This is the most valuable analysis I do every month. When you sit there with some music on and just rip through monthly charts, it really gives you perspective. We’re taking a step back and reanalyzing the trends. It’s easy to get caught in the day-to-day noise. This exercise helps avoid getting whipped around. I encourage everyone to make their own list of Monthly Candles. [Read more…]
This weekend was our second annual Chart Summit. I still can’t believe all the amazing feedback that continues to come in after this event. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, both the presenters and the audience members. I didn’t think we could make something even better than the original, but I think based on the responses, we may have actually pulled it off. Wow!
Our video production folks are hard at work putting all the videos together, but I’ve picked out the ones I did so I can share with all of you as soon as possible. The rest will be out this week.
On Monday, I shared the video of the first presentation I gave which was about my process. You can watch that here. In this next video, we take all of those tools and techniques I explained in Video 1 and apply them to the current market environment. Here you will see me walk through the top/down approach using current global and US markets. Then we’ll break things down to the individual sector & industries before finally isolating specific risk vs reward opportunities in individual stocks.
Here is the video in full: [Read more…]
This is the video recording of the January Conference Call. It’s our first of the year and I just want to reiterate that we want to forget everything we thought we knew last year and approach the current market environment with an open mind. To stay true to ourselves, we want to start from the top and work our way all the way down, responsibly weighing all of the evidence along the way. Beginning with a global macro perspective, we’ll then break things down to the Indexes, then the Sectors & Industry Groups and finish with the stock ideas themselves.
I think there is an overwhelming theme of strength in natural resources, particularly metals and energy. The would be a consistent with a weaker U.S. Dollar and higher Interest Rate environment. Here is the video in full where I lay out my best case for the coming weeks and months:
Since September we’ve been in the camp that the US Dollar is heading higher and potentially a lot higher. So if you want to be long the US Dollar, that is one way to take advantage of it. Short Euro has been another. But my favorite has been to be short the Gold Miners, particularly the more vulnerable Junior Gold Miners $GDXJ. So far this is working well. But I think it’s worth reiterating that we, in general, want to approach the marketplace within the context of what we think will be a rising US Dollar environment.
Today we’re taking a closer look at what’s going on here: [Read more…]
They say not to kick someone when they’re down. But in the market it’s the opposite. When they are down is exactly when you want to kick them. This is especially the case when they are down while other things are up. We don’t want to be shorting the strongest stocks. We want to be shorting the underperformers where the holders are losers, they’re wrong, stuck and need to get out, but can’t. We are here, not only to make money on the upside of things, but also to benefit from the losses of others. When this pain starts to really set in, that’s when we want to kick them, when they’re down!
In this case I have 3 examples of people who are down. This is in the face of stocks ripping: [Read more…]
You guys know how I feel about equities. We’ve been on the right of the trade while all the gloom-and-doomers and noisemakers are pulling their hair our of their heads trying to figure out why stocks won’t fall. To me, it’s been fairly clear: Stocks are in uptrends and that’s what stocks in uptrends do, they go up. This has been the trend globally, domestically, large-caps, small-caps, you name it. Talk about breadth expansion, I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw this much broad participation out of equities. I encourage you to go through the Chartbook and look through all of the International Stock Indexes, U.S. Averages, Sectors, Dow Components, Transportation Components and additional Stocks of Interest. They can all be found here on multiple timeframes.
Today lets turn our attention to the commodities and currency markets. There are always uncorrelated trades we can find in these workbooks of charts that can help diversify a portfolio. [Read more…]
I can’t tell you guys how important it is to stop whatever you’re doing and take a step back. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the day to day noise and forget about the underlying trends in the market. We’re human. We’re built to be this way. But recognizing this flaw is an important step in correcting it and trying to benefit from the fact that others are unaware. One of my favorite ways to do this is to look through a series of Monthly Candlestick Charts at the end of every month. Remember, we don’t want to look at these mid-month as candles are incomplete. It is the final results that we are most concerned with.
We want to use this bigger picture strategy to identify the directions of the underlying trends in the market. This goes for all markets: Stocks, both U.S. and Globally, Interest Rates, Precious Metals, Energy, Currencies, etc. This is how we know what the trends are so we can then go to our weekly and daily charts to look for more tactical opportunities within those ongoing trends. This is a very important element to our top/down approach. [Read more…]
One of the more interesting scenarios across the global market place is what is happening in the US Dollar, and the Euro component more specifically. Remember, the Euro represents a majority in the entire US Dollar Index. On Monday, the Euro engulfed the prior 13 trading sessions. This means that it made a new low, below the past few weeks trading, and then reversed to close at a new high, above any of the highs over the past few weeks. [Read more…]