I have been unapologetically bullish of stocks, not just in the U.S. but all over the world. The data that continues to come in, not only confirms everything we’ve been seeing, but actually suggests that an even more bullish approach moving forward is warranted. The sector rotation in US Stocks and leadership from International Markets is pointing to not just some short-term gains, but in fact, much higher prices coming across the board. In this call we take a look at the extreme positioning in some very important markets like Gold, US Dollars, Euro and US Treasury Bonds. I think the extremes in sentiment could spark a major unwind as we head into the 4th quarter. [Read more…]
Jonathan Krinsky is a great compliment to the guests we have already had on Technical Analysis Radio. His Intermarket and top/down approach is very well rounded and consistent. In this podcast episode, Jonathan explains how his mentor Phil Roth helped point him in the right direction earlier in his career, particularly during the 2008 Financial crisis. In this discussion we talk about US and Global Stocks, Interest Rates, Gold, Silver and Crude Oil. Sectors mentioned include Financials, Technology, Biotechnology and Energy. I really enjoyed this conversation! [Read more…]
One of the best ways to get a gauge of the strength or weakness in the U.S. Stock Market is to go through all of the stocks in the indexes. Every week I rip through all 500 stocks in the S&P500 on both weekly and daily timeframes. This works well for 2 reasons: 1) it gives me a great idea of how the entire market looks collectively, but it also allows me to find individual risk vs reward opportunities throughout the market. It works great for both.
For people who simply don’t have the time, or interest, to get that deep into market analysis, I find the Dow 30 review to be really helpful. If you take a look at a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average going back 100 years and overlay it with the S&P500, they look pretty much the same. So if their correlations are that high, then going through the Dow 30 components on both weekly and daily timeframes is a much more efficient use of time.
First of all, these are 30 of the most important stocks in America, so that by definition makes them 30 of the most important in the world. Second, we want to take a weight-of-the-evidence approach here and ask ourselves, Are there more good ones or bad ones?
Today I wanted to walk you through the process so you can see where I’m coming from as I lay out my conclusions. [Read more…]
You will find that Gold is a sensitive subject for many people. They behave differently than they normally do around this topic. My friend Dr. Phil has me reading Beck’s work on Cognitive Behavior Therapy so I can continue learning about how we behave as humans and why. It’s amazing how I see it specifically in the market but also in the rest of the world every day. The Gold Market is no different. There’s definitely something there. If you’ve been in this business long enough, you’ve noticed how people act differently about this one specific investment. Even investors who don’t have positions in this rock still have an opinion on it and one that steers away from their traditional approach.
It’s fascinating and I’ve been studying this for many years. I’m lucky that some of my predecessors who ultimately turned into mentors of mine used to price stocks and other assets in Gold terms. When I was a lot younger, this really helped me think more logically with respect to money flow around the world. Those early lessons have helped to this day. I have Gold to thank for that. (you see how in my mind, I also have an personal history with gold?) [Read more…]
Every month I host a conference call for All Star Charts Premium Members where we discuss ongoing themes throughout the global marketplace as well as changes in trends where new positions would be most appropriate. This includes U.S. Stocks & Sectors, International Stock Indexes, Commodities, Currencies and Interest Rate Markets.
We’ve been bullish towards US and Global Stocks as they remain in strong uptrends on any sort of intermediate-term time horizon. I still think this is an environment where we need to be buying weakness in stocks, not selling strength. The weight of the evidence is still pointing to an increased amount of risk appetite, not risk aversion. We will go over a multi-timeframe approach on this conference call where we will start with the longer-term and then work our way down to more short-term to intermediate-term investing ideas. This will also include other assets like Gold, Silver, Crude Oil and Interest Rates.
I’ll do my best to lay out my weight of the evidence conclusions and walk you step by step with how I got there! This month’s Conference Call will be held on Tuesday September 12th at 7PM ET. Here are the Registration Details: [Read more…]
The monthly charts aren’t saying anything. Charts can’t speak remember? It’s up to us to take the behavior of the market and come up with our own interpretations of what is going on. There is no easy way to do this, just a lot of wrong ways. To help us continue to stay on the right side of the market, we always need to reevaluate the circumstances and come at it from all sorts of different angles. Usually we try and do that by incorporating International Indexes and Intermarket relationships into our process. Time, however, is probably the best tool we have in order to accomplish this. Using multiple timeframes throughout my process is the best way I know how to identify the direction of the primary trend. It’s hard to miss it when you’re consistently using Daily, Weekly and in this case, Monthly charts in your approach.
I have a lot of Monthly charts, as you can imagine. But the truth is that for this particular segment I try and focus on the message of the charts as a group. This exercise also really helps point out certain trends that you may have missed had you only gone back 5-10 years. These monthly candlesticks also tend to tell a story. So there are a lot of benefits in reviewing monthly charts at least once a, well month, because those are the only times they change. Even if you’re not a professional, going through monthly candles once a quarter is probably a good idea. I encourage everyone to incorporate this somehow into their process.
Here are some of the things that stand out to me in the this Monthly Candlestick Review: [Read more…]
You can data-mine all you want. Tell me the world is ending, the U.S. President is crazy, nuclear war is around the corner, the N.Y. Jets don’t have a quarterback…..Whatever it is that you’re using to justify your heavy cash positions or short exposure the past 18 months, just remember this: Stocks are hitting all-time highs. Let’s go over this again: Stocks are not just hitting multi-month highs, or even 52-week highs. Stocks that are driven by supply and demand dynamics of investors all over the world are at the highest levels in the history of stocks.
So how do we define stocks? That’s the tricky part. Is it the S&P500? Although it’s only 1.4% away from an all-time high, and clearly in a strong uptrend defined by higher highs and higher lows, I would argue that it’s only part of the equation. What about the Russell3000, which represents approximately 98% of all investable assets in the U.S. equities market? Although just 1.7% from its all-time high, it is still just representing 1 country. There has to be a better way. [Read more…]
It’s hard to keep your emotions out of your portfolio decisions. Throughout evolution, the way we are built is to be horrible investors because we’re hard-wired to make the exact opposite decision to what is right simply if our emotions are running high. That’s just science. I’ve read a lot about this and discussed it with Doctors. It’s a fascinating subject, particularly for someone who is interested in the behavior of markets. The first step to recovery is understanding that we have a problem right? We’re designed to be terrible investors. After recognizing this flaw of ours, it is now our duty as savers and investors to either be able to put those emotions aside somehow or, in our case, try to take advantage of the majority of people around us who do not recognize this flaw and continue to make the same mistakes. Computers or not, Algos or not, there is a tremendous arbitrage there.
I remember throughout 2008 I would wake up every day hoping for horrible things to occur because I was short Banks and S&Ps. It made me feel sick to my stomach. I was early too. We starting getting really short in the first couple of weeks of January ’08. Imagine every day wishing for America’s largest financial institutions to go bankrupt resulting in everyone losing their jobs, including friends of mine. This is just so I can make a buck (or a lot of bucks in this case). Every single day I would hope it was the beginning of a complete global financial meltdown. [Read more…]