Real Estate … “Easy Money”

After It’s Over, The Press Will State The Obvious

How many times have you heard after a move is nearly over, the financial press will say:

“Well, the easy money has already been made”?

They kept everybody on the wrong side long enough for the professionals to reap a windfall; then act as if you should have known it all along.

Back in 1992, during the presidential election, I watched as a major financial publication put our report after report how the economy was contracting, getting worse.

Then, after the election was over and the incumbent ousted, that very same publication’s next report stated the economy was not as bad as previously thought.

It was my first hint, something was wrong.

Not until many years later, when I determined (airplane) kerosene burning at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, could not melt steel at 3,400 degrees; did it all become very clear. 🙂

First Rodeo?

Not for me as you have probably guessed.

If we’re going to trade/speculate profitably in this (financial collapse environment), we need to be awake.

Wandering around with delusions of P/E ratios dancing in one’s head, is not going to translate to profits.

Which brings us to the following question:

Are we in the ‘easy money’ stage of (shorting) real estate?

Is this coming Monday, going to be a continuation to the downside in earnest?

Let’s take a look at the chart of IYR and see what it says.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly

Technically speaking, IYR is in Wyckoff spring position (poised to move higher).

It penetrated below support and has come back to test.

The Problem Is:

Price action went straight down into support (for three-weeks, at least), penetrated, and has now come back up for a ‘test’.

Is more upside a high probability?

Short answer … No.

Could price go higher from here? Yes, anything can happen but it’s not the likely scenario.

Real Estate, IYR Daily Chart

The daily chart shows we’re still in a trading channel. Friday was/is, a test of the right-side trendline.

The smaller, hourly timeframes had their channel lines penetrated; so, we pull successively farther out (in time) to see if the overall structure has been violated.

Looking at the chart above, the channel is still in-effect.

Trading Activity

The table below, is from one of my firm’s trading spreadsheets (not advice, not a recommendation).

It’s self-explanatory, showing a very busy two weeks.

The original position remains active; with Friday’s close of DRV 46.46, that represents an open gain of, + 40%

The Day Trade on Thursday, the 12th, was an attempt to increase the line. However, as the day progressed it became obvious that a reversal (or sorts) was in the works.

That day’s position was closed along with the one opened on the 11th, for an overall gain of + 3.85%

Next Leg, Lower ?

The position opened this past Friday was in anticipation of the next leg lower.

Note: The finger is always on the sell button in case the coming week shows more IYR, upside.

However, price action of IYR itself, is showing that it’s ‘respecting’ the Fibonacci projections as shown below.

Last week’s action confirmed and bounced off the 100%, projection level.

Putting the channel back in and compressing the chart gives us the following … yikes !!!

Summary

If IYR declines to the 161.8% projection, or even farther, expect there to be plenty of panic.

We should also expect to hear from our ever-helpful financial press when they say:

‘The easy money has already been made’

That of course, would probably be true (stating the obvious) and give us a potential confirmation to exit the position.

Stay Tuned

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Economic Crash Landing …

Officially, out of Control

‘Out of control’, could actually be a good thing.

If the Fed’s admitted it’s out of their hands, that means markets could operate under real price discovery for the first time, since … well, 1913.

If that’s true, future Fed meetings and their subsequent pontifications will be meaningless as far as market reaction; no matter what they do.

Wyckoff said as early as 1902, prices move by a force of their own that have no connection to real values.

Unless proven otherwise, we’ll use the ‘out of control’ paradigm on a go forward basis.

It should be noted, while moving forward with that new paradigm, there’s a massive herd still trying to figure out what the Fed ‘has to do’.

Newsflash: The Fed does not ‘have to do’ anything.

Matter of fact, they’ve already done it. The elites have made windfalls, selling (along with the Fed, itself) at the top.

Real Estate: ‘Pig in the Python’

The last update showed a trendline that’s been subsequently broken; not by much but price action has definitely pushed through.

The hourly chart of IYR, has been updated to show where we are now … just after the open.

