Bond, Bear Trap … Now ?

TLT, Penetrates Support Early

Looks like bonds (TLT) aren’t wasting any time.

This update proposed we’d get a penetration of support sometime around the upcoming Fed meeting on the 26th of this month.

However, today, TLT price action has moved lower, penetrated support and is resting just below those levels.

Long Bonds (TLT) Weekly

The Weekly chart shows price action hanging just below support levels (blue line).

TLT is at the danger point where risk of going long, is least (not advice, not a recommendation).

My firm has no interest in buying the debt of a bankrupt nation … any nation. So, we’ll stand aside on going long the TLT.

However, we can use this action as a proxy for the overall markets. That is, a strong TLT upside reversal may indicate downward acceleration in the major indices; S&P, Dow, QQQ and on.

Senior Miners, GDX

The daily chart of GDX has posted a new daily low.

This action helps to confirm that GDX remains in the downward trading channel, discussed here and is now continuing to move lower into that channel.

Positioning:

Remaining short GDX via DUST and increasing position size as the market allows (not advice, not a recommendaiton).

Trade identified as DUST-21-01.

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The Danger Point®, trade mark: No. 6,505,279

Bond, Bear Trap … When ?

Let’s Pick A Date

Hovering right at support, the long bond (TLT) is threatening to break through to the downside.

The usual suspects are out (here and here) pontificating about how many rate hikes there’ll be this year or how the Fed’s ‘not doing enough’ to combat inflation.

By now, anybody with two basis-points rubbing together should know, the Fed’s not going to do anything for anyone except itself.

If you’re reading this and have not separated from the nonsense, predictive programming, and mass-psychosis that is the financial press, feel free to do so now.

Not that one has to ignore them altogether.

It’s ok to monitor what they’re doing but ‘ol Zig Ziglar probably stated it best when he said (paraphrasing):

‘I read the Bible and the newspaper every day. That way I know what both sides are up to’. 🙂

Incorporating that worldview into one’s analysis is a healthier, more sane approach than trusting government statistics or mainstream propaganda.

Of course, one also has to be able to strategize and read price action. That’s the hard part.

So, let’s take a look at what bonds (TLT) are doing; then come up with a potential reversal (to the upside) scenario.

Asset Confiscation

Wait !!!

Bonds up and rates down? How is that possible. Aren’t interest rates going up in 2022?

Well, it could happen.

However, there’re several behind the scenes agendas at work; not the least of which is asset confiscation of the middle-class: “You will own nothing”, right?

This confiscation scheme has been planned for so long, it’s even got a name: Neo Feudalism.

If market participants and ‘investors’ find themselves in yet another wipe-out, they’re going to flock to the supposed ‘safety’ of U.S. bonds (just like they did last time).

Couple that with a few potato-head executive orders saying the market’s too dangerous for the proletariat; only bonds can be purchased and voila!!!

Long Bonds, TLT

Will that scenario above, play out in 2022?

Of course, that’s unknown until it actually happens.

However, what we do have as shown in the weekly chart of TLT, is a potential bear trap setting up.

Price action finished this past week hovering just at support. The range narrowed and the volume declined slightly … in effect, validating that support.

We’ve got an FOMC meeting coming up with the usual suspects issuing a propaganda statement at 2:00 p.m., EST on the 26th.

What To Watch:

Between now and then, bond price action could re-write the entire script just as it did with the gold market set-up.

Back then, the original gold (GLD) breakout idea was tabled only to have it show up again a few weeks later.

Note: Gold (GLD) broke to the upside exactly at the (purple) circled area shown:

Time and location, identified in advance.

Of course, the markets are a fluid and fractal mechanism. We’re dealing with probabilities and strategy, not pure (one answer only) mathematics.

Anything can happen.

However, given all the above discussion, the chart of TLT shown, has a reasonable potential to trap the bears in a bullish reversal if it penetrates support.

What’s the most likely time for this to happen?

Well, that would be on or about 2:00 p.m., EST, January 26th (absolutely not advice, not a recommendation).

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The Danger Point®, trade mark: No. 6,505,279

Bonds … Kabuki Theater

Early Session

What Is The Bond Market Saying About Itself?

With all the media press and hype, you would think bond yields have just spiked above 15%.

We have to remind ourselves that everything, that is, every move, every press release, every interview, is controlled.

Controlled for the purpose of “deception” as Livermore put it during an interview with Wyckoff in 1921.

With that in mind, who stands to benefit from the sharp move lower in bonds?

Seems like the obvious answer is, the short-term shorts and the longer-term bulls; especially if the hapless ‘hedge funds’ have jumped on the band wagon to short the market.

Bond (TLT) Analysis:

What Is The Market Saying About Itself?

The sharp move lower over the past four trading sessions, has likely cleared out the weak hands and emboldened the shorts to short some more.

The problem is (for the bears), we’re at a 50% retrace of the March 18th low. In addition, price action has just penetrated well known support.

That puts the bond market (TLT) in spring position.

We can see from today’s open, TLT is gap-higher and now, just below the support level.

We’re at the danger point, where the risk of going long is least (not advice, not a recommendation).

