S&P 500 Index 1958
By Steve Blumenthal
June 25, 2014
Big Mo remains bullish and the Zweig Bond Model remains on a bullish buy signal for bonds. Both trends remain positive. I believe the inherent level of risk is high as indicated in the above Risk Meter because both valuations are high and investor optimism is high. Don’t Fight the Fed remains in play.
Due to the level of risk, I suggest hedging your equity exposure with some form of tail risk protection (severe event risk protection). Covered call options and buying out of the money put options may be an effective way to hedge.
Included in this week’s Trade Signals:
- Cyclical Equity Market Trend: Bullish Trend for Stocks Remains (as measured by Big Mo)
- Investor Sentiment: NDR Crowd Sentiment Poll
- Zweig Bond Model: Remains Bullish on Bonds
Cyclical Equity Market Trend: Bullish Trend for Stocks Remains
Investor Sentiment 6-24-2014:
Sentiment Chart – NDR Crowd Sentiment Poll: Extreme Optimism (Hedge)
Here are some notes on how to read this chart:
Crowd Sentiment Poll (my favorite sentiment indicator) is well into the Extreme Optimism (Bearish) zone. Note the red arrow and the poor historical equity market performance when the majority of investors are bullish.
The average value of the indicator at Extreme Optimism (1995 to present) is 68.2. The current reading is 70.6. The average reading at Extreme Pessimism is 46.7. The idea here is that one wants to be a buyer when everyone else is selling (Extreme Pessimism) and a seller when everyone else is buying (Extreme Optimism).
If you are a new reader, the gray area highlights the historical market performance when Investor Sentiment, as measured by Ned Davis Research, moves into the Extreme Optimism (Bearish) Zone (above the dotted black line or a reading of 66).
Zweig Bond Model: Remains a Bullish Buy Signal for Bonds
Additional Information along with Charts on Trend, Sentiment and Interest Rate Risk
Additional favorable trend support can be seen in the following 13/34-week trend chart.
13/34-week EMA – The cyclical bull market’s uptrend remains in place. Note the blue 13-week EMA line remains above the red 34-week EMA line. Also note how well this simple, tactical trend indicator has historically captured the cyclical bull and bear market trends. Signals occur when the lines cross.
Interest Rate Gain/Loss Per Every 1% Interest Rate Move
*Think about the above chart as it relates to trading bond fund ETFs tied to the Zweig Bond Model signals as well as the current high risk environment tied to ultra low interest rates.
Interest Rate Trend, as measured by 13/34-week EMA, is lower for both the 30-year Treasury Bond and the 10-year Treasury Note (see blue dotted lines)
Nothing changed here from last week’s post: Despite relatively high valuations, the primary cyclical trend remains favorable. The cyclical trend remains positive as measured by Big Mo and the Fed remains supportive for now. Caution is advised as the cyclical bull is aged and investor sentiment is once again in the Extreme Optimism zone. I continue to expect a sizable summer sell-off and favor hedging your equity exposure and actively managing your bond exposure in a disciplined way (i.e.: Zweig Bond Model).
Please let me know if you have any questions. (See important disclosures below.)
With kind regards,
Stephen B. Blumenthal
Founder & CEO
CMG Capital Management Group, Inc.
Philadelphia – King of Prussia, PA
Provided are several links to learn more about the use of options:
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 is a guide to entry and exit. Go to www.CBOE.com to learn more. Hire an experienced advisor to help you. Never write naked option positions. We do not offer options strategies at CMG.
Several other links:
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