By Steve Blumenthal
November 18, 2022
S&P 500 Index — 3,947
Market trends persist over time and stem from changes in risk premiums (the return investors demand to compensate them for the risks they take.) Risk premiums vary over time in response to new market information. Investors react to the changes gradually, and this creates trends.
Rules-based Trend following strategies don’t predict; they react to what price movement signals in terms of supply and demand. With more buyers than sellers, the price moves higher. With more sellers than buyers, the price moves lower. The long-term objective of trend-following is to participate in secular bull market gains while minimizing the losses associated with secular bear market declines.
Trade Signals is organized into three sections:
- Market Commentary
- Trade Signals — Dashboard of Indicators
- Charts with Explanations
For informational purposes only. Not a recommendation to buy or sell any security.
Notable this week:
The long-term trend evidence remains bearish for equities. Investor sentiment turned bullish, reversing the extreme pessimism that existed. When investors reach a point of extreme optimism, the buying has typically reached a peak. As Warren Buffet said, “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”
His statement is somewhat of a contrarian view on stock markets and relates directly to the price of an asset: when others are greedy, prices are typically overvalued, and one should be cautious not to overpay for an asset as it may subsequently lead to poor returns. When others are fearful, prices are typically in decline, presenting a good value investment opportunity.
The problem is discipline and patience are required.
The Dashboard of Indicators follows next with more red than green. The Zweig Bond Model is in a buy signal, and the 10-year Treasury MACD indicator is nearing a buy. The bond market looks to be set up for a good trade.
Not a recommendation for you to buy or sell any security. For information purposes only. Please talk with your advisor about needs, goals, time horizons, and risk tolerances.
Trade Signals — Dashboard of Indicators
(Green is Bullish, Red is Bearish, Orange is signal change is near)
Charts with Explanations
Please note, NOT A RECOMMENDATION TO BUY OR SELL ANY SECURITY. See important disclosures below.
Equity Market Charts
1. Ned Davis Research CMG U.S. Large Cap Long/Flat Index – Buy Signal – 50% U.S. Large Cap Equity Exposure
The Ned Davis Research (NDR) CMG U.S. Large Cap Long/Flat Index measures “market breadth.” Market breadth is simply a measurement of market activity, such as advances and declines, new highs and new lows, advancing and declining volume and price momentum, and Trends based on the number of stocks in uptrends and downtrends. Technicians like “breadth” measurements for two main reasons:
- Breadth thrusts are often present at the start of major bull markets.
- Breadth nearly always weakens before prices do at major peaks.
(Source: Ned Davis Research)
The NDR CMG U.S. Large Cap Long/Flat Index process measures market breadth by analyzing the overall technical strength of the market across 24 Industry Groups (GICS), as measured by three types of priced-based, industry-level indicators: trend-following, volatility, and mean-reversion. Trend-following primary indicators include momentum and moving average measures that evaluate the rate of change in price in each of the 24 Industry Groups (GICS) over short-term, intermediate, and long-term time frames to assess the current direction of the markets. Mean-reversion indicators are applied in each of the 24 Industry Groups (GICS), measuring the deviation in price movement above and below the historic long-term price trend. Mean-reversion is based on the theory that prices and returns eventually move back toward their historical mean (or average). The model applies these primary and secondary indicators across the S&P 500 industry groupings to ultimately produce trade signals that are either bullish (meaning prices increasing over time) or bearish (meaning prices decreasing over time). The final market breadth composite is the scaled aggregation of these indicators across the S&P 500 industries to determine the breadth composite score (between 0 and 100). A high score means that there is broad positive up-trending participation across the 24 Industry Groups. A low score means many sectors have broken down.
Generally, scores above 50 (bold red dotted line in the middle section of the chart) indicate a strong market environment, and scores below 50 indicate a weak market environment.
The most recent score is 37.86.
If you would like to see the long-term index history, we can share it with you on a one-on-one basis at your request. Please email me at email@example.com
2. S&P 500 Large Cap Index – 13/34–Week EMA Trend Chart: Sell Signal – Bearish for Equities
The process measures the intermediate-term Trend in the S&P 500 Index. A bullish trend is identified when the blue 13-week smoothed moving average (“M.A.”) trend line rises above the 34-week smoothed M.A. trend line. A bearish trend is signaled when the blue line drops below the red line. You can see that this trend process has done a pretty good job at identifying the major cyclical (short-term) bull and bear market trends (note small red and blue arrows). In terms of risk management, a good stop-loss level may be at the point when the 13-week drops below the 34-week EMA with re-entry at the point the 13-week crosses above.