At this juncture, price action’s in a down-channel.

Positioning

Best case scenario would be for IYR, to contact the right channel line and reverse; thus, allowing a low risk point to increase the short via DRV (not advice, not a recommendation).

That may happen this session or next … or, of course, it may not happen at all. That’s the way of the markets.

Summary

Evidence continues to pour in that real estate’s finished.

This latest post from Scott Walters has the rich selling off their luxury homes … and fast.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate … Showdown !

Let The Lawsuits Begin

Let’s see …

We already have lawsuits for ‘The Speck’, injury and death.

Then we have the lawsuits because the stock price went down (always happens).

Now, we’ll have lawsuits for paying too much over asking price, because my real estate agent told me to.

Couple that with grocery store shelves going empty, power outages, fake wars (with real consequences), more corporate layoffs and voila!

The court case for any of the above, might be heard before 2030 … if you’re lucky, not homeless and we’re all still alive.

Was That, The Bounce ?

Yesterday, Wednesday was supposed to be the last chance for the bulls. The release of the CPI, being touted as a potential upward ‘catalyst’ for an already oversold market.

We even had helpful advice like this, saying ‘it’s so bearish, it’s bullish’.

Buried within that article was the caveat, extreme negative sentiment contrary indicators, only work in bull markets.

We’re not only in a bear market, it’s a full-blown collapse (so far). We’re on track for vaporization; all of which leads us to the market at hand: Real estate.

Real Estate, IYR, Daily Chart

The following chart contains a Fibonacci projection tool, showing levels from 23.6% to 100%.

Lower values such as 161.8%, are currently, off the screen.

It’s obvious, the market’s ‘respecting’ these levels as it hesitates (to confirm) before continuing lower.

However, the real story is on the hourly chart below.

Yesterday’s bounce is shown as well as a trendline.

The scary part, or good part depending on one’s perspective, that trendline’s declining at approximately 99%, annualized … effectively straight-down.

E.F. Hutton, Vice Chairman, Loeb

The late Chairman of E.F. Hutton said in his book ‘The Battle For Investment Survival’:

‘Real opportunities are rare. When you find one, it must be used to its fullest extent’.

This site adheres to tenets laid out by three masters: Livermore, Wyckoff and Loeb:

Strategy, Tactics, and Focus.

Shorting IYR via DRV (DRV-22-02) is our approach to what looks to be a significant opportunity (not advice, not a recommendation).

Summary

As long as IYR, price action continues to follow the trend lower, we’ll maintain short.

Anything can happen and the trend be violated … even at the next session about to start in 20-minutes.

However, at this juncture, probabilities for IYR, continue to point down.

Stay Tuned

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Last Time … is not … This Time

The Rule of Alternation

That’s it in a nutshell. What happened last time, won’t happen this time.

The market reveals its own secrets; you just have to know where to look.

An entire industry has been (purposely) built to make sure the ‘average investor’ never finds the truth of the markets.

That industry is the financial analysis industry; the one with the P/E ratios, Debt-to-Equity, and so on.

Sure, it was a tongue-in-cheek post to use the fact that Carvana had no P/E (linked here).

I’m not certain if they ever had a P/E; probably not.

However, that financial, i.e., fundamental(s) fact, did not keep the stock from going up over 4,529%, in four years.

It should be noted, the Carvana analysis was done on a Saturday (as has this one). At the very next trading session, CVNA posted lower, started its decline in earnest and never looked back.

Not saying that exact thing (timing it to the day) will happen with our next candidate real estate; as said before, part of Wyckoff analysis (a lot of it, actually) is straight-up intuition.

The good part from a computer manipulated and controlled market perspective, intuition can’t be quantified.

So, that’s your edge.

Let’s move on to ‘last time is not this time’ and see what the real estate market IYR, is telling us.

Weekly Chart, IYR

We’ve got the weekly un-marked chart of IYR, below.

The ‘alternation’ is there.

Here it is, close-up.

The first leg lower had some initial smoothness but quickly became choppy and overlapping.

Not so, now.

