“The Big One” for Real Estate

Subtle Clues, Time’s Up

‘Sometimes it seems as if the market hangs in the balance by the weight of a feather.’: Wyckoff, circa 1910.

Is this the big reversal to the downside?

Before we get to that answer, let’s review two recent market pivots (including today).

A Day To Remember

Back on May 4th, the post with the same title, linked here, was to be used for reference on a go-forward basis.

The post has a linked article, whose comment section could be surmised as the bourgeois rebuke of a 78-year-old fund manager.

That manager was quoted as saying, “It’s the biggest bear market of my life”; to which the younger crowd responded with derision, effectively saying the old man’s a dolt, an idiot, a doofus and needs to retire.

Now that time has passed, let’s remind ourselves when the quote was published with the daily (IYR) chart below.

Not only did IYR, not close higher after that, it never printed higher either. It was the top of the pivot reversal, to the day.

The 23.6%, Retrace

Then we have this report just days ago, showing IYR’s price action coming back to a (very weak) Fibonacci 23.6%, retrace.

The daily chart repeated below, showed the ‘risk’ on a short position as approximately 1.04-pts (not advice, not a recommendation).

Risk Narrows Even More

As a result of today’s new daily low and lower close, one can (theoretically) reduce the risk of a short position even further (not advice, not a recommendation).

The risk is now defined as the distance between today’s close (IYR: 93.32) and Friday’s high of IYR: 93.96

A subsequent push above Friday’s high negates the short and would likely indicate a potential move to a 38.2%, retrace.

Subtleties of The Market

A lower daily print and marginally lower close (IYR down just – 0.39-pts.) does not look like anything of consequence.

We’ll see about that, at the next session.

Stealth Crash?

Lastly, we have this and especially this.

Could we be right in the middle of a historic crash and not even know it?

Of course, it’s never for sure, until it’s over.

However, if shorting opportunities are being spotted, entered, and managed correctly, probabilities are that one will already be positioned short when ‘the big one’ hits.

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Active: Positioned short via SRS (SRS-22-01), with stop at SRS: 16.38

Recession First … Depression Next

The Last Place To Be … Real Estate

The most illiquid of all ‘assets’: Real Estate

Two quarters of negative GDP (even with cooked books) equals recession.

Next up, full-blown depression.

Some would argue (like J.B. and Dan) that we’re already in a depression … we skipped the recession part altogether.

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Anyone who thinks the Fed’s going to ‘pivot’ because the numbers are weak, does not understand (or won’t admit to) the real purpose of the entity; but I digress.

The Strategy

Way back in December of 2020, this post was released which discussed ‘Genesis 41’, specifically.

It was an intuitive assessment; we’re in a phase where corn and grain (i.e., the food supply) are potentially more important than ‘stacking‘ silver or gold.

Over the ensuing year and a half, how correct, that has proven to be.

Then, nine-months ago, was this post, presenting the ‘elephant’; a massive population decline whose repercussions would last the lifetimes of anyone reading.

Now, we have this. A report that confirms the elephant.

It’s all starting to hit the mainstream, although the language is still being couched to not cause undue panic. Good luck with that.

So, what’s next?

The Danger Point: Real Estate

While mainstream press and money managers alike struggle to figure out the obvious, we have price action itself telling us the next likely direction of the market.

During an economic downturn there are many places not to be such as semiconductors, airlines and other low margin businesses, restaurants and so on.

However, the most illiquid of all, is real estate. It does not matter how bad one wants to sell, if there is no buyer, there is no sale.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly Chart

Last week, real estate IYR, closed right at the Fibonacci 23.6% retrace as shown.

Getting closer in on the daily, it’s marked up to show the risk from a shorting perspective (not advice, not a recommendation).

Real Estate IYR, Daily Chart

In this case, the risk on a short position is defined as the distance from last Friday’s high (IYR: 93.96) to that same week’s high of IYR: 95.0

Let’s add, Friday’s action saw IYR, retrace a Fibonacci 76.4% (the most available) of the entire move for the week.

The Summary

Amazon (AMZN), ProLogis (PLD), and Real Estate IYR, are joined at the hip.

Now the economy’s imploding, massive warehouse space is not needed.

Ditto that for employees as well.

ProLogis is already down – 31.2%, from its all-time highs set just this past April.

We’ve already shown PLD, has a nasty habit of going straight down during a market route.

