Embrace the Turbulence

Our Formal Forecasts and Surprises for 2019 Edition will have to Wait

But if you read between the lines here you will see where out thoughts and opinions are headed.

It would appear from the recent pattern of hits on our site that most investors are trying really hard to keep their heads in the sand.  That will probably be OK until some things really happen to the economy and markets. The bulls are rightly saying that once a bear market is declared, (down 20 to 30 %) one should be a buyer most of the time. So true. It takes a 40 to 60 % decline to get real attention.

What about that Macro Picture ?

Back in October 2018 we outlined the features in the topping and ending of the (2000-2018) 17.6 year economic cycle and how it fits within the 72 year cycle. I believe the new 17.6 year cycle which started in October 2018 will show itself to be a Bull Cycle eventually.  Unfortunately the first 3 to 6 years of this new cycle will probably see a time of uncommon weakness as the issues built up over the past 36 years and especially over the last 7 years are dealt with in total.  This will all rollout as the world economy builds a new solid base.

Macro Technical Analysis Points to Confirmation of a Bear Market Cycle of between 3 to 6 years from the September 21 S&P High of 2940.

The K-Cycle turned down on November 6 at 2755 on the S&P.

The more conventional 50/200 day crossover occurred on December 4 at 2700 on the S&P.

Looking back on the 2007-2009 Macro Rollover of the market for reflection:

The S&P high was on October 11 2007 at 1578.

The K-Cycle turned down on November 19 2007 at 1434.

The 50/200 day crossover occurred on December 20, 2007 at 1463.

The 2009 low was on March 9th at 666.

 

Consolidating after the Breakout

This is probably the biggest aspect of the current short term trading environment.  After the F-2 Fracture Breakout on December 11 the Fracture Line peaked on December 21st and has been consolidating sideways since.  This aspect will probably continue until more information is seen.  The employment numbers on Friday are probably a validation of how much the Make America Great story has drilled itself a hole that cannot be filled with anything but vapor.

And How About the Yield Curve ?

The yield curve after flattening dramatically between January and Mid-July 2018 has treaded sideways as the FED has hit a wall on raising short rates and the impending Macro decline has yet to hit the 30 yr yields.

So back to embracing the Turbulence,

Since we are in a Bear Cycle Now, we are using 3X on our Short Trades and 1X on our Long Trades..

Here is our Short Term S&P Trading ladder as of 1/7/19..

Passions are running deep on both side of the equation, this is a Contrarians Dream..

Upside Breakout warning                     2720

Upper No-Mans Land                             2620 – 2720

Upside Resistance Level II                  2620

Upside Resistance Level I                     2570

Current Swing Point                              2510

Downside Support Level I                   2450

Downside Support Level II                 2400

Lower No-Mans Land                           2190-2400

Downside Breakdown Warning       2190

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