We’re essentially heading straight down.

Fundamentals

From a fundamental standpoint, real estate is finished. However, it’s been finished for a long time.

The fundamentals won’t and can’t tell anyone what’s likely to happen at the next trading session … or any other session.

The market itself (shown above) is saying the probabilities are for a continued decline; posting smooth long bars until some meaningful demand is encountered.

As shown on the last post, if the trading channel is in-effect, that (chart) demand is a long way down.

Positioning

Shorting IYR via DRV, has been covered in previous posts (search for DRV-22-02).

The following weekly chart, is marked up with two arrows.

Arrow No. 1

Initial short position via DRV was opened late in the day on April 28th; the day before the market broke significantly lower (not advice, not a recommendation).

Arrow No. 2

As the market headed lower during the week just ended, the size of the DRV position was increased by 36%.

Currently, the gain on the total position is about +22%.

At this juncture, the DRV stop is located well in the green in the unlikely event we get a sharp IYR, upward move in the coming week.

Summary

Under ‘normal’ conditions one could expect some kind of upward bounce in the days ahead.

However, as shown already with big cap leader PLD, the situation’s anything but normal.

Highlighted in earlier posts, biotech is leading the way with SPBIO, currently down – 59.8%, from its highs.

Biotech IBB, with chief cook and (globalist) bottle washer Moderna (MRNA), is down – 36.2%.

As Dan from i-Allegedly has stated time and again, we’re already in a depression.

So, buckle your seatbelt Dorothy …

Stay Tuned

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Failure, Success: GLD & IYR

When A Spring Set-Up, Fails

The upside reversal (spring) set-up for gold, has failed.

When a high probability bullish scenario fails to materialize, it signals a market with potential to completely fall apart.

Nobody expects a major reversal in gold … nobody.

Yet … there it is

We’ve had the huge volume on March 8th, that looks more and more as changing of hands; from strong to weak.

Now, the apparent reversal has failed.

Anything can happen but at this juncture, the highs of March are getting farther and farther away.

Gold (GLD), Weekly Chart

Gold could always right itself and reverse from here.

We’ll keep an eye on it but let’s move on to a trade set-up that’s working; Real Estate, IYR and leveraged inverse, DRV.

Leveraged Inverse (-3X) Real Estate, DRV

The expectation for this morning’s session, was for IYR to retrace and test Friday’s breakdown.

It’s not happening … or at least, not at this point.

Wyckoff (along with Livermore) were obsessed with ‘what is’ and not what ‘should’ be.

The ‘what is’ at this point, IYR appears to be in a swift down move with minimal upside.

Trading actions have therefore been adjusted accordingly.

The chart of inverse DRV shows two entries marked as “1” and “2” (not advice, not a recommendation).

At this juncture, the short position in IYR via DRV (DRV-22-02), has been fully established.

The stop is now moved up to the session low @ DRV 37.21

Summary

At time stamp 8:10 at this link, The Maverick shows how far behind the curve interest rates are to what’s happened with Fed actions in the past.

If they repeat past behaviors, that of moving rates higher, it’s likely to be a massive shock.

The last place to be when interest rates rise sharply, is real estate; the most illiquid asset of all.

Stay Tuned

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Gold To Rally ?

In Position For Upside Test

As long as almost no-one catches on to the Fibonacci time correlations playing out in real time, they’ll continue to have validity.

First, some housekeeping.

The downside action in Junior Miners GDXJ, was a vicious move; from top to bottom (thus far) it dropped over – 17.5%, in just six trading days.

This type of collapse was not really expected as YouTube and ZeroHedge are still filled with the manic bulls.

The short position, JDST-22-04, launched higher as a result.

Taking advantage of the hysteria, that position was closed out today (not advice, not a recommendation).

The expectation is for some type of relief rally in gold and the miners.

Gain on the whole event, which included three entries and three exits was around +24.1%

Moving on to the chart.

Gold (GLD) Daily

We’re at Fibonacci Day 34 and have just slightly penetrated support (blue line).