Last time, PLD, crashed over – 84%, in just two months.

It’s likely to be worse, this time around.

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Dumpster Fire … Real Estate

Price Reductions, Accelerating

From a technical perspective, it’s a disaster.

The last post showed price action had nowhere to go but down.

In that post, a trading channel was identified on the weekly chart.

Now, this week, with the action from the past three sessions and possibly a fourth (today), the channel is being confirmed.

Then, we have this:

Price Reductions Accelerating … At Record Pace

As if on cue, to support the assertion from Tuesday’s gold update; specifically:

“We should expect market events to reach never before seen extremes.”

We’re getting that same ‘never before extreme’, in real estate; presenting itself as accelerating price reductions.

At time stamp 5:20 at this link, we can see a graphical presentation of that collapse.

To borrow a quote from Dan at i-Allegedly: ‘Anyone who thinks price reductions are going to taper off, are kidding themselves’.

We’re just getting started.

Real Estate IYR, Daily Close

It’s about fifteen minutes before the open and IYR, is trading down nearly – 2%, in the pre-market.

That action confirms the declining channel shown.

As a result of this week’s apparent pivot (identified in the last post), a new channel appears to be emerging.

This one’s more aggressive.

If the new channel ‘sticks’, real estate trouble’s happening faster than most would expect.

Pulling out a little farther on the chart shows the downside potential.

Declining at nearly – 95%, annualized hardly seems possible.

Nearly everyone has been lulled to sleep with the orderly decline of the markets thus far.

In non-related but nevertheless connected event, the situation world-wide is moving faster, not slower.

It does not matter these events are completely fabricated (as was The Speck).

The effects of the fabrication are real.

Wyckoff Analysis Leads The Way

This week’s reversal off of last week’s trend lines confirms their existence.

Price action itself is leading the way; this is the crux of Wyckoff analysis.

The market itself defines what’s important.

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Predatory Lending = Collapse

The Top, Is In

Just like the last bubble but worse.

That’s the assessment from agents in the field on the imminent real estate implosion.

Interest rates have risen dramatically, applications have evaporated, properties not moving as before, prices are dropping, lenders deploying the last resort; Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARM).

When the ARMs, show up in force, it’s over.

Technical & Fundamental

Over the past several days, the real estate situation has been assessed from both a technical (chart) perspective as well as the fundamentals.

The bottom line (below), is so long, it may have to be covered in several posts.

  • On a weekly and daily close basis, IYR has contacted underside resistance.
  • On a weekly and daily close basis, IYR has contacted the right side of a downward trading channel.
  • Multiple gap-fills at IYR, 91 and 94. Volume declines over – 22.5%, on the second gap-fill.
  • Multiple rising wedge breaks on multiple time-frames signal a potential drop of – 41.5%, from current levels.
  • Trading volume contracting (as price is rising) on multiple time frames, indicates potential lack of trader commitment to higher prices.
  • Financial press gets in the game (with several reports), saying ‘now is the time to buy’.
  • As highlighted above, once the Adjustable Rates dominate, the top is in.
  • This top may be far worse than ’07 – ’08, as debt levels are much higher, consumer is tapped-out and there is a massive ‘elephant’.
  • That elephant is now going mainstream with the resultant effect of unprecedented population decline/disablement.

So, let’s get started.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly Close

Un-marked chart.

Test of underside resistance

Zoom of underside contact.

Right side trendline.

Zoom of contact points.

Trading Channel

Wedge Break: Daily Chart

Zoom of break and test

Wedge Break: Weekly Chart

Note:

A measured move to 55-area, gets IYR, back to 2020 lows. That’s a reasonable expectation for an initial leg down.

If we use Prechter’s assessment concerning bubbles (manias), price action eventually retraces every bit (sometimes more) of the entire bubble move.

That puts the ultimate destination of IYR, somewhere in the vicinity of 14.0, or lower, representing a decline of – 88%.

Closing Argument

Remember this gold breakout?

It was going to be $3,000/oz., in months, not years.

Gold-O-Mania was coming. You could even sign up and pay money to read the group-think of the imminent launch.

Well, obviously at this point, $3,000/oz., is nowhere in sight.

Gold (GLD) is even lower now than it was then. On top of that, the ‘changing of hands’ assessment has not been negated; prices continue to grind lower.

