Sunday, August 14, 2022

A warning from a market leadership review

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Neutral*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


Dovish pivot?
The stock market has taken on a giddy tone in the wake of the tamer than expected inflation reports. The S&P 500 has staged an upside breakout through a key 50% Fibonacci retracement level, which according to some chartists, could be the signal for the all-clear and a resumption of the bull market.


Marketwatch reported that technical analyst Jonathan Krinsky interpreted the upside breakout with guarded optimism:
“Since 1950 there has never been a bear market rally that exceeded the 50% retracement and then gone on to make new cycle lows,” said Jonathan Krinsky, chief market technician at BTIG, in a note earlier this month...

Krinsky, meanwhile, cautioned that previous 50% retracements in 1974, 2004, and 2009 all saw decent shakeouts shortly after clearing that threshold.

“Further, as the market has cheered ‘peak inflation’, we are now seeing a quiet resurgence in many commodities, and bonds continue to weaken,” he wrote Thursday.
My review of market internals shows narrowing leadership which is a warning that the current rally is unsustainable.

The full post can be found here.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Lessons from a study of past major market bottoms

The mood has changed on Wall Street. The WSJ declared last week that the NASDAQ is back in a bull market.



The number of "new bull market" stories have skyrocketed in recent days. Suddenly, chartists on my social media feed are full of "if this index rises to X, or this indicator gets to Y, we have a new bull market". 


I am skeptical of single-variable models. Instead, I offer a study of past major bear market bottoms using factor and macro analysis to see how current circumstances fit with the fresh bull story.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A useful step, but where`s the clear and convincing evidence?

Mid-week market update: The markets took on a risk-on tone in the wake of the softer than expected CPI report. It was a useful first step and a possible sign that inflation is peaking, but I am still waiting for the "clear and convincing evidence" that inflation is under control before getting overly excited about the stock market. Managing monetary policy is like steering a supertanker. Changes happen very slowly and market sentiment may be getting ahead of itself.


The full post can be found here.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

The overlooked reason this market is so strong

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Neutral*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


Defying gravity
Why is the stock market holding up so well? What happened to all the warnings from the Fed? One speaker after another warned that the Fed is nowhere near a dovish pivot. CNN reported that former New York Fed President Bill Dudley issued a similar warning that rising stock prices translate into even more rate hikes:
Dudley added that another rate hike of three-quarters of a percentage point is still "potentially in play," depending on how the economy evolves. He expects the Fed will need to raise interest rates to 4% or higher — up from 2.5% today...

Dudley warned that the uptick in the stock market may be counterproductive because it translates to easier financial conditions. And that's exactly the opposite of what the Fed wants as it tries to tame inflation.

"Ironically," Dudley said, "the big rally in financial markets increases pressure on the Fed to do more."
Wall Street shrugged off the Fed's warnings and Friday's hot jobs report. The S&P 500 is testing a key resistance level, and the NASDAQ 100 blew past resistance and it is now approaching a key falling trend line.




Why is the market defying gravity?

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Why this isn't your father's recession (and how to profit from it)

There is a growing acceptance among investors that the global economy is sliding into recession. S&P Global, which was formerly known as IHS Markit, reported:
The global manufacturing PMI survey's Output Index, which acts as a reliable advance indicator of actual worldwide output trends several months ahead of comparable official data (see chart 2), signaled stalled production in July. The stagnation signals a faltering of the global production rebound seen in June from two months of contraction in April and May.

The conventional view suggests a synchronized global recession. The more nuanced view is the world is undergoing a rolling recession, which offers more opportunities for investors.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

What's "Black Swan" in Chinese?

Mid-week market update: Here we go again. Just when you thought world events were under control, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan raised the geopolitical risk premium.


And just as I predicted on the weekend (see In what world is fighting the Fed a good idea?), we've had a cacophony of Fed officials pushing back on market expectations of an imminent pause in rate hikes. Bond yields spiked in response.

Here is what I am watching.

The full post can be found here.