That puts GLD, in Wyckoff Spring position … although the push below support was not really enough to expect a rally (if it occurs) to go very far.

Today’s action opened up a significant gap and it just so happens, the close of Friday’s bar (April 22nd) is right at 23.6%, retrace.

Stay Tuned

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The Tea Leaves of CORN

Wyckoff … ‘Voodoo Science’

That’s how one YouTuber described the Wyckoff method.

Well, judge for yourself.

The analysis in question is linked here and the video is here.

If you look at the video closely, the area called out as the ‘secondary test’ can also be identified as a ‘spring’ set-up.

Note how that spring goes straight into an up-thrust; the one being discussed at time stamp: 0:34.

Wyckoff analysis is both science and intuition.

The good part is discernment, the ability to intuitively perceive events, is a God-given gift.

By definition, no amount of Artificial Intelligence can fully replicate that ability.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the people J.P. Sears refers to at time stamp 3:26, won’t try.

So, let’s move on to the market at hand; corn and more specifically, Teucrium tracking fund CORN.

CORN, Weekly

From the week of the Derecho breakout to this past Friday’s close, is a Fibonacci 89-Weeks.

Friday’s weekly bar was also a reversal.

The week closed with the highest net negative volume since the week of October 15th, 2021.

Looking closer at the volume, we see the large spike during the week ended March 4th, followed by successive weeks of elevated volume.

There’s also a terminating wedge with a potential throw-over; similar to what’s happening in Newmont Mining (NEM).

This market appears to be ripe for chaos.

Hitting The Mainstream

Adding to the probability for some kind of ‘event’, the price of corn is hitting the mainstream.

Throw in some real or fake news on food processing plants and the pressure for government to ‘do something’ continues to build.

Summary

The opportunity to go long CORN was way back at the Derecho.

At this point, prices are elevated to the point where risk appears to be increasing … potentially leading to a momentary price spike downward (not advice, not a recommendation).

If that happens, there’s likely to be chaos for several days as clearing firms either slow their payments, halt/cancel trades, or go bankrupt altogether … similar to what happened during the London Metal Exchange melt-down.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate (IYR) To New Highs ?

If The Bond Market Reverses

The previous bearish analysis was overwhelmed by the larger, upward trend.

Instead of continuing lower, real estate IYR, moved higher. It’s now at another inflection point.

The position in DRV (DRV-22-01) was exited at 32.66, when it was obvious the trade was going to fail.

Taking a hit like that gets one’s attention; there must be something else going on … something on a larger timeframe.

There’s nothing wrong, with being wrong.

However, there is something wrong with being wrong and staying wrong.

If we pull farther out to the longer, weekly timeframe, it looks like there’s danger ahead; possible new all-time highs and Wyckoff upthrust (potential reversal).

Real Estate IYR, Weekly

As with the Junior Miners, GDXJ, it looks like we have yet another Fibonacci time correlation.

During the financial crisis, IYR, posted its low the week of March 6th, 2009.

Thirteen years later, another major inflection point?

Shown below, is a terminating wedge that may have already completed a throw-over.

One probability suggesting new highs instead of a reversal at this point (which seems like even odds) is the repeating tendency of markets to go from ‘spring to upthrust‘.

This site has presented over and again, it’s a common market behavior.

Getting closer-in on the weekly, the spring set-up is identified.

Now, comes the Fibonacci time correlation.

From the all-time highs, the market closed at the lows on Week 8. The print low came one week later.

Using that information and projecting forward, if this correlation is in effect, if it’s valid, we can expect an up-thrust high somewhere during the week of May 20th, to May 27th.

The Bond Connection

The economy is collapsing. The food supply is being destroyed. The consumer is tapped out and using credit to survive.

What on earth could be a catalyst to move real estate, the most illiquid market of all, to new highs?

Bring in the clowns … sorry, the financial press.

Word on the street is the bond market, may be in position to reverse higher.

No doubt, there’s a good technical reason for reversal, linked here.

It’s the financial press and their real estate narrative that will (may) be preposterous.