Because the four-day down-draft was so swift, don’t expect TLT to launch into an instant and sustained rally.

There may be quite a bit of testing (if and) before this market heads higher.

Stay Tuned

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Biotech Reversal, Repeating Trend

9:45 a.m, EST

Price action itself defines the trend

The unmarked hourly chart (above) of inverse fund LABD, shows the location of the last update.

That update called for LABD to reverse higher; based on thrust action of the market itself.

Soon after (magenta arrow), LABD pivoted higher.

The right side action has a familiar repeating trend:

The chart below is a compressed version.

The repeating lines have been added. Arrows show contact points:

Strictly as a courtesy, daily chart of LABD is below with notations of buy and sell (not advice, not a recommendation) for my firm’s main account.

A good many that monitor this site have probably become bored with biotech … just as they did with Steven Van Metre’s analysis of bonds (back at the lows).

Van Metre is providing an excellent service. True, he probably has people moving their accounts to him. He’s running a business after all.

However, that does not negate the fact, he’s one of, if not the only one saying that we’re about to enter a deflationary environment (if not just temporally); complete opposite the conformist (and media led) crowd of hyper-inflationists.

Even Johnny Bravo has said, ‘hyper-inflation will come … but when?’

Summary:

The short positioning in biotech (via LABD) continues: Not advice, not a recommendation.

Rumors are swirling now about power outages and cyber attacks with major corporation website shut-downs.

Does anyone really want be to playing around with long positions when torpedoes (to hit the market) are already in the water?

Stay Tuned

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Economic Collapse … The Model

1:44 p.m., EST

South Africa shows us how it’s done

‘Hey J.B., when’s the collapse?’

That’s a comment often seen on any number of Jerimiah Babe’s updates; openly mocking his doom and gloom assessment.

Whether he’s at the local homeless camp in Los Angeles, or in his home next to the golf course, the question remains the same;

‘J.B., When’s the collapse?’

Sometimes his response (if he’s at home) is to turn his head to the window and say “Have you looked outside?”

A good number of American’s have become so pathetically weak, ignorant, and just (to overuse the word) plain stupid, they expect to sit on their newly built patio deck (using last year’s stimmie check) and observe the fall of the U.S. from the comforts of their own back-yard.

Of course, there are some (including this author) who are first generation Americans. Their parents and grandparents emigrated (or escaped) from communist countries.

Those people do not have to ‘wake up’; they were never asleep.

Coming Attractions:

South Africa gives us the model for what’s in store … at least for sections of the U.S.; probably starting first with the blue sates (we’ll see).

You might say, it’s already happening in Portland.

One news item of note shown in this report from South Africa, is neighborhood patrols.

If that’s coming our way, then we’ll need to get outfitted (if not already). Here’s a good place to start.

All of which, brings us to the markets.

Bonds (TLT):

Yesterday’s update showed how the so-called ‘bloodbath‘ was actually a set-up to go long (not advice, not a recommendation).

It didn’t take long for bonds (TLT) to give a Weis method ‘buy signal’. That happened at the open today.

The bull move in bonds does not confirm the ‘re-opening’ hype. That in itself, should be all that’s needed to make decisions.

It is interesting to note; on sites like ZeroHedge, there’s no talk whatsoever that biotech has (already) reversed and is leading the way down.

As of this post, inverse biotech fund LABD, is up about 38%, from its lows of late June. It appears poised for yet another breakout; lower for SPBIO and higher for LABD.

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Garbage In … Garbage Out

10:49 a.m., EST

Another day spent digging in the trash

This morning’s perusal through the usual suspects of finance, leaves the feeling you’re sifting through garbage.

Every once in a while, like yesterday’s post, there’s something useful.

Most times, not.

Today is no different.

Here we have an article about the ‘bond bloodbath’ and how inflation is not transitory.

Instead of falling into the trap of contesting the current false narrative, we’ll take a different approach.

How can the constant stream of financial nonsense, lies and miss-direction, be put to use?

Since the article linked above is about bonds, we’ll use that for our example.

The Bond Market (TLT):

First, the David Weis training video (linked here) has been discussed many times over the years.

We can’t make recommendations but we will make a suggestion; that is, whatever the video costs at this point is well worth it.

Our TLT market entry technique (below), is taken from that video (not advice, not a recommendation).

We’ll start with an unmarked chart of TLT. The ‘bloodbath’ referred to in the link above, is yesterday’s down-draft.

Steven Van Metre has already laid the fundamental groundwork (for about a year) on why bonds will rally.

We’re there now but the market’s not going to let anyone get positioned long easily.

The next chart shows how the Weis technique can be used to get aboard the rally.

Yesterday’s so-called bloodbath, is really a trade entry set-up.

Notice how the market does not come back to the ‘entry’ levels. This chart fits the Weis example to perfection.

The bond market’s signaling there’s something very wrong with the ‘reflation’ or ‘re-opening’ trade.

The reflation, re-opening does not exist.

The economy is not coming back.

Summary:

It took over twenty years of searching to stumble across the Weis video. As with a lot of things in life, it was almost by accident.

After watching him dissect the ‘Apache Spring’ (APA) trade, it was obvious the search for ‘truth’ had ended; the education was about to begin.

