August 3, 2014
At the end of last week, we had a large number of members asking "Is this the beginning-of-the-end of our 5+ year bull market"? Of course, this was prompted by last week's terrible market performance.
Before we go too deep, let's take a look at some recent market action of the SPY (ETF for the S&P 500). (Remember, the SPY's price is about 1/10th of that of the S&P 500.)
Look at the 1st Graph below (SPY).
In this recent time period, the last 6 trading days were bad. But how bad is bad and where does it take us?
- The SPY dropped almost 4.5% in the last 6 trading days in the graph below.
- On the last day in the graph below, the SPY broke down through the 100-day EMA and the long-term trendline.
- On the day before that, the SPY had one of its worst one-day drops in over a year (-2% in one day).
1) Does the price action of the SPY (steep drops) upset you?
2) Are you having trouble sleeping because of it?
3) Do you think that this the beginning of a real Bear Market?
4) How far do you think the SPY will drop from here?
5) Are you ready to "override" the MIPS long signal and go to cash or short?
Usually when we look at price action graphs, I try to explain what I think happened and what might happen from here on. Well, this time I know 100% what happens next. Yes 100%, and guaranteed. And no, I have not lost my mind nor do I think that I have somehow acquired divine status.
This reason that I can make this iron-clad guarantee is that the graph above (that looks so much last week's price action) is actually from 4/11/14 (3-1/2 months ago). From that exact day, the SPY reversed itself and continued up (+8.5%) until 7/30/14. See Graph #2 below.
Now how do you feel about the price action in Graph #1 from 4/11/14? Now that you have seen a nice recovery and more up-side gains, your fear and confusion most likely just sank into a sinkhole. So, are we through with those kinds of scares. Heck no, and the market is no place for the weak of heart or mind (unless, of course, you have MIPS covering your back).
Let's truly visit what we thought we were looking at in the very beginning of this blog - the price action of the SPY last week (see Graph #3 below). Do you see the resemblance of this graph that goes through 8/01/14 to that in Graph #1 that goes through 4/11/14? The markets do repeat themselves.
Now we can go back to our old way of playing the game. Where do we go from here? We believe that there is just as good a chance of the market turning around and heading back up (as it did 8-10 times in the last 20 months - Graph #4 below) as of it heading down into a large correction or a real bear market. Each of these scenarios have credibility and each is possible.
But, that is just what we think. MIPS is looking at this from a completely different angle. I can say that some of the MIPS models are on the brink of going short, but one or two up-days can change that. Let's keep a close eye on changes in the MSI and watch for MIPS signals.
Hope this helps !!!