Click here to see “How I think about the 13/34-Week Exponential Moving Average.”
3. Volume Demand vs. Volume Supply: Sell Signal – Bearish for Equities
When there are more buyers than sellers, prices move higher. When there are more sellers than buyers, prices decline. Supply and demand dynamics work that way in all things – real estate, oil, stock prices, and all goods in a free market.
The Volume Demand vs. Volume Supply process looks at a smoothed total volume of declining issues versus a smoothed total volume of advancing issues using a broad market equity index. The performance, reflected in the chart below, is better when Vol Demand is better than Vol Supply. More buyers than sellers. This is a relatively slow-moving but important indicator. Source: Ned Davis Research NDR Disclosure Click here for additional information about the indicator.
4. S&P 500 Index Monthly MACD: Sell Signal – Bearish for Equities
5. S&P 500 Index Daily MACD Indicator: Buy Signal – Short-term Bullish for U.S. Large Cap Equities
Focus on the MACD moving average lines at the bottom of the chart. Buy signals (green arrows) occur when the black line crosses above the red line. Sell signals (red arrows) occur when the black line crosses below the red line. You can learn more about MACD here.
6. Don’t Fight the Tape or the Fed – Indicator Reading = 0 (Neutral Signal for Equities)
Current readings are highlighted below. The idea of this indicator is to”Watch out for -2!”
- The indicators that comprise this reading are a combination of NDR’s Big Mo and the 10-Year Treasury yield. It highlights just how important Fed activity is to market performance. Readings range from +2 to -2.
- Bottom line: when both the Trend in interest rates (lower yields) and the Trend in the overall market (the tape) are bullish, the market has historically performed best.
- +2 readings have occurred approximately 11% of the time since 1994, and returns were the best.
- +1 readings have occurred approximately 26% of the time since 1980, and returns were good.
- 0 readings have occurred approximately 31% of the time since 1980, and returns were positive and similar to long-term stock market return averages.
- -1 readings have occurred approximately 26% of the time since 1980, and returns were positive but in the low single digits.
- -2 readings have occurred approximately 6% of the time since 1980, and the returns were worst, similar to long-term bear market average declines.
7. S&P 500 Index vs. 200-Day Moving Average Trend: Sell Signal – Bearish for US Large Cap Equities
Here is how to read the chart:
- Not a trading model. Do not use it to trade.
- The idea here is to understand that equities have historically done better when the 200-day moving average trend line is trending up.
- Seeking to determine if the primary price trend is up or down. Less defense in up-trending markets, more defense in down-trending markets.
- Bottom line: Returns are historically better when the 200-day M.A. trend line is rising.
8. S&P 500 Index vs. 50-Day & 200-Day Moving Average Cross: Sell Signal – Bearish for US Large Cap Equities
Sell signals occur when the 50-day shorter-term moving average trend line drops below the longer-term 200-day moving average trend line. The idea is to be invested when the primary trend is bullish and risk protection when the trend is bearish. Red arrows (sell signals) point to when the 50-day MA crosses below the 200-day MA. Green arrows (buy signals) point to periods when the 50-day crossed above the 200-day MA.
9. NASDAQ Composite vs. 50-day & 200-Day Moving Average Trend: Sell Signal – Bearish for Equities
This is the same concept as the above S&P 500 Index 50-day vs. 200-day Moving Average Trend chart. Note the red and green arrows.
The last signal was a sell signal in Q1 2022 at approximately 13,750.
10. Value vs. Growth Factor Model: Favors Value over Growth
NDR requested we not share certain charts. If you want a copy of this chart, I can share it with you one-on-one. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The process plots a relative strength ratio comparing the S&P 500-Citigroup Growth Index to the Citigroup Value Index. When the relative strength ratio is rising, growth is outperforming value. When falling, value is outperforming growth. When the model is “neutral,” it indicates there is no clear tendency for outperformance by either Value or Growth. This is a long-term model that tends to produce one trade per year to one trade every few years.