Having the financial press cheerlead at the exact wrong time, is an (almost) necessary component to identify a lasting reversal.

As we can see here and here, the financial media’s position is, we’re heading higher. There is ‘real buying’ (whatever that is) for the first time in weeks.

However, from the chart evidence presented above (and we didn’t even get to ‘gap-fills’, ‘multiple wedges’, ‘contracting volume’ … maybe later), it’s hard to present that price action will somehow move significantly higher.

Price action behavior above, appears to point to an immediate or very near-term downside reversal.

Summary

Lastly, we have this from Activist Post: Real estate housing crash in progress.

Be careful. If you read the article, can you see the ruse?

It’s been discussed before on this site. That is, the real purpose of the Fed.

All is going according to plan.

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Economic Free-Fall

Anecdotal Data, Says Implosion

As we speak, economic activity is shutting down … fast.

Amazon shipments cancelled, gas stations going dry, banks halt lending, real estate sales collapse.

Meanwhile, the market’s in a short-squeeze.

What happens next?

We’ll discuss real estate and biotech farther down but first the data sources.

Dan from i-Allegedly reports here, he still has a couple of rubes (my word) that think the market just bottomed out.

Good luck with that.

As we’ll show below, the real estate bear market (IYR) rebound, was identified ahead of time.

Next, we have Red Hurricane describing one semi-trailer load after another being cancelled. He hauls for Amazon.

Shipping activity’s contracting, seemingly, by the minute.

Lastly, this link where the D-word, ‘Depression’ is used within the first one-minute, twenty seconds.

Bottom-out in the stock market? Probably not.

So, let’s take a look at real estate IYR, and see where it might go next.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly Chart

The last update (link, here) showed potential to rise into a test of resistance. That’s exactly what happened.

Back then:

And now:

With zoom

Obviously, the upward test happened much quicker than anticipated … but it was anticipated … no surprise.

Real estate got itself into Wyckoff spring position; so, a rebound (test) is normal market behavior … short-squeeze or not.

If it was a squeeze and if it’s over, we can expect an immediate drop in price action. We’ll analyze that as it plays-out in the coming week.

Now, on to biotech, SPBIO

Biotech SPBIO ($SPSIBI), Weekly

Some housekeeping first.

Obviously last week, with being short, more downside action was anticipated resulting in upside for LABD.

On Friday, that did not happen. Biotech was part of the squeeze as well.

The short position via LABD, identified as LABD-22-02, was reduced but not exited completely (not advice, not a recommendation).

At present this is where we are.

First, we’ll start by inverting the chart to mimic the action of 3X inverse, LABD.

Next, we’ll zoom-in and highlight the ‘squeeze’.

Doesn’t look like much when viewed that way does, it?

Next, we’re going to zoom-in, on the zoom

In spite of all the squeeze chaos on Friday, price action could not post a new weekly low (high on the non-inverted).

We’ll see this Tuesday, if that’s important or not.

This post is getting long but let’s end with the rule of alternation. The same chart is marked up below.

If this rule is still in-effect, we’re at a juncture where one can expect a ‘simple’ alternation.

We’ve already had complex action on the prior congestion; so, we can expect current action to be simple in character.

That means, price action’s not likely to stick around at these levels whether it’s going up or down.

Based on the above analysis, the expectation for Tuesday’s open is a gap lower for SPBIO and higher for LABD.

If that does not happen, something else is at work … we’ll report on that as necessary.

Summary

Has the market bottomed out? Not likely.

Those who are at this late stage, still arguing with Jerimiah Babe and Dan (and Patera), that the market’s rebounding, everything’s fine, are in a state of delusion.

The mindless herd following spending with ever newer cars, moving up to the McMansion, opulent vacations, posting it all on Facebook is most decidedly, gone.

It’s finished. It’s Done.

The problem is, as J.B. notes above (time stamp 7:15 and 8:30), those still living that life don’t seem to know it’s over.

For the leaders, the tiny minority and those reading this post, who are, or who have been preparing for years, it means potential huge (life changing) opportunities.

That is, as long as the markets, the banks and other infrastructure stay open; not guaranteed in any way.

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Could Real Estate Rally?

How Is That Possible?

It’s possible, because price action is always the final arbiter.

Before the rest of the report, some housekeeping.

Real Estate IYR, has broken the down trend lines previously discussed.