Monday, August 1, 2022

How a war of conquest has become a contest of pain

I received feedback from a number of readers in response to my publication, Bearishness, begone!. They expressed concern over the terrifying spike in European natural gas prices. In response to the EU's support for Ukraine, Russia has weaponized its energy exports. Gazprom has already reduced Nord Stream 1 gas flows to 20% of capacity. What happens this winter? What are the consequences for the region's economy? How will the ECB cope in light of inflationary pressures from rising energy prices?


The root of the surge in energy prices is the Russia-Ukraine war. In response to the aforementioned questions, I discuss:
  • The state of the battlefield and its outlook;
  • The hybrid war beyond the battlefield; and
  • The contest of pain between Russia and the West.
The full post can be found here.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

In what world is fighting the Fed a good idea?

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


A dovish tone?
There were few substantial surprises from last week's FOMC decision. However, the market interpreted Powell's statements as slightly dovish. As a consequence, Fed Funds futures began to discount a pause in late 2022 and easing by March 2023, which is a significant change from the expectations before the meeting announcement.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell referred to the June Summary of Economic Projections, or dot plot, in the post-FOMC press conference as "probably the best estimate of where the Committee's thinking is still". The Daily Shot pointed out that the market is massively fighting against the dot plot, which is "a trajectory that looks too dovish, given the broad and entrenched inflationary pressures".



In what world does anyone think that massively fighting the Fed is a good idea?

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Bearishness, begone!

The returns of my Trend Asset Allocation Model have been strong. Based on an "out of sample" record of signals from 2013 and a simulated portfolio that varies up to +/- 20% from a 60/40 benchmark, the model portfolio has managed to achieve equity-like returns with 60/40-like risk. Performance has also been consistently positive in the shorter time frames (to July 26, 2022).
  • 1 year: Model portfolio -8.1% vs. 60/40 -9.8%
  • 2 years: Model portfolio 7.1% vs. 60/40 4.2%
  • 3 years: Model portfolio 10.2% vs. 60/40 7.1%
  • 5 years: Model portfolio 10.9% vs. 60/40 7.8%
   

The Trend Model turned neutral from bullish in January 2022 and turned bearish in March. Amidst all the gloom about a global recession, it's time to become more constructive on equities. The signal has been upgraded to neutral from bearish.

Here's why.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Cutting through the noise: Why today's Fed decision doesn't matter

Mid-week market update: It's always difficult to make a stock market comment on FOMC announcement day. Equity prices can exhibit strong reversals after the announcement and press conference. As well, it's also not unusual for the move to reverse itself the next day.

It's not clear whether the 2023 FOMC pattern of weakness into the meeting and a rally afterward will appear again, mainly because the market had been rallying into the July meeting, which is a different pattern than all of the other meetings this year.


I am very conflicted about the short-term direction of stock prices.

The full post can be found here.

Monday, July 25, 2022

FOMC preview: 75 or 100 is the wrong question

Anticipation is building over the FOMC decision, which is scheduled for this coming Wednesday. Leading up to the meeting, there had been growing speculation over whether the Fed would hike by 75 or 100 bps. Market expectations had been oscillating wildly, but it has now settled into a consensus of 75 bps, followed by a pause in late 2022 and rate cuts that begin in mid-2023.


In my opinion, 75 or 100 bps is the wrong question to ask.

The full post can be found here.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

A powerful new bull? Don't be fooled!

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


A bullish reversal
In the past month, I have been constructive on US equities in the face of growing doubts about the macro and fundamental environment. our cautious optimism had been met with skepticism. Now that the S&P 500 has rallied above a falling channel and regained its 50 dma, the tone on our social media feed has turned more bullish.



While it's nice to feel some vindication, investors shouldn't make the complete about-face from bear to bull just yet.

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Revealed, the secret lives of corporate insiders

Why are stocks rallying? Maybe it's because for much of this year, corporate insiders have been stepping up to buy dips in the stock market. The purchases have occurred in the face of growing recession risk and apparent challenging valuations.


What does this group of "smart investors" know that we ordinary mortals don't? An analysis of valuation and the technical backdrop reveals some pockets of value in the US equity market.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

An FOMC market nosedive ahead?