NDR Crowd Sentiment Poll: Extreme Pessimism (S/T Bullish for Equities)
“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful.”
– Warren Buffett
This sentiment indicator is a composite sentiment indicator designed to highlight short- to intermediate-term swings in investor psychology. The evidence, looking at this indicators data back to 12-1-1995, suggests that the crowd (investors in general) are wrong at market extremes. Supporting Buffett’s advice.
- The current daily sentiment reading is 50.6. It was 46.3last week.
- Buying opportunities occur at “Extreme Pessimism” readings below 57. The percentage gain per annum for the S&P 500 Index was more than 20% per annum, looking at data back to 12-1-1995.
- Selling (and/or hedging) opportunities occur at “Extreme Optimism” readings above 66. The percentage gain per annum for the S&P 500 Index was negative, looking at data from 12-1-1995.
- Source: Ned Davis Research. (NDR Disclosure; CMG Disclosure.
- If you’d like additional information, please email email@example.com.
NDR Daily Trading Sentiment Composite: Extreme Optimism (S/T Bearish for Equities)
The current regime is highlighted in yellow below.
- The current daily sentiment reading is 63.33. It was 52.22 last week.
- Buying opportunities occur at “Extreme Pessimism” readings below 41.5. The percentage gain per annum for the S&P 500 Index was more than 20% per annum, looking at data back to 1994.
- Selling/trading opportunities occur at “Extreme Optimism” readings above 62.5. The percentage gain per annum for the S&P 500 Index was negative, looking at data from 1994. Source: Ned Davis Research. (NDR Disclosure; CMG Disclosure.)
- If you’d like additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixed Income Trade Signals
The Zweig Bond Model Current Signal: +1 Buy Signal on Bonds
Model Trend Indicators:
- Buy when the Dow 20 price index rises from a bottom by 0.6%. Sell when the index falls from a peak by 0.6%.
- Buy when the Doe 20 price index rises from a bottom by 1.8%. Sell when the index falls from a peak by 1.8%.
- Buy when the Doe 20 price index exceeds its 50day moving average by 1%. Sell when the index crosses below the 50-day by 1%
- Buy when the Fed Funds Target Rate drops by at least 1/2 point. Sell when the rate rises by at least 1/2 point.
- Buy when the yield curve (AAA corporate yield minus the 90-day commercial paper yield) exceeds 0.6. Sell when the yield curve falls below -0.2. Go neutral between -0.2 and 0.6.
Add up the total score. Scores can range from +5 to -5. Positive scores of +1 or higher equal a buy signal. Negative scores of -1 or lower equal a sell signal. Historically, bond market returns are meaningfully better when the model is in a buy signal.
- If you’d like a copy of the chart, please email email@example.com.
- The Model index performance history vs. buying and holding the is available at your request.
- Finally, you can calculate the model on your own – detailed in the upper left section of the chart. How to Track the Zweig Bond Model.
- NDR Disclosure; CMG Disclosure
If you would like to see the long-term index history, we can share it with you on a one-on-one basis at your request. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
10-Year Treasury Weekly MACD: Sell Signal – Rising Rates: Bearish on Bonds (Nearing a Buy Signal)
Extended Duration Treasury ETF: Sell Signal -Rising Rates: Bearish on Bonds (Nearing a Buy Signal)
High Yield Bond Market: Buy Signal – High Yield Bond Market
Historically, the high-yield bond market has been an early economic indicator. Watching the trend in price can tell us a great deal about what is happening fundamentally with U.S. businesses.
Some traders like to use a moving average as a price signal, buying when the price moves above a MA line and selling when it moves below. Pictured in the next chart is a 30-day MA line (blue). In the bottom section, I highlight a MACD price momentum indicator. Signals occur when the faster-moving black line crosses above or below the slower-moving red line. It is a measure to determine the intermediate price trend in the high-yield bond market. The popular PIMCO High Yield Bond fund is used as a real-time proxy for what is happening in the high-yield bond market.
