by phil - July 25th, 2010 11:15 am
As I said in our last 5% Rule Update, way back on May 5th, I’m not a big fan of TA. We have our 5% rule and it serves us well enough but that’s a statistical analysis, not a technical one. The only TA I put a lot of stock in is Fibonacci Retracements but that, also, is really statistical science and has nothing to do with trying to predict the movement of squiggly lines on a chart.
The 5% Rule does NOT tell you which way the market is going. It does tell you where the resistance points will be. Of course, knowing that and knowing what kind of bounces to expect and knowing where a proper breakdown or break-out occurs is kind of useful and, when it coincides with the tea leaves that are read by the "real" TA guys – you can really have something good to go by!
Unfortunately, the 5% Rule is not really a RULE because it requires a cynical background in statistics, especially regarding aberrant values or "outliers" and a general understanding of market history as well as current market events because all need to be taken into account in order to give you accurate "consolidation levels" from which we base out chart movement.
The great Harry Houdini used to enjoy amazing audiences with demonstrations of the supernatural, especially when he would pull back the curtain and reveal the frauds that others were passing off as reality. That’s how I feel about TA - we can use these very simple scientific "tricks" to project the movement of the market and others can paint their charts and dress them up in whatever language they wish to make it unique but, to me, it still all boils down to the fundamentals with the underlying movement governed by normal regression patterns influenced by capital flows and sentiment.
Whatever you want to call it, here’s our chart from May 5th, where I said: "So what lies ahead? Most likely a retrace back to 1,100 (25% of our run) but if that holds and we consolidate a bit, I will be downright bullish. I will also be impressed if we hold 1,145, which was our last breakout line but, for now, we have a 3.75% drop from 1,218 but a poor bounce yesterday indicates we are likely to get down to a 5% pullback from 1,218 to 1,157 and…
by ilene - September 24th, 2009 5:18 pm
Here’s a terrific article by Tim at The Psy-Fi Blog about Fibonacci numbers and Elliott Wave Theory.
Brief Intro: Elliott Wave Theory, introduced in 1933 by R.N. Elliott, is based on Fibonacci numbers and is used to describe market trends. Robert Prechter’s socionomic theory is an ambitious "theory of everything" based on Fibonacci numbers and fractals (patterns in nature), and extending to the ups and downs of markets, social mood, length of women’s skirts, measures civil unrest such as crime and war, etc. The theory is that all are related, dictated by the numerical series. How, is never answered unless you go mystic. While Elliott Wave counts appear useful for traders, the reason may be that many others use these numbers and patterns for determining buy and sell points. Also, the general notion that markets go up and down in waves, reflecting our collective psychology, makes sense without the grander notions of an all encompassing theory. – Ilene
Courtesy of Tim at The Psy-Fi Blog
As an up-to-date in-your face sort of blog we like to make sure our readers are well informed about the financial world as we see it. So, starting back in Ancient India in 200BC and taking in medieval Italy and some early twentieth century anti-Darwinian evolutionary thinking let’s take a look at plant growth and snail shells, how twentieth century humanity’s inclination to see the Man in the Moon translates into modern financial theory and why physics may simply be wishful thinking.
At the root of this journey is a simple mathematical progression named after a man who never discovered it and was more concerned with accountancy than trading. Still, he’s still remembered a millennium after his death, which is more than most of us can ever aspire to.
The Golden Ratio
In 1202 the Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, aka Fibonacci, wrote Liber Abaci, a book which has three claims to fame in financial circles. Firstly it was one of the first books to introduce the Arabic numbering system to the West. Secondly it laid out the foundations of modern bookkeeping. Thirdly it presented the number pattern known as the Fibonacci sequence, although this had been known long before by Indian mathematicians. Only the latter has little significance in the development of science and business but, naturally, it’s the one
by Chart School - September 4th, 2009 2:31 pm
“The Professor” Corey Rosenbloom at Afraid to Trade offers us a longer term look at Gold. Although it’s breaking out on the shorter-term charts, the chart above clearly indicates there exists resistance above which must be cleared for the next bull rally to run. (Source: Afraid to Trade)
Precision Capital Management offers a very interesting look at Gold priced in multiple currencies. They state: “Gold is one of the leading indicators we follow at our website. Everyone seems to have noticed the spike up this week in gold, but how do we determine if the move is real, or merely a fakeout? To confirm that gold is advancing on its own merits as part of a longer term move, which is not the result solely of US Dollar weakness, we want to see confirmation of an up move in gold priced in other currencies. Above shows gold priced in the Canadian Dollar (CAD), Australian Dollar (AUD), Japanese Yen (JPY), and the Euro (EUR). When gold began its last advance in November 2008, the move was confirmed by higher lows in the commodity currencies of the CAD and AUD, as well as the EUR (even though there were lower lows in the JPY and USD gold). Eventually, there were higher lows in the JPY and USD gold at the beginning of December 2008. Accordingly, for the gold bull case, early confirmation would be to see current lows in AUD, CAD and EUR gold respected on the first pullback (especially in the former two as they are commodity currencies), preferably accompanied with a break through overhead resistance.” (Source: Precision Capital Management)
Our partners over at RatioTrading bring us yet our third and final perspective on Gold: “As demonstrated in this chart, Gold has historically respected key Fibonacci Ratio levels and with Gold retesting all time highs, where could it be headed? Well as we look historically over the past year or so we see that in many instances when the GLD broke out and made a new low, it went right to either a 1.272 Fibonacci extension ($73)…
by phil - August 12th, 2009 7:52 am
Wheee, that was fun!
There's nothing like a good sell-off when you are prepared for it. Roll out of bed and drop 20 feet unexpectedly and it's terrifying but willingly climb to the top of a waterslide to plunge 50 feet and it's exhilarating. By the way, if you do drop 20 feet rolling out of bed – it may be a good idea to move your bed and if your virtual portfolio took a big hit in yesterday's very minor correction, it may be time to move some of those positions as well.
We were not just prepared for a drop, we were almost bored stiff waiting for it but, in the end, the call to cash out our bull plays into the weekend was a very solid one and now we have 150 points to go before we have to consider a re-entry at those levels. So far, we have a very minor 1.5% pullback off a 15% run since July 13th so 1.5% more to go for a 20% retrace. That will give us 9,118 on the Dow which is, amazingly right about our 5% rule off 8,650 (9,082 to be exact) so let's call that 9,100 and VERY significant. Our other 3% pullback lines are S&P 980, Nasdaq 1,950, NYSE 6,400 and Russell 550. This is the great thing about being the creator of the 5% rule – I can round off if I want to because, IT'S MY RULE.
I'm sure if Fibonacci were alive today he'd say: "38.2%, 40% – what's the difference, it's just a guideline!" Fibonacci discovered his sequences in his search for a way to blend math, art and nature. Clearly the stock market is ruled by math and human nature but too many chartists forget the art of the thing. That's why our 5% rule bends around psychological chart resistance points, the flexibility we have to take market psychology into account is what allows us to hit our targets on the nose a year in advance but it's the "art" of it that tends to bother people because it does require an intelligent person to look at a chart and decide which moves are real and which are not.