Mid-week market update: I recently identified a 2022 market formation where the S&P 500 declines into an FOMC meeting and rallies afterward. The key question for investors is whether the same pattern will repeat itself for the July meeting. If so, the market should top out about now.



Here are the bull and bear cases.

The full post can be found here.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Three catalysts that could spark a rip-your-face-off rally

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.




The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


A resilient market
The US stock market has been surprisingly resilient in the face of bad news. The pattern has been the same on Wednesday and Thursday. Futures opened the day deeply negative, first on a hot CPI print Wednesday and a hot PPI print and earnings disappointment Thursday, but rallied over the day to erase most, if not all of the previous losses. The banks, which kicked off Q2 earnings season, have mostly been disappointing, but it only took one positive surprise to spark Friday's relief rally.



A market that does not react to bad news is a sign of bearish exhaustion. Here are some other catalysts that could spark an unexpected "rip your face off" rally and change the narrative from bearish to bullish.

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

How the Fed is acting like a bull in the china shop

The June CPI and PPI reports both came in higher than expectations. The good news is core CPI is decelerating. The bad news is both core sticky price CPI and Owners' Equivalent Rent, which is about one-third of core CPI, are rising rapidly. 


These readings confirm the market's expectations that the Fed will continue to tighten until something breaks. In effect, the Fed is behaving like the proverbial bull in a china shop.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

How to trade the hot CPI report

Mid-week market update: So much for the Cleveland Fed inflation nowcast which was calling for a tame CPI surprise. The market reacted to the hot CPI print this morning by adopting a risk-off tone, though it recovered later in the day.

For equity investors, keep in mind that the intermediate-term structure of the S&P 500 is a falling channel within the context of a positive RSI divergence.



Here is how I interpret the stock market's outlook.

The full post can be found here.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

China blinked, but can it save the world again?

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


Beijing blinked
It's always the darkest before the dawn. Just as it seemed that the world was about to collapse into a synchronized global recession, Beijing announced that it's considering allowing the sale of 1.5T yuan (USD 220B) in local government bonds earlier than planned to fund infrastructure projects.




Commodities rallied on the news but China related equity markets greeted the announcement with a yawn. Can China rescue the global economy once again?

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

What if the market bottomed and no one realized it?

It's stunning how market psychology has changed. In the space of a few months, we've swung from "everyone is bullish" to "everyone is bearish". These results from the BoA Global Fund Manager Survey were done in early June and sentiment has likely deteriorated since then.


The good news is the market is becoming numb to bad news. What if the stock market bottomed and no one actually realized it?

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Numb to bad news

Mid-week market update: You can tell a lot about the tone of a stock market by the way it reacts to news. The 2s10s yield curve just inverted again, which has been a sign of an impending recession. If history is any guide, yield curve inversions have marked major market tops. The exceptions, shown as pink lines, are the instances when the yield curve just missed an inversion and economic growth continued.



Why hasn't the S&P 500 tanked? The answer seems to be it has become numb to the flood of bad news.

The full post can be found here.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

When does the pain end?

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.



My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


Here we go again
June was awful month and 2022 was even worse for investors. The S&P 500 has been falling all year, though it constructively ended the week with a continuing positive 5-week RSI divergence, indicating waning downside momentum.


Where's the bottom? 

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

The seven reasons why this cycle is different

One of the key risks to the stock market is earnings expectations. As recession risk rises, it has been unusual to see forward 12-month EPS estimates continue to rise. The latest update finally shows that earnings expectations are beginning to stall. S&P 500 estimates are flat for the week, up a miniscule 0.01, while small-cap S&P 600 estimates are down over -1% in the week.


Why haven't stock prices skidded further? Here are some reasons why this cycle is different from others.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Trading the FOMC pattern

Mid-week market update: Even though the sample size is small (n=4), the stock market seems to be repeating the FOMC meeting pattern of 2022. The pattern consists of weakness into an FOMC meeting and a rally afterward. The post-meeting rally in May fizzled out quickly but the others were more sustainable. 



