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Where have you gone, Vol-a-tility?

Mid-week market update: I have been writing in these pages about the remarkable muted equity market volatility. Indeed, Luke Kawa observed on Monday that realized volatility had fallen to historical lows. Recent developments indicate that volatility may be about to return to the markets. This reminds me of the lyrics of a song that I vaguely remember from my youth: Where have you gone, Vol-a-tility?A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…Woo woo woo… Event-driven volatility Stock prices...

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Why I am cautious on US equities

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 predictable no surprise market

Mid-week market update: Subscribers received an alert last Friday that I had turned tactically cautious on the market. So far, this has been a fairly predictable market with few surprises. Rob Hanna at Quantifiable Edges documented how stock prices have been during FOMC days when the SPX closed at a 20-day high the day before. That’s because the market had risen in anticipation of a positive announcement from the Fed, and the reaction is at best a coin toss.  Today’s roller coaster...

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3 supply shocks that could derail the economy

As the market reacts the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities, the level of anxiety is mounting. Forbes published an article on Sunday entitled “Attacks on Saudi Arabia are a recipe for $100 oil”. Bloomberg that this represents the biggest disruption to global oil supply since the Iraqi 1990 invasion of Kuwait. As visions of the 1974 Arab Oil Embargo and the ensuing recession dance in traders’ heads, this is a timely reminder that the FOMC is meeting this week. Should the supply...

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Is this the long awaited value investing revival?

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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Market breakout = FOMO surge?

Mid-week market update: Last week’s upside breakout through resistance was impressive. Since then, the market has consolidated above the breakout level, but a FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) rally has yet to materialize. In the past, such surges have been accompanied by a series of “good overbought”  5-day RSI readings, signs of buying stampedes from TRIN, only to see the rally stall when the 14-day RSI becomes oversold. Will the upside breakout lead to a FOMO surge? Let us consider the...

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Fun with quant: Pure and naïve factors

A reader alerted me to a CNBC report of a bullish analysis by Bespoke’s Paul Hickey: Bespoke Investment’s Paul Hickey believes a market hot streak is unfolding. The independent market researcher is building his bullish case by zeroing in on the Citi Economic Surprise Index, which is built to measure optimism in the economy. In the week ending Friday, the index flipped into positive after spending more than 100 days in negative territory. Hickey contends the move suggests investors are...

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Should you buy the breakout?

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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How to trade foreign cross-currents

Mid-week market update: Global markets have taken a decided risk-on tone today on the news that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has withdrawn the controversial extradition bill. As well, the revolt in the British parliament has lessened the chances of a chaotic no-deal Brexit on October 31. On the other hand, the market was hit by some somber news earlier in the week, when the PMI reports revealed a slowing global economy. In the meantime, US equity prices remain range-bound.  Should we...

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The rise of the Fear Bubble

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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