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January 19, 2023

Volatility Reports January 19, 2023

Anticipated changes can be more forceful than events happening out of nowhere.

The chart above shows the correction that happened when the last so-called “budget crisis” happened. The pattern is similar to the 2022 sell-off and the second half recovery into a double top the 12/1/22 and 12/13/22 tops. If a valid fractal, the decline that is forthcoming will be a waterfall…

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January 9, 2023

Volatility Reports 1/10/23

The headlines read “Why does everyone think there will be a recession in 2023?”

To be blunt, who cares what they think?  The analysts that are leaning on the contrarian idea that what the little guy does the smart investor should do the contrary know how to talk the talk.

One of the key polls they use is from the American Association of Individual Investors.  AAII is a nonprofit organization with about 150,000 members whose purpose is to educate individual investors regarding stock market portfolios, financial planning, and retirement accounts.

I have to wonder if the AAII membership is self-aware of the above notion they are used like guinea pigs and considered dumb money; and if they are, how does that impact their answers to a poll?

After 2016 we all know that polls are not reliable but actions are more important. What has been seen in the actions of the same group is their equity (risk)  exposure has remained above its long-term average for the trailing 12 months. As such and they think the market is bearish, well that is dumb.

If you see the investment world from a long-only perspective and want a portfolio

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January 7, 2023

MarketMap™ 2023 Scenario Planner Issue#2

The majority of the cycle analysis research that crosses my desk only gives a passing interest to the super cycle that is due in the current time frame.

At best a few act as if they are fair and balanced Journos providing both sides of the story if you will, which does no one any good and is a dodging the question: is there a bearish super cycle to be concerned about?

Most of all the investing public deserve more than “spit balling” insights when it comes to their achieving their investment objectives. They need to know, if there is at least a 50/50 chance or better, and how much lead time will the investor have to prepare for such a market event.

So while the “nice guys” point out only two iterations (occurrence) in the history of the super cycle, as not being “statistically significant.” But they are simply skirting the issue as they know there is a great number of harmonic subcycles that have been deadly accurate thus making the “doom and gloom” super cycle something the investment community and most of all CT’s membership needs to focus on.

What is scary for the social types is reflected in so many who post comments like, “why would they even want to discuss these depressing topics?” Only to read replay “because it sells more market newsletters.”

O.K. then, news to me. A one-minute video follows that covers an important COT cycle, bringing it forward from 1932.

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December 21, 2022

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Below is the S-T chart for Friday’s trade.

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December 21, 2022

Volatility Reports December 21, 2022 Dow & Co.

The issue for many is their analogical thinking.  Because knowledge is based on first principles, things that are undeniable. Context is one of the first principles needed to be certain what you are looking at is true. Otherwise, look-alikes will fool you.

The example here. The picture of Marilyn Monroe next to a look-alike is a great example that should get your attention. However, the chart overlay seen here is the epitome of what Contrary thinkers know, that background matters compared to statistics pulled out of the blue.

Here is a comment I saw in the public stream and responded to.  Just not because it is wrong-headed but because my traders need to know where I stand and why. Also, I am not trying to attract cynics, entry-level or anyone, not a professional or aspiring to be one.

Here is the bullish sentiment in full

  1. Consecutive years of declines in the US stock benchmark are rare
    When they do occur, the second year has been worse than the first
    Consecutive down years are rare for US stocks, so after this year’s drop, there’s only a low probability they will decline again in 2023. Yet if they do, history shows that investors will have to brace for another very unpleasant 12 months.
  2. Since 1928, the S&P 500 Index has only fallen for two straight years on four occasions: The Great Depression, World War II, the 1970s oil crisis, and the bursting of the dot-com bubble at the start of this century. In the benchmark’s almost 100-year history, such occasions are clear outliers. Yet when they have occurred, drops in the second year have always been deeper than in the first, with an average decline of 24%. That would exceed this year’s slide of about 20% to date. More than two back-to-back years in the red are even rarer. The S&P 500 tumbled for three straight years from 2000 to 2002 and from 1939 to 1941, while the longest losing streak remains the aftermath of the infamous Wall Street crash when stocks fell for four years from 1929 to 1932.
  3. To be sure, both fund managers and Wall Street strategists forecast a muted recovery for the S&P 500 next year. “Recession does not have to be doom for equities and markets tend to bottom before a recession starts,” said Manish Singh, CFAchief investment officer at Crossbridge Capital. He believes the S&P 500 saw its bottom in June during peak inflation.

I understand how smug the boys are in Boston, I have pals in the industry and interviewed with a few, and sat in Vanguard’s  “war room” for a number of their meetings. Be that as it may. It is the big picture and context that matters. Not what the public wants, the market is selling risk, not iPhones.

Looking back to the 1908 low (after the rich man’s panic), how the market trends in a 15 to 17-year secular bull followed by a sideways or down correction of the excesses for an equal number of years.

From the 1929 peak, Dow & Co stayed in a correction until 1949, 20 years after a 20-year bull. It is not arbitrary to start from 1932, it is a strong bullish bias to make their numbers look better.

From 1949 to 1966 (Dow hit 1000 for the first time) a secular bull of 17 years ended followed by a bear market from 1966 until 1982. So for 16 years, a broad trading range corrected the secular bull before a new secular bull.

Again, from the August 1982 low into January 1, 2000, high pivot, it was easy money followed by a secular bear of 10 years into 2009 (see Nasdaq.)

Finally AFTER the demographic baby boomer growth period another 13-year secular bull market to 1/4/22. What was crowned the “Great Bull Market” or the “Everything Bubble.” all of which was based on money growth, not population growth or productivity growth.

