers are losing billions of U.S. dollars from oil revenues this year due to the pandemic that crippled oil demand and oil prices. Because of predominantly oil-dependent government incomes, budget deficits across the region are soaring.
Middle East’s oil exporters rushed to raise taxes and cut spending earlier this year, but these measures were insufficient to contain the damage.
The major oil producers in the Gulf then rushed to raise debt via sovereign and corporate debt issuance. Bond issues in the region have already hit US$100 billion, exceeding the previous record amount of bonds issued in 2019.
Abu Dhabi, the emirate holding nearly all of the oil reserves of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), issued a US$5-billion bond in September, with one tranche of it maturing in 50 years—the longest term for a bond issued by a sovereign issuer in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which also includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi’s latest issue was the third bond issue this year, following US$10 billion raised in the spring.
However, as previous cycles have shown, higher oil prices could once again make Gulf producers complacent and slow to reform economies to cut dependence on oil income. The oil-exporting countries in the Middle East became rich and powerful because of oil, and they will never want to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
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February 18, 2021
A “fragile” market suggests that any surprise big or small can set off a period of profit-taking.
As pointed out in a recent “VR,” our volatility model had turned mixed. That is important as our research is based on first principles, that form precedes real-world content, and that context precedes dynamics. Back a week or ten days the background was not reflecting complacency, so bearish expectations drop a notch, and when TEM primarily pointed to a low volatility persistent trend, that was not much help either for the bearish side.
That does not mean “risk-on,” the actuarial tables put this market on life support. Plus, just like the life of a loved one who is near the end, it is always a shock to the system when they pass no matter how much it was expected. At least in the back of one’s mind, it was just not today.
February 16, 2021
The markets are in a time window for change. While the long-term correlation between the bonds and stocks will become positive later this year, the short-term relationship will continue on its counterbalancing framework.
With our focus here on the long bonds, it appears they have completed another leg of the new secular bear market. In the first chart CT pegs the low hit last Friday as the end of short term wave one in the longer I-T wave (3). Hence based on EWT, this market is just weeks away from going into a full-fledge – everyone sees the bear – sell-off.
The chart window on the left shows the Tidal Trend system short from right after the panic buying peak. Today all three trend-following indicators on that chart are trending lower. Our stand-alone “panic” index (not shown ) on the weekly chart is at 64 with 65 or higher being a bell ringer.
February 13, 2021
So far, investors are unfazed by the growing number of the “somethings” that have not happened. You know the “known unknowns” that are lining up. Plus for good measure, I will include black swans events – the unknown unknowns.
So how will the market react if the republican party breaks apart? Could a lurch to the political left unwittingly pop the everything risk taker’s bubble?
February 11, 2021
Even the well-known contrarians are holding the traditional lines of thought.
The Short Term cycles have played out well; the lows expected in late January came in on the 29th, as seen in the first chart. All three of the major cash indices are at an extreme high in the COT dates as shown in the calendar. Further, the market is in I-T and S-T resistance zone, the ideal place for a new trade to be put on, aka play the break or fade the gap.
I have posted their trigger levels below on each chart. The current market is set up for a sell signal this week. The unfiltered tidal cycles are expected to flip from today into the 17th. Contrary Thinker is expecting the peak and ATH in that time frame. I thought we had them on the 14th, but the market quickly repressed the spike in volatility.
February 5, 2021
Every dog thinks he’s an alpha until he meets a Wolf
A wolf can’t be trained to perform in the circus or corralled into an area to be speared for the sport of it.
Somethings are worth repeating, the high on 1/14/21 was expected, and tidal forces pulled prices lower into the 29th as expected – please see COT table for that period. From that near term, if the 14th was taken out the rally into a peak of ” from 2/1/2021 to 2/8/2021,” would put the high in line with a previous secular bull market peak in 1966.