A discretionary (not stop related) exit was performed on all positions at approximately DRV 46.45.

Trade DRV-22-02, is officially closed.

If the market turns around and looks like IYR is about to resume its downtrend, the DRV position could be re-established (not advice, not a recommendation).

As it stands, profit on the entire DRV-22-02, was in the vicinity of +19.2%.

That’s not too bad, considering the rest of the population is losing their shirts as reported here.

There were 25 DRV, transactions during the trade.

Where to Now?

Real estate can resume the downtrend, or it can test the underside of support, now resistance (shown below).

Under ‘normal’ market conditions, a test is typical behavior.

However, we’re in a financial collapse so anything is possible.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly

The chart above paints a familiar picture.

The overall trend is down. However, that does not mean price can’t go higher.

In fact, as we all know, the sharpest rallies occur in the middle of bear markets.

Whether we get one now, is unknown. Typical market behavior is to come back to the resistance area (black axis line) for a test.

Summary

From personal standpoint, I’ll take the near 20% gain (not advice, not a recommendation) and stand on the sidelines for a more definitive set-up.

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Weekly, Wrap-Up

The Usual Suspects

No. 1

Carvana Fires 2,500 Employees

We didn’t see that one coming. Or, did we?

Just a quick review of this report posted over six-months ago:

“If your biggest claim to fame is that you ‘invented’ a vending machine … you’ve got real problems.”

“As the economy (if you can call it that) falls off the cliff, one of these two (CMX, CVNA), is not likely to survive.”

Well, looks like we have the answer on that one.

From the date of the report above to last Friday’s close, CVNA, is down -87.8%.

Measured from all-time highs, CVNA, is down -91.1%.

As CVNA, swirls down the drain of ‘disruption’, looks like it was only a blip in the land of ‘status quo’.

No. 2

The ProLogis ‘Connection’

Is this a re-print of a prior report?

No, the update below, is essentially a confirmation of the analysis in that (above) report.

Turns out that Amazon (link here) is in negotiations with chief cook and warehouse bottle-washer, ProLogis (here) about terminating massive amounts of lease space.

The entire affair, is an irrefutable confirmation of the Wyckoff analysis method.

That is, ‘the market itself defines it’s next likely course’.

Those on the inside always know something; that ‘something’ (i.e., their actions) shows up on the tape.

After the initial ‘ProLogis Connection’, a follow-up was posted that identified the largest down-thrust energy in ProLogis history.

From that report was this quote:

“We’re using PLD, as the proxy for the real estate (IYR) sector as it’s the largest cap equity.”

“That’s true for now … but maybe not for long.”

How quickly things change.

ProLogis is now the number two in the IYR market cap and very close to being third.

No. 3

Wealth Confiscation Coming Soon

The first two bullets perceived events before they happened, so let’s make it three-in-a-row.

This one’s pretty much a no-brainer.

During the last meltdown in 2007 – 2009, IRA retirement accounts came within a hairs-width of being confiscated.

This time around, could be for sure.

The following’s a section of a report written years ago.

It’s even more relevant now.

Begin Report

4/7/19

Government To Confiscate IRAs?  It’s Easy

There has been enough time for the American working (and saving) public to take the lessons of the 2007- 2009 meltdown and act accordingly.

One of those lessons would have been to realize, just how close they came to having their IRAs confiscated.

Personally, I’m surprised that any of the following links below are still active.  Well, who’s looking at this stuff anyway?  Certainly, not the general public:

Dems Target

Fact Check

Congress considering

Government to Confiscate (no longer active)

Confiscation of Private Retirement

Even in the Wall St. Journal:  Targeting your 401K

After reading several of these reports in 2009 and later, it did not take long for me to set the plan in motion to cash out … completely.  I took the 10% penalty, while it’s still 10% and liquidated my accounts.

The rest of the population?  Not so much.

I think it was Prechter who laid out just how easy it is for the government to seize IRA accounts.  It’s basically a two step process.

Step 1.  The market drops 50% to 70%.  Remember, the drop from 2007 to the bottom in 2009 was 58%.

Step 2.  Declare a state of emergency (executive order) for the working population and move in to “save” the IRA accounts from more devastation.  The result would involve a stiff withdrawal penalty (say 50%) and to “protect” the accounts from further losses, IRAs can only invest in U.S. Treasuries or Bonds.