So in context, two down years is not rare, what is rare is after a secular bull market to avoid a secular bear has a low probability and given the added context of a Fiscal and Monetary policy that is painted into a corner.

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Below is the S-T chart for Friday’s trade.

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December 21, 2022

Volatility Reports December 21, 2022 (Crude Video)

Oil has a positive correlation to the S&P. Along with Apple and Bitcoin the premier risk takers market, Crude is also a leading market. A foreshadower of stock market’s direction

Crude oil futures made their recovery high on 11/6/22 providing a 23-day lead time to sell onto the last phase of the rally in the S&P and FANNG+ stocks, which topped on 12/2/22.

The weekly chart is plotted here with the SPY in the background to show the positive correction since 2018. The featured charts in this report focus on price, time, and dynamics.


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December 21, 2022

Volatility Reports The Financials (Video)

The facts have been ignored since 11/6/2016 and the market screaming to be released from the financial and volatility repression became clear from the peak 1/23/2018. From that point to today, traders have played nothing but long volatilioty vhencials and out performed the S&P by a wide margin. Are you ready for 2023, All Contrary Thinker wants is to back investors, managers and traders to reach their best.


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December 13, 2022

Volatility Reports December 13, 2022 (Dow Video)

Monday the $VIX closed UP 9.5% while the S&P 500 finished UP 1.4%.

2021 and 2022 experienced a 45-year topping cycle. Part of its unwinding – cycling from the high pivots 11/18 and 1/4 lower into the extra market events happening on 5/11 and 9/28.

What is amazing about these two dates is they create a 96-day cycle, which on the look back is accurate pegging tops and bottoms to the 6/12/20 and 10/30/20 lows.

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December 10, 2022

Volatility Reports Long Term Bonds (Video)

Kiplinger’s Economic Outlooks are written by the staff of our weekly Kiplinger Letter and are unavailable elsewhere. Click here for a free issue of The Kiplinger Letter or for more information. Fed Chair Jerome Powell offered investors both good news and bad news at his press conference on Nov. 2. The Fed’s policy statement included new language that it would consider the effects on the economy of previous rate […]


The Long Bonds

Before you get into the video on the long-term outlook for bonds and how to use the new excel worksheet for cycles, here is a short-term update I started in the group. If you are a visitor and have signed up on the TradeExchange app, let me know.  In that regard, they are in the process of updating my UI and dashboard, make sure I know so you lock in your spot here in the group.

Unless you tell others that Contrary Thinker can make good calls, I have to continue to point them out. At the end of 2018, I warned the boys from Boston, the capital of the mutual fund factories, that the so-called “bulletproof” portfolio (60/40) would come to an end with the same kind of “hyper-correlation” seen in 2008.

Well after the first six months of 2022 all they are doing now is belly-aching about the 60/40 demise. Well, that is all well and good but in this industry, it is always about “what have you done for me lately? The updated chart featured here should help.

For equity players, it demonstrates how the bonds are leading the downturn. There are other leading markets, but this one has a broad economic impact. with that in mind, CT’s featured chart demonstrates the way the bond market speaks to you, once you understand volatility. Here I will point out how rule#3 preceded COTs by a day or two at the August high and the October. TE#3 is the definition of a low-energy trend that is due for a change. The trend lower walked the smoothed BB lower on the middle TE#3 with the help of an intervening TE#4 supporting the trend.

On Friday the decline in the 30-year futures was a failure, a reversal, and an S-T sell signal. With the TE#2 behind it, a move to 124 should unfold. That corrected the panic buying, retraces 62% of the counter-trend thus far, and moves below the smooth BB, which is an oversold signal.

Dates are highlighted in this chart that can be used if you plan to use the excel cycle worksheet.



Enjoy the 15-minute video, the other five are on the way.

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December 9, 2022

A Hotter Than Expected CPI Report Could Sink Stocks Into Year End

A Hotter Than Expected CPI Report Could Sink Stocks Into Year End

LordHenriVoton The CPI report for November is due out on Tuesday, December 13, just one day before next week’s FOMC meeting. Expectations show the y/y rate dropping to 7.3% from last month’s surprise reading of 7.7%. Meanwhile, Core CPI is forecast to remain sticky, rising by 6.1% year-over-year versus last month’s reading of 6.3%. It would be the fourth month in a row that core CPI was above 6%. […]

“They all go together when they go”

Everyone will be focused on the CPI number and actions by the Fed. As a hard and fast rule it is not the news that matters, it is the market’s reaction to the news that is telling. For example, as the bear market becomes more widely acknowledged, more good news is ignored and bad news is exaggerated.

Also, highly anticipated news is used by day and floor traders to run stops with a long bar event. Therefore going into such an event from a tactical point of view, regarding positions longer than a day following a trend, stops are pulled or widened out, because the trend will be your friend. And that trend is down and gaining momentum.

This featured chart of the MSCI ACWI Index, MSCI’s flagship global equity index, helps make the bearish case and points to what to look for that will build confidence for the bearish case.

This ETF is designed to represent the performance of the full opportunity set of large- and mid-cap stocks across 23 developed and 24 emerging markets.

A number of things are clear from both the weekly and daily charts of the world composite. The context of the market is trend ready. That trend is down on an S-T basis as seen in the right-hand window, the breakdown of the channel, our Alpha Trend MA has crossed under, a sell signal, and the market failed to hold the S-T support zone. From an I-T basis, the dot on a close weekly chart is plotted with one of our Vidya MA versions. A close this week below 86.27 would likely close the door on any bullish arguments.

The video below covers the use of the cycle spreadsheet when applied to the S&P and the Dow. Along with that expo, I cover the outlook for the market from now into the early part of 2023.

As always your feedback, questions, or issues are welcomed.

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