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Project Update

Early today, LABD was exited having hit the stop.

If there is a story for the day, it’s the long bond TLT.

Potentially a nascent reversal.

Interest rate sensitive markets, like real estate, appear positioned for reversal as well.

Inverse fund DRV above, shows penetration below support and then testing action today.

We’re at the extremes of price action. IYR and DRV do not need to go far to confirm or negate a reversal condition.

At this point (1:03 p.m. EST) our ‘project’ has no position … although DRV looks enticing and low risk (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Changing Hands: Bonds

The financial press is rolling out the usual suspects; bonds yields are going stratospheric and hyperinflation’s just around the corner.

A more likely view, one that’s actually based on reality, the price action itself, bonds just changed hands; from weak to strong.

Those selling or going short bonds (weak hands) at this juncture are potentially left holding the bag in a big way.

Taking a trip back in time to Livermore’s day (Reminiscences), he stated time and again, the large speculators could not enter or exit their positions at will.

They needed to have some kind of ‘event’ with heavy volume so that it would mask their moves.

It looks like we just had such an event.

The weekly chart of TLT, shows two major volume spikes. One where bonds reversed lower and now … a potential reversal to the upside.

We’re dealing with probabilities and over two-hundred years of market activity (since the Buttonwood tree).

Huge volume spikes have significance. They typically signal a pivot or the start of one.

Using that reasoning, we may have seen confirmation of rotation not only in bonds but the markets themselves; The S&P, Dow, Nasdaq are pivoting lower, with bonds and the dollar reversing higher.

Summary:

The futures market opens in a few hours. It’s typically a light-volume affair for bonds.

At times, Steven Van Meter presents in his updates how bonds have been typically slammed lower in the overnight.

That type of action has been going on for months. We’ll be looking to see if there’s a change of character.

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The 2021 Top

Empirical data shows market tops tend to occur before, during, or just after a holiday week.

Probably the most famous market top, was September 3rd, 1929.

That top was the Tuesday following the Labor Day weekend.

Now, we have another potential Tuesday top; February 16th. The Tuesday following the President’s Day Weekend.

While shiny object distractions abound; Game Stop (GME) hearings, Silver (SLV) squeeze, Bond (TLT) rout and more, the market may have quietly and without fanfare, put in the highs for the year.

Judging from the internet and YouTube chatter, everyone’s expecting some type of immediate crash.

Well, since everyone’s expecting it, it’s not likely to happen. Or more accurately, not the way anyone expects.

The last meltdown about a year ago was pretty much a straight-down affair. If we’ve seen the highs, what happened last time won’t happen this time.

That leaves at least two options:

  1. Gap down 15% – 30% or more, overnight.
  2. Slow, grinding decline, hardly noticeable until one day …

The chart of SPY below shows a possible Head & Shoulders, top formation. It’s still very early in the chart as even the head of the pattern’s not yet complete.

Nonetheless, it’s important to be ahead of the game and anticipate the next moves of the market.

Note the volume’s tapering off as we get into a possible head formation. If there’s to be a Right Shoulder, a textbook case will have volume fall away even more.

It’s about a half-hour to go before the open. SPY is trading down -0.65% to -0.80%, while TLT is unchanged.

If TLT makes a new daily high above 144.32, it’s a good sign we may have seen the bottom of that market.

Stay Tuned

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Finally, Inflation Shows Up

Its been nearly twelve years exactly since the market bottom of March 9th, 2009.

At that time gold tracking fund GLD, was trading around 90.

Today, it’s at 167, a gain of about 85%.

Gold futures for April ’21, closed this past Friday at 1,777.4

Either way, it’s a far cry from the $10,000/oz. that has been bandied about for what seems like forever.

Prices for energy and food are rising because of reasons not discussed in the financial media.

That media is certainly not going to educate the public.

In turn, that public has shown there’re certainly not going to educate themselves. If they were awake, news channel ratings (in the link) would be at zero.

Unfortunately, this time around, the game’s up.

The ongoing collapse will decimate those who refuse to wake up and will probably take some of those who are, with them.

Which brings us to the so called inflation, at hand.

What can be said? We can call it lies, misinformation, propaganda but none of those really get to the root.

Input prices are rising not from inflation, but from supply constriction and disruption.

For example, the corporate (big-Ag) food supply chain as reported on many times, is intentionally being destroyed. The result of course, prices go higher.

We’re also in a quiet sun-cycle period that only serves to help with (cold) weather extremes. The only discussion from the media concerning the weather is that’s it’s getting warmer, right? Opposite of reality.

So we’re taking that ‘opposite of reality’ as a contrary indicator.

Whatever inflation we’ve got after nearly twelve years, is probably at or near a peak … ready to head lower.

That includes the market as well. The likely outcome:

Market down, bonds up.

The daily close of long bond TLT, has it in a support zone. One attempt has already been made to position long via TMF (not advice, not a recommendation) as detailed in this report.

Once again this past Friday, another TMF entry.

Both bonds and the markets (i.e. S&P 500) are at opposite extremes. The risk of loss in bonds may have reached its nadir.

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