Sunday, May 26, 2024

How to spot a market top

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: Buy equities (Last changed from “sell” on 28-Jul-2023)*
  • Trend Model signal: Bullish (Last changed from “neutral” on 28-Jul-2023)*
  • Trading model: Bullish (Last changed from “neutral” on 10-May-2024)*
* 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. I am also on X/Twitter 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.

Bearish Capitulation

Morgan Stanley’s strategist Mike Wilson has been one of the more prominent bears left standing and he capitulated last week. Now that Wilson has reluctantly turned bullish, is it time to turn contrarian bearish on stocks?

I can think of two scenarios for the U.S. equity market. The bulls will argue that the market structure of the S&P 500 shows the index has outrun the bullish channel, as defined by the solid lines, and ascended to a steeper channel, as defined by the dotted lines. The advance has been characterized by a series of “good overbought” RSI signals. The bullish scenario opens up a short-term objective of 5500 before the rally is done.

The bears will argue that the combination of the “buy the rumour, sell the news” market reaction to the strong NVIDIA report and the negative divergence on the 5-week RSI is a signal of an exhaustive advance.

Bull or bear? Here are the signposts to an intermediate-term market top.
The full post can be found here.

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