Important Note: CMG manages a high-yield bond price trend strategy. The buy and sell signals are based on different trend indicators, and therefore, actual trades may vary from the signal process below. CMG’s process looks at several moving indicators that range from 10-days to 30-days. Not a recommendation to buy or sell any security.
Economic and Select Recession Watch Indicators:
- Global Recession – High Probability of a Global Recession
- U.S. Recession – High Probability of U.S. Recession Risk (Next Six Months)
- Inflation Watch – High Inflationary Pressures
- Dr. Copper – Long-term Bearish Sell Signal
- U.S. Dollar Price Trend – Short-term (Daily MACD) Sell Signal
- U.S. Dollar Price Trend – Medium-term (Weekly MACD) Sell Signal
Dr. Copper: Long-term Bearish Sell Signal
“Dr. Copper” is insider lingo used in the commodities markets to explain price trends in copper’s ability to predict the overall health of the economy. When copper prices decline, it may indicate sluggish demand and an imminent economic slowdown. The following chart looks at monthly price data.
U.S. Dollar Price Trend: Short-term (Daily MACD) Sell Signal
U.S. Dollar Price Trend: Medium-term (Weekly MACD) Sell Signal
Select Recession Watch Indicators:
The average decline in the S&P 500 is approximately 37% during recessions. The last two recessions have given us greater than -50% each. I believe, given the fact that we have tripled up on the very same thing that caused the last recession (debt/leverage/Fed policy), the next recession will be equally or more challenging than the last two. Thus, my recession obsession. Following are my favorite recession watch indicators.
Bottom line: We are likely in a global recession.
Global Recession Probability Indicator – High Probability of a Global Recession
- This indicator plots the probability of a global recession based on leading indicators from 35 countries (non-U.S.).
- Ranging on a scale of 0 to 100, The current reading is 98.15, meaning there is a 98.15% probability that we are in a global recession.
- Bottom line: High Global Recession Risk.
The Economy Based on the Stock Market Indicator – High U.S. Recession Risk
- Economic expansion signals (up arrows) are generated when the S&P 500 Index rises by 3.8% above its five-month smoothed moving average line.
- Economic contraction signals are generated when the S&P 500 Index falls by 4.8% below its five-month smoothed moving average line.
- Current signal = Contraction as of 4-3-22
- Note the 77% “Correct Signals” in the top left corner of the chart. This process has done a good job of signaling before recessions. Not perfect, but pretty good.
Recession Probability Based on Employment Trends – Low U.S. Recession Risk
- Expansion signals are generated when the Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index rises by 0.4% from a low point.
- Contraction signals are generated when the index falls by 4.8% from a high point.
- Current signal = Expansion (SIGNAL ON 7-31-2020)
Credit Conditions – Favorable, Low U.S. Recession Risk
- When lending tightens up “Credit Conditions Unfavorable,” companies have difficulty funding.
- Data Source: NDR’s Credit Conditions Index (B345A)
- Bottom line: Lending conditions are currently favorable.
U.S. Economy vs. Yield Curve (6mo Tsy vs. 10-year Tsy) – Inverted Yield Curve High U.S. Recession Risk
- Inversion happens when the 6-month Treasury Bill yield exceeds the 10-year Treasury Note yield. Many follow the 2-year vs. 10-year Treasury (same idea – when short-term rates are higher than long-term rates, something is not well in the system.
- Inversion happened for the third time 2022 in June 2022. 22 of them have resulted in recession within 6-mo’s to 18 months. Source: Commonwealth Financial Network.
- Among bear markets since 1946, the average decline with a recession was 35.8% versus 27.9% on average without a recession. Source
- An inverted yield curve has preceded every recession since 1958, with a “mean lead time” of ~14 months before the recession’s start, according to Ned Davis Research (chart E641).
- Since recessions are only known in hindsight, it is important to have a high probability of knowing in advance. All the bad stuff happens in recessions.
- Bottom line: Signaling high recession risk.
13-week EMA vs. 34-week EMA: Sell Signal
Buy signals occur when the 13-week moving average trendline (blue line) crosses above the 34-week moving average trendline (red line). Sell signals occur when the 13-week moving average trendline (blue line) crosses below the slower-moving 34-week moving average trendline (red line).
Green arrows indicate buy signals, red arrows sell signals.
Intermediate-Term MACD: Buy Signal
Why risk management?