It’s that easy. 

As stated previously, wealth does not necessarily mean gold and silver.  That too can (and has been in the past) be confiscated.

In fact, I and my firm are already operating as if the next crisis is in full swing and asset confiscation is the norm.  That way, we don’t have to come up to speed quickly in what may be an extreme stress situation. 

End Report

One could propose that (IRA) legislation is already written.

Just like the CARES Act was already written and submitted to committee in January of 2019, nine months before there was any kind of outbreak.

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Real Estate … ‘Train Wreck, Ahead’

Channel Confirmation

Does it really matter if IYR’s channel is at -99%, or -93.5%?

The sector’s going down fast; that’s the important part.

Unless there’s some kind of decisive, high-volume break to the upside, we’ve got IYR in a confirmed trading channel, declining at approximately – 93.5%, on an annualized basis.

The morning gap open in IYR, was higher as expected; sated in the pre-market report.

However, instead of reaching the 100%, ‘a-b-c’ target, where wave ‘a’ would be equal to wave ‘c’ (a common occurrence), the gap higher only reached a 61.8% target: indicating significant weakness.

The daily chart, has the situation as of 11:30 a.m., EST

Real Estate IYR, Daily

One thing that’s not happened yet … there is no new daily low for IYR.

It has not posted below yesterday’s low of 93.70.

That’s about the only factor that remains as potential upside for the sector.

If yesterday’s low is penetrated, then it weights probability significantly to the downside (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Saved By the Bell

Closer Look At Real Estate

No sooner than yesterday’s report was released, IYR price action broke upward through its down trendline.

However, the action remained weak with successive attempts to move higher being thwarted.

The sector closed down for the day.

That’s the way of the markets … set ups materialize, come to fruition or fade away.

It’s 20-minutes, before the open; IYR shows higher action.

Based on the bid/ask spreads, we can see on the hourly chart below, action may be about to complete an ‘a-b-c’ corrective move.

Real Estate, IYR Hourly Chart

The area of interest is identified by the magenta circle.

The second chart shows that action with the Fibonacci projection.

Closer-in with Fibonacci ‘a-b-c’ projection

Recall, the rule of alternation says, ‘last time is not this time’.

Price action from yesterday’s session was choppy and overlapping. Today looks to open sharp gap-higher and thus, fulfills the ‘alternation’.

Summary

Obviously, it’s what happens after the open, that’s important.

A swift retrace/reversal and posting an hourly down bar would point probabilities to continued downside for the day.

If we get upward buoyancy instead, we may be in for a protracted upward test.

The hard-stop for the current DRV-22-02, position is unchanged at DRV 45.64 (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Real Estate … Critical Mass

Struggling to Break Out of Wipeout

It’s still early in the session and it looks like real estate’s in serious trouble.

A change of events putting IYR declining at – 99%, annualized.

Several charts of real estate IYR, are presented below; not the least of which is the location of the first ‘DRV’ (3X inverse, IYR), entry.

Strategy, Tactics and Focus are the three tenets laid out by Livermore, Wyckoff and Loeb respectively.

Strategy: The real estate sector is ‘finished’ for this bubble go-round. Look for significant medium to long term trading (position) opportunities.

Tactics: Use Wyckoff analysis to identify the exact location where risk is least; The Danger Point

Focus: Significant trading opportunities are rare. When one is found, it must be used to its fullest extent.

This site presents the method above, in real-time.

The first chart of IYR shows the location of the initial DRV entry (not advice, not a recommendation).

Real Estate IYR, Daily

Positioning short this sector has been fully documented here and here.

As a result of yesterday’s action, also anticipated and documented here, the sector may have pivoted into a sharper trend; a trend declining at – 99%, annualized.

Is that a hyperbolic statement? Not if it happens.

As this post is being created, we’re going to look at the hourly chart of IYR (below) and show that price action is struggling to stay away from that -99%, trendline.

IYR: Hourly Chart

We’re at the top of the hour (11:00 a.m., EST) and the hourly candle may have just confirmed the new trend.

Summary

As said many times on this site, when or if, a major break occurs, there will be no getting in or out (not advice, not a recommendation).

At this juncture, now fifteen minutes past the top of the hour, price action is still struggling.

If it continues lower, does not break the trendline and prints below last week’s low of 92.89, it’s a serious event; more confirmation of the new down-trend.

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