The S&P 500 is now testing support after breaking out. If the market were to rally, gap resistance can be found at 3980-4020. Is there any more life left in the current rally? Will the market decline into the next FOMC meeting scheduled for July 26-27?

The full post can be found here.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Q2 earnings season = Market abyss?

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.




My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.




The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


Nagging doubts
Despite my constructive views on the direction of the stock market, some nagging doubts remain. Even as top-down strategist reduce their S&P 500 EPS estimates, bottom-up estimates, as measured by forward 12-month EPS, have been rising steadily for both large and small caps.


As we approach Q2 earnings season, the risk of a flood of negative guidance that pushes down consensus estimates is high, which would spark a risk-off episode.

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Bullish omens from the factor gods

Recession fears are rising everywhere, both on Wall Street and in Washington. Fed eonomist Michael T. Kiley formulated a recession model based on unemployment rates. The probability of a recession over the next four quarters is now over 50%, but the economy has never avoided a recession when readings were this high.


The New York Fed's DSGE model, which does not represent its official forecast, puts the chances of a hard landing at 80%. There are numerous other examples. That's just two of them. 

Recessions are supposed to be negative for stocks, right? Yes, most of the time. Even as recession anxiety rises, the omens from the sector and factor gods are telling a different story for the stock market.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Unpacking my market bottom call

Mid-week market update: My last publication (see Why last week may have been THE BOTTOM) certainly caused some contraversy. Why I am making no promises about the future, I turned cautiously bullish on February 25, 2008, just a week before the generational March 2009 bottom (see Phoenix rising?). 

In that post, I postulated that the market was sufficiently washed out that it was time to dip your toe into the water with speculative Phoenix stocks, low-priced stocks that had fallen dramatically and saw significant insider buying. The good news is the timing of the call was nearly perfect, it came a week before the ultimate low. The bad news is the S&P 500 fell another -8% before the market finally bottomed.


Nobody's perfect.

The full post can be found here.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Why last week may have been THE BOTTOM

I am not always right and financial markets are facing many uncertainties, but last week's market action may have marked the bottom of this market cycle.

It isn't just the extreme level of the BoA Bull & Bear Indicator. though that is one piece of the puzzle. This indicator turned prematurely bullish by falling below 2 in March, but readings have declined to the extraordinarily low level of 0. 



The full post can be found here.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

A butterfly flaps its wings in Zurich

Preface: Explaining our market timing models 
We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.

The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model that applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity prices. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. The performance and full details of a model portfolio based on the out-of-sample signals of the Trend Model can be found here.




My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the email alerts is updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.



The latest signals of each model are as follows:
  • Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
  • Trend Model signal: Bearish*
  • Trading model: Neutral*
* The performance chart and model readings have been delayed by a week out of respect to our paying subscribers.

Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of those email alerts is shown here.

Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.


A disorderly unwind
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water after an FOMC meeting that turned out to be more dovish than expectations, the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly raise rates by a half-point after holding it at -0.75% for almost a decade and sent global asset prices reeling.



Here's why the SNB's actions mattered. 

The full post can be found here.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Fed braces for a harder landing

Even before the FOMC meeting and in a survey period that ended on June 10, 2022, which was the day of the hot May CPI print, the respondents to the BoA Global Fund Manager Survey showed a high degree of anxiety about a recession.


Here is the bad news. At the post-FOMC meeting press conference, Fed Chair Jerome Powell pointedly responded to a question with, "We are not trying to induce a recession". Despite the "softish landing" rhetoric, it is becoming clear that the Fed is trying to induce a recession.

The full post can be found here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

How the FOMC meeting script played out

Mid-week market update: Can the stock market follow the script for past FOMC meetings in 2022? In each of the cases this year, the market weakened ahead of the meeting and rallied afterwards. The only deviation from the script occurred at the May FOMC meeting, when stock prices fell to new lows after a post-meeting reflex rally. 



Fast forward to the June meeting. The S&P 500 skidded in accordance to the script and stocks rallied today, though there are two unfilled gaps above.

The full post can be found here.