Asset Classes Move Through Periods of Bull and Bear Market Cycles Over Time: This next chart shows the BULL market Secular Trend for Stocks (top section), the direction in Long-Term Government Bond Yields (middle section), and Commodities (bottom section). The best gains are made in Secular Bull market cycles.
Investing is a probability game. Limit downside: In the long run, it’s about the math. This next chart shows the “The Merciless Mathematics of Loss”. A 10% decline only requires an 11% subsequent return to get back to even. A 30% decline requires a 43% subsequent return to get back to even. A 50% decline requires a 100% subsequent return to get back to even. You can read more about it here.
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Advisor/Investor Education Materials and White Papers
Several client educational pieces:
- When Beating the Market Isn’t the Point
- Trend Following Works!
- Correlation, Diversification and Investment Success
- The Merciless Math of Loss (this is about how compound interest works for you and significant loss against you)
Ned Davis Research:
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Trade Signals History:
Trade Signals started after a colleague asked me if I could share my thoughts (trade signals) with him. Many years ago, I found that putting pen to paper helped me in my investment management process, and I hope that this research is of value to you in your investment process.
Every week, I share with you research I find valuable. No one indicator is perfect, but we believe risk can be assessed and should be managed. Some of this research helps to shape our thinking around risk management and it helps us think about how we might size various risks within the construct of a total portfolio. For example, overweight or underweight equities/fixed income and how much one should consider allocating to tactical/liquid alternative exposures (such as managed futures, global macro, and long/short equity). When and what to hedge? Shorten or lengthen bond maturity exposure? We believe such risks can be managed and, to us, broad portfolio diversification is important. If you’d like to talk to us about how we use some of these indicators within our various investment strategies, please email me or email our sales team.
From an investment management perspective, I’ve followed, managed, and written about trend following and investor sentiment for many years. I find that reviewing various sentiment, Trend, and other historically valuable rules-based indicators each week helps me to stay balanced and disciplined in allocating to the various risk sets that are included within a broadly diversified total portfolio solution.
My objective is to position in line with the equity and fixed income market’s primary trends. I believe risk management is paramount in a long-term investment process. When to hedge, when to become more aggressive, etc.
For hedging, I favor a collared option approach (writing out-of-the-money covered calls and buying out-of-the-money put options) as a relatively inexpensive way to risk protect your long-term focused equity portfolio exposure. Also, consider buying deep out-of-the-money put options for risk protection.
Please note the comments at the bottom of this Trade Signals discussing a collared option strategy to hedge equity exposure using investor sentiment extremes as a guide to risk management. Go to www.cboe.com to learn more. Hire an experienced advisor to help you. Never write naked option positions. There are a handful of ETF’s that offer market exposure with downside hedging with options. We do not offer options strategies at CMG. Please email me at email@example.com if you’d like to learn more.
Visit http://www.theoptionsguide.com/the-collar-strategy.aspx for more information.
A diversified investment portfolio is designed to meet pre-defined investment goals. It is often hard to stay the course when stress presents itself. That is when many investors tend to make the biggest mistakes. Diversification means that not all investments perform at the same time. For example, managed futures and long/short funds have underperformed the last several years but are outperforming recently. We’d all like to be in the best-performing areas all the time, but that is just not possible.
Major market events tend to present one or two times per decade. It is for this reason that a longer-term view can provide a useful perspective. We know that many investors incorrectly sold out of the markets during the tech bubble in 2000-2002 and again with record selling at the height of the 2008 great financial crisis. No one knows exactly how the current distress will play out.
What you can do is build a portfolio that is diversified across many risk factors and market environments. You can identify periods in time to become more or less aggressively positioned (overweight when valuations are cheap and underweight when they are expensive). You can manage risk not only by the collections of Stocks, ETFs, and funds selected but also by how you combine them together. Many credible academic studies show diversification brings meaningful improvement to portfolios and you can create a plan designed to achieve a return objective suitable for you risk level, time horizon needs, and goals.
I view the world of investing through a lens of risk and reward. Ultimately, it is far more important to minimize losses than to capture the best gains. Over time, it’s really about understanding the power of compound interest. To this end, I wrote a paper entitled, The Merciless Math of Loss.
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