It’s amazing how many people in this world completely ignore monthly charts. I never understood it. It’s an exercise that only needs to be done once a month. It’s not like eating healthy or working out that you have to do it consistently for it to work. This is 30 minutes per month! 30 minutes! 12 times a year. That’s 6 hours of work that will be the most important and productive 6 hours of the entire year. Even if you have a short-term time horizon, all of these shorter-term trends come within the context of a much larger structural picture.
We’re now in February so, of course, we want to talk about what happened in January. I’ll have my friend Jeff Hirsch from Stock Traders Almanac on the podcast this week talking about the seasonal data that is so critical this time of year. But as far as price itself is concerned, we want to rip through all of the monthly charts like we do at the end of every month. I find it really helpful to not just look through the major U.S. and Global Indexes, but also individual sectors, stocks, commodities, currencies and intermarket relationships. We don’t have to look through all 6,000-7000 charts in our universe on monthly timeframes, but I do think a select group of charts should be reviewed consistently. [Read more…]