June 5th, 2008.

That was the day where the bear market began in earnest.  After that day, it never looked back. 

The final posted low was 666, on March 6th

Let that sink in for a while:   Six-six-six, on the sixth.  There is much more going on than the general public realizes.

We wrestle not with flesh and blood …

Getting back to that day on June 5th, those old enough will remember the market had been trending lower for about three weeks.

Then, on Thursday the fifth, there was a huge rally.  The S&P moved up over 2% on the day.

This rally as it turned out was just short covering.  The next day, price opened gap-lower and moved swiftly lower to new daily lows.

The move down was about -3.5% on the day.  There was no denying at that point, it’s a bear market, potentially a crash (which it was).

Is that same scenario what just happened today, Friday?

Looking at the analysis that Sajad put out on August 15th   He showed “there’s one final move to go”: Time stamp, 5:20

His quote is shown on the chart.  Indeed, the Dow 30, the DIA, had one more move to go before reversal.

If the coming Monday, opens gap lower and posts a new daily low, the market is performing in a way that’s similar to June 5th of 2008.

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Theory vs. Action

Successful market speculators and traders, are not intellectuals.  There’s a difference between smart and savvy.

This is why scientific professionals such as doctors and engineers (author’s empirical opinion), are some of if not the worst market losers.

That statement is backed up by many sources, just two of which are below:

In Dr. Alexander’s book Come Into My Trading Room, he gives a brief reference to a Cybernetics PhD., market trader that had to ‘overcome’ his intellectual superiority to be successful.

In Market Wizards, Ed Seykota discussed a need to use his MIT Engineering degree (his intellect) in ways that won’t hurt him too badly in the marketplace.

There are now two theories on the U.S. bond market (links below) and we’ve been monitoring that market closely.  The bond action, TNX, looks like it’s about to break out with rates higher.

On Friday, we saw the market and bonds move lower together. 

The next meltdown may be a simultaneous collapse of the market and bonds.

The effect of such a move would be to wipe out retirees, the middle class and wealth management firms all at the same time.

Bond theory says, bonds will remain under control and interest rates low.  Bond action says, bonds will be sold off with rates rising.

Going to price action of the 10-year, it’s critical juncture status from the last post has not changed.  In fact, price action shows bonds even more tenuous.

Professional trading is based on price action, not theory.

At this juncture, going short (selling) the bond market (not advice) appears to be the lower risk position.

The past week has the press and public all aghast at a minor (percentage wise) blip lower. 

We’re probably on the last bubble for this cycle.  The markets could ‘air-pocket’ into several gaps lower; say, 25% – 50%, overnight.

Be Prepared

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All But One

Of the nine market indices listed below, only one has a bearish weekly MACD cross-over:  Biotech

IYM:  Basic Materials

IBB:  Biotech

DIA:  Dow 30

IYT:  Dow transports

QQQ:  NASDAQ 100

IYR:  Real Estate

IWM:  Russell 2000

SOXX:  Semiconductors

SPY:  S&P 500

Yesterday, the indices were are at all time highs except for real estate (IYR), biotech (IBB), and Russell 2000 (IWM). 

Looking at IYR and IWM, we can see, although they are below the high, there’s still a persistent up-trend.

Even with today’s on-going reversal (three-hours before close), only biotech has posted a bearish, weekly MACD cross-over.

Of course, it won’t be known until after the fact why biotech is unique.  A hint at what might be the reason, is here (if it’s still available).

A gallery of the weekly index charts, listed above (as of 9/2/20) can be found here.

The focus of this firm, since June 3rd, exactly three months ago, has been biotech and its impending reversal.

A significant short position has been established over those three months via BIS, the 2X, inverse fund. Current Stop: 32.18

So, just what is ‘significant’?  How big is that?

To be transparent, without giving specifics, avoiding the usual internet keyboard warrior, and/or hater, the position is as follows:

We’re short what amounts to a full year’s wage for the typical American worker.  Fair enough?

When the position is closed out, results will be posted on the company site, located here.

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Biotech Breakdown

Biotech is breaking down, now.

For this firm, going short has been an on-again, off-again, back on-again affair.

Fotosearch_k16630038-borderThose with engineering degrees (including this author) or some other science degree, would have decided long ago, since the original entry’s not perfect (being stopped out), the idea must be wrong.

Others easily distracted (those with i-phones) would have given up as well … only to see their (short) premise come to fruition without them.

So, here we are.  Biotech (IBB) is breaking down with inverse BIS moving higher while the overall market continues to rise.  As of this post, the S&P 500, is up 25-points or about +0.75%.

The chart and the expanded insert, show trading activity over the past two weeks.

2020-08-24_10-04-52-BIS-Daily-5-bar-notes-insert-notesPrior to the ‘exit’ point shown, we’re positioned long BIS (short biotech).  Then, price action broke down through the prior day’s low.  BIS was exited entirely.

Almost immediately after the break, the down-side price bar was challenged with up-side action.

After that, next day saw even more upside.  When new daily highs were posted, BIS was re-entered.

Two days later, last Friday, the trade was increased by 7%.  Just topping it all off for what amounts to a full position.

Since we’re using trading techniques from early masters, the last two months or so, mimic actions that may have been taken by Livermore or Wyckoff.

Not saying we’re in the same league as them.  Just saying based on their writings, the approach mimics documented trading behavior in the markets of their time.

At this point and being fully positioned, we wait.  Livermore put it as:  “Get right, and sit tight”.

An obvious stop level is anything below today’s BIS low of:  33.01.