That is: If bonds (TLT) move higher, mortgage rates will come down, consumers will jump on the opportunity and therefore, she’s a witch !!!

Summary

We’ll see if IYR meets the price and Fibonacci time correlations for potential reversal.

Once there’s a reversal in this market, it tends to do so with a vengeance.

Rising rates have already cut off deals in the works. Prices are coming down and houses are on the market longer. The consumer is priced out.

The pig is already in the python … once that happens, this market sets up a dynamic of its own, a succession of lower prices and sales collapsing.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate … By The Numbers

Day By Day Look, At Potential Reversal

Using a method presented by the late David Weis in his training video (still available, linked here), we’re going to look at specific days on the daily chart of IYR, shown below.

In brief, the method looks at price action (and volume) on specific days, then formulates an assessment using Wyckoff analysis, on next move probability.

Real Estate, IYR, Daily

This is how it looks with no markup. Force Index, shown in the lower panel.

We’re going to address each numbered bar of the price action shown.

No. 1

Price action penetrates resistance (blue line) on moderate volume and posts a sharp upward spike on Force Index.

Such action can be labeled as a breakout or up-thrust (potential reversal) position.

No. 2

After hovering and then testing the breakout resistance/support level, price action attempts to pull away and move higher … but it’s unable to close higher and volume contracts.

Force Index as a result, posts a significantly lower peak than three trading sessions, prior.

This is the first sign of trouble to the upside.

No. 3

Three sessions later, IYR attempts to move higher again.

This time it’s able to close higher but volume contracts again and posts a lower Force Index.

This is the second sign of trouble to the upside.

No. 4

Five sessions later after IYR comes back down to resistance/support there’s another attempt to move higher.

This time, the range has narrowed while volume increases and subsequently posts yet another lower peak on Force Index.

Narrow, labored upside action with increasing volume suggests the market’s under distribution.

Summary

The day before price action bar No 4., this post was created to indicate real estate IYR, may be in position for downside reversal.

On the day labeled No. 4, a short position was opened via leveraged inverse fund DRV as DRV-22-01, with current stop at last Thursday’s DRV low of 32.64 (not advice, not a recommendation).

Heading Into Monday

The futures market is now about one hour into the Sunday night session.

The S&P is trading down 15 – 16 points or about – 0.36%.

Let’s see if that negative bias carries over to the Monday open.

Stay Tuned

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Corn Train Wreck, Continues

One Way Or Another …

The food supply is, and is going to be destroyed; one way or another.

The latest in this ‘planned’ series of events, can be found here and here.

More information on the first link, is here. The initial paragraph says it all.

That second link calls the news a ‘Black Swan’ event.

Really?

It’s been known for years and reported by those who are brave (moving forward despite ridicule, threats, bank account closures), and who had insight, times like these were coming.

As a result, (i.e., since the Derecho) the commodities, specifically corn, have risen dramatically.

Teucrium tracking fund, CORN, Weekly

Looking and the chart, several items of note.

First: Volume picked up markedly in the fund, before the Derecho of 2020. Almost like someone knew something was about to happen … which it did.

Wyckoff said it best a century ago … those in the know, will have their actions show up on the tape.

Second: We’re currently in Fibonacci Month 21, since the Derecho. Does that mean we’ll have another market event?

Let’s see how the fertilizer news affects the futures market at the next open.

However, more specifically as posted in this update, we’re looking for some type of ‘administration’ announcement that temporally crashes the price of corn.

Third: Getting back to the chart of CORN, the right side is showing signs of potential distribution.

We’ve had the largest weekly volume, ever, during the week of March 4th.

After that, volume has remained elevated … a possible changing of hands and distribution.

Summary

Markets like to test wide high-volume print areas. There’s always a potential for that type of test in any market.

For CORN above, the high-volume area is around 23.00 – 23.50; an approximate drop of -21%, from current levels.

If we get some type of ‘export restriction’ announcement, a (temporary) 20-plus percent drop in CORN, is not unreasonable.

Stay Tuned

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