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Peak Brexit panic?

The Brexit headlines look dire and Apocalyptic. The Sunday Times published the leak of Operation Yellowhammer, which was the UK government’s base case plan for a no-deal Brexit.  Britain faces shortages of fuel, food and medicine, a three-month meltdown at its ports, a hard border with Ireland and rising costs in social care in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to an unprecedented leak of government documents that lay bare the gaps in contingency planning. The documents, which...

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Peering into 2020: New decade, new paradigm

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 Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This...

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Audit your trading the way pros do it

Traders are always interested in improving their techniques. Today, I would like to offer a framework for thinking about your trading, using the way fund sponsors evaluate investment managers, called the 5 Ps. People: Who are you, and what’s your experience and training? Performance: How have the returns been, and what kind of risk did you take to achieve those results? Philosophy: What makes you think you have an edge? Process: How do you implement the edge you have on the market?...

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A White Swan market

Mid-week market update: I am writing my mid-week update a day early because of the extraordinary volatility in the stock market. My wife and I took a few days to go on a Danube river cruise. As we arrived in Vienna, we spied a white swan swimming beside our ship. The white swan seems to be an  apt metaphor for today’s market, which is a market of known risks.  A short-term bottom ahead The stock market has certainly been volatile. Last Wednesday, I suggested that the market was ready...

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A correction, or a trade war meltdown?

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 Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This...

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Ripe for a counter-trend rally

Mid-week market update: My trading model has turned bullish, and there are plenty of signs that the market is ripe for a relief rally. There was the CNBC Markets in Turmoil program Monday, which as SentimenTrader pointed out, tends to mark short-term bottoms.  As well, the McClellan Oscillator (NYMO) fell to levels on Monday that are consistent with past tradable bottoms.  The Zweig Breadth Thrust indicator also provided signs of a short-term bottom. The ZBT buy signal consists...

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USDCNY at 7? It’s not you, it’s me

The market has adopted a risk-off tone today because the Chinese yuan rose above the rate of 7 to 1 to the USD. The move was positioned as retaliation for Trump`s new tariffs. In addition, China has halted all purchase of American agricultural goods.  What did you expect? The controlled depreciation of CNY is not unexpected. The chart below of the Chinese yuan ETF shows that it had been unusually strong compared to the trade weighted dollar. Viewed in this context, the PBOC...

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Powell’s dilemma (and why it matters)

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 Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This...

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A (deceptive) long-term buy signal

Mid-week market update: It is month-end, and the day after an FOMC meeting. Regular readers may recall that I have been monitoring the monthly MACD indicator for a long-term buy signal. Troy Bombardia recently highlighted what happens when the SPX flashes a long-term buy signal. Subsequent one-year returns have been almost all positive.  The verdict is in, the index has flashed a long-term MACD buy signal.  While the signal is constructive for the long-term outlook, let me temper...

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A hawkish cut ahead?

As we look ahead to the July FOMC meeting this week, market expectations of additional rate cuts have moderated. The market is discounting a 100% chance of a quarter-point cut this week. It also expects an additional quarter-point cut at the September meeting, and a third rate cut by year-end.  The better than expected Q2 GDP report just made the Fed’s job a lot more complicated.  Signs of economic strength Q2 GDP came in above expectations at 2.1%. What`s more, real final sales to...

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