 

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Is Corn The Catalyst?

Bonds, biotech, the banks; or is it corn that’s the catalyst?

Everyone’s focused on the markets, the S&P 500.

Fotosearch_k8956751Meanwhile, back at the farm (literally), the food supply is undergoing controlled demolition.

If the supply chain continues to be restricted with prices rising ever higher, the silver and gold ‘stackers’, may have to liquidate their hoard just to survive.

Getting back to corn; the technical position of the ETF, CORN was highlighted yesterday in this post.

Now, with about an hour before market close, CORN has posted a 38% retrace and reversal ( if close is at or above current levels).

On top of that, it may be too early but maybe not.  CORN is now trending upward at over 400%, annualized.

One day, does not a trend make.  Then again, wouldn’t it be nice to know early on of the possibility?

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Shorting The Bond Market

Who goes first?  Do bonds break to the downside, rates up, market reverses lower into a potential crash; a-la October 1987?

Or, does the market (S&P 500) peak and reverse with a flight to safety (bonds) that mitigates or negates a sharp rise in rates.

Fotosearch_k6354877Maybe it’s stocks and bonds going lower together.  No safe havens.  Is it possible?

Early this session, the ten-year rate (inverse of bonds), is hovering just below the trend-line shown in the last post.

The bond bull market has lasted forty years.  Since 1980.  Obviously, at some point, it’s over.

With long bonds (10-yr, 20-yr) hovering near a breakout to lower levels, all it would take is some kind of ‘event’ to tip the scales.

Remember that Prechter  (no matter what you think of him) said years ago, the market leads the news … not the other way around.  It’s a complete mind-shift to understand that market position, price action, actually set the conditions for news events.

The market does not ‘react’ to the news, it ‘creates’ the news itself.  So, the bond market may be about to create an event.

With that in mind, inverse fund TBT attempts to give exposure to twice the downside of the 20-year bond.

In a nutshell, if the long bond moves lower, TBT moves higher at approximately twice the percentage amount.

The chart of TBT is below and it looks very similar to the $TNX chart in the prior update.  Looking closely, one can see the downward bias errors.  With each move lower in the $TNX, the TBT moves lower still.

It’s common with all inverse funds.

2020-08-17_9-07-32-TBT-Daily-3-bar-notesEffectively trading TBT requires a sustained down move in the corresponding market (to mitigate the down-bias).  The latest example shows bonds ready to break lower with rates ($TNX) moving higher.

TBT could be in a position for trade entry (not advice).

Additionally, if bonds break decisively lower, they have potential to stop dead what’s left of the economy:  Housing market, lumber market, building construction, and on.

Remember ‘the speck‘.  It’s all about the speck floating through the air.

On a separate topic and as a courtesy (not financial advice), the short position in biotech via BIS, was closed early this session as price action hit the pre-determined 8.15, stop.

Gain on the overall short position was about 5%.

 

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Bonds Critical

The 10-year bond has reversed.  Rates are moving higher.

Fotosearch_k0005935-borderIf the chart pattern (below) is in effect, if price action moves according to the breakout forecast, real estate … along with lumber prices, as well as the entire economy could experience a series of dramatic ‘air pockets’ all-the-way-down.

Of course, all of this is because of a little ‘speck’ floating around in the air.

Rates are at the wedge trend-line and instead of a breakout upward (as expected), could reverse back lower.  Anything can happen.  The next week is likely to be very interesting.

2020-08-16_8-43-46-TNX-Daily-3-bar-notes

 

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September, 1929

The stock market peaked on September 3rd, 1929, the Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day for 2020, is Monday, September 7th

The bond market has posted a double top and reversed.  Rates are moving up.

Now, the stock market is stretched, extended and rates are rising; similar to August 1987.

Antique-Ticker-borderThe problem is, it’s similar by an order of magnitude or more.

Remember in the most recent downturn, there were trading halts, brokerage server blow-ups and customer accounts going completely off-line.

In that situation, if someone is long and expecting to beat the herd on the way out, good luck.

The firm sponsoring these updates and analysis stopped trading the (equity) long side of the market years ago; recognizing at any moment, the entire system could break-down with any open positions effectively locked.

If there’s another large break with orders, positions, accounts ‘trapped’, for hours or possibly days; who wants to be on the long side of the market?

Downside Leader

Two months ago in this post, the idea was floated that biotech, IBB may be the downside leader.

It certainly didn’t look like it at the time.

Biotech even went on to make a new high … potentially negating the theory.

shutterstock_146355983It’s different now.

After that new high, IBB has reversed and is trending lower.

On the other hand, the overall market, S&P 500, continues its push upward.

It’s within 1% of all time highs.

Pre-market action as of this post, has the S&P opening up about 0.4%, higher … ever closer.

At this juncture, biotech has hinted at downside leadership.  That hint my become a solid fact if and when the S&P has a decisive downside reversal.

 

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Upwards, Sideways & Down

Fotosearch_k8916628-1That’s the direction of the Dow Jones 30, the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000.

Intermediate and advanced trading professionals understand what this means.

When a market has experienced a long, sustained advance that may cover months and years … near the end of that advance and just prior to the ultimate top, the market thins out.

That’s the process whereby fewer and fewer stocks are participating in the advance.  Essentially, the bear market has already started as more and more stocks fall away from the uptrend.

In fact, ZeroHedge just reported the S&P 500 in its narrowest (11-day) closing range in history:  An unprecedented event.

Now that we appear to be at the upward extreme, what happens next may be unprecedented as well.

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