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Imagining War and Peace

The Russia-Ukraine war has dealt an unexpected shock to the global economy and markets. Even as the world began an uneven recovery from the COVID Crash of 2020 and inflation pressures began to rise, the war has spiked geopolitical risk premiums and exacerbated supply chain difficulties and added more inflationary pressures. From an economic perspective, rising inflation and inflation expectations are forcing central bankers to react with more hawkish monetary policies, which raise...

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Trading the relief 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...

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How to spot a market bottom

Did the stock market make a meaningful bottom last week? Financial markets had been taking a risk-off tone coming into the week, but when the Powell Fed was slightly more hawkish than expected, the market rallied.   The S&P 500 was -14.6% peak-to-trough on an intraday basis in 2022. Ed Clissold of Ned Davis Research pointed out that the characteristics of cyclical bears and recession bears have been very different. Cyclical bears that don’t involve a recession tend to be shorter in...

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Great (bearish) expectations

Mid-week market update: The bears have exhibited great expectations for risk assets. Ed Clissold of Ned Davis Research observed that the NDR Crowd Sentiment has been at a sub-30 reading, which is historically bullish. However, he pointed out that momentum is negative and hedged with “sentiment is extremes differ cycle to cycle, so it’s best to wait for sentiment to begin to reverse”.  Bearish sentiment Sentiment indicators have indeed been extreme for some time. Investors...

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Beware the Ides of March

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...

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Not your father’s commodity bull

Some chartists have recently become excited over the commodity outlook. Setting aside the headline-driven rise in oil prices, the long-term chart of industrial metals like copper looks bullish. Copper is tracing out a cup-and-handle pattern breakout that targets strong gains in the years ahead. Moreover, the one-and the two-year rate of change, which is designed to look through the effects of the COVID Crash, are elevated but not out of line with past bull phases.  The point and figure...

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A double bottom?

Mid-week market update: The S&P 500 put in a potential double bottom when it tested its recent lows while exhibiting a positive RSI divergence. Stock prices rallied on the news of a ceasefire in order to allow civilians to evacuate.  Is this a durable bottom? News from the front The market has been extremely war headline sensitive and it’s impossible to discuss risk appetite without discussing the war. While I am no military analyst, here is a summary of what is known from...

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Panicked enough for a relief 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...

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An energy and geopolitical recession?

Much has happened in the space of a week. In the wake of Russia’s Ukrainian invasion, the West has responded with a series of tough sanctions designed to tank the Russian economy. Energy and other commodity prices have soared and this is shaping up to be another energy and geopolitical crisis. The last three episodes resolved in recessions, which are equity bull market killers. Fourth time lucky? The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo The 1979 Iranian Revolution The 1990 Gulf War The 2022...

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A key test at neckline support

Mid-week market update: Will the S&P 500 hold support or will it break? The index is once again testing the neckline of a potential head and shoulders pattern while exhibiting a minor positive RSI divergence.  Here are the bull and bear cases. Sentimental bulls Short-term sentiment models look stretched to the downside, which is contrarian bullish. The bull-bear spread from the AAII weekly survey is at levels that have seen short-term bounces. Readings have only been exceeded...

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