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Cam Hui
Cam Hui has been professionally involved in the financial markets since 1985 in a variety of roles, both as an equity portfolio manager and as a sell-side analyst. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia in 1980 and obtained his CFA Charter in 1989. He is left & right brained modeler of quantitative investment systems. Blogs at Humble Student of the Markets.

Humble student of the markets

How to spot the correction low

Preface: Explaining our market timing modelsWe 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...

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What could go wrong?

Now that virtually everybody has bought into the reflation and global cyclical recovery trade, and Reddit flash mobs are ganging up on short sellers to drive the most short-sold stocks into the stratosphere, what could go wrong with this bull?  Notwithstanding the silliness of the WSB flash mobs, here are some key bearish risks to consider. The rise of bond vigilantes Continuation of the trade wars Health policy stumbles Partying with abandon Most of the investor surveys have...

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Risk happens quickly

Mid-week market update: What are we make of this market? In the last four years, the weekly S&P 500 chart shows that we have seen six corrective episodes of differing magnitudes. Risk happens, and sometimes with little or no warning.  About half of those instances saw negative 5-week RSI divergences, which we are seeing today. Since the start of 2019, when the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) started to get hot, the ARKK to SPY ratio roll over every time during those corrections. That...

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When new highs aren’t bullish

Preface: Explaining our market timing modelsWe 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...

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What would Bob Farrell say?

What would the legendary market analyst Bob Farrell say about today’s markets? I was reviewing the patterns of factor returns recently, and I was reminded of three of Farrell’s 10 Rules of Investing (which are presented slightly out of order).  Rule 3: There are no new eras – excesses are never permanent. Rule 2: Excesses in one direction will lead to an opposite excess in the other direction. Rule 4: Exponential rapidly rising or falling markets usually go further than you think, but...

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In need of a sentiment reset

Mid-week market update: This market is in need of a reset in investor sentiment. In addition to recent reports of frothy retail sentiment, the latest BoA Fund Manager Survey (FMS) indicates that global institutions have gone all-in on risk. The FMS contrarian trades are now “long T-bills-short commodities, long US$-short EM, long staples-short small cap”, or short market beta.   Along with growing signs of deteriorating market internals, this market is poised for a correction....

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Take some chips off the table

Preface: Explaining our market timing modelsWe 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...

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A Great Rotation region and sector update

In the wake of my Great Rotation publication (see Everything you need to know about the Great Rotation but were afraid to ask), it’s time for an update of how global regions and US sectors are performing. The short summary is the change in leadership of global over US stocks, value over growth, and small caps over large caps are still intact.  While the long-term trends remain in place, some tactical caution may be in order in certain parts of the market. Global leadership...

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One last push, or a downside break?

Mid-week market update: I have been warning about the extended nature of this stock market for several weeks. The latest II sentiment update shows more of the same. Bullish sentiment has come off the boil, but readings are reminiscent of the conditions seen during the melt-up top that ended in early 2018.  The market can correct at any time, but I also have to allow for the possibility of one last bullish push to fresh highs. Here is what I am watching. High levels of speculation...

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Tactically cautious, despite the data glitch

In yesterday’s post, I pointed out that, according to FactSet, consensus S&P 500 EPS estimates had dropped about -0.50 across the board over the last three weeks (see 2020 is over, what’s the next pain trade?).  The decline turned out to be a data anomaly. A closer examination of the evolution of consensus estimates revealed a sudden drop in EPS estimates three weeks ago. Discontinuous changes like that are highly unusual, and it was traced to the inclusion of heavyweight Tesla in...

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