Archive for August, 2012

Moving Averages: Month-End Update

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Valid until the market close on September 28, 2012

The S&P 500 closed August with a monthly gain of 1.98%. There were two signals triggered today for the Ivy Portfolio: VEU and DBC finished the day as “Invested”, which we also saw in this morning’s preview.

The Ivy Portfolio

The table below shows the current 10-month simple moving average (SMA) signal for each of the five ETFs featured in The Ivy Portfolio. I’ve also included a table of 12-month SMAs for the same ETFs for this popular alternative strategy.


Backtesting Moving Averages

Monthly Close Signals Over the past few years I’ve used Excel to track the performance of various moving-average timing strategies. But now I use the backtesting tools available on the ETFReplay.com website. Anyone who is interested in market timing with ETFs should have a look at this website. Here are the two tools I most frequently use:

Background on Moving Averages

Buying and selling based on a moving average of monthly closes can be an effective strategy for managing the risk of severe loss from major bear markets. In essence, when the monthly close of the index is above the moving average value, you hold the index. When the index closes below, you move to cash. The disadvantage is that it never gets you out at the top or back in at the bottom. Also, it can produce the occasional whipsaw (short-term buy or sell signal), such as we’ve occasionally experienced over the past year.

Nevertheless, a chart of the S&P 500 monthly closes since 1995 shows that a 10- or 12-month simple moving average (SMA) strategy would have insured participation in most of the upside price movement while dramatically reducing losses.

The 10-month exponential moving average (EMA) is a slight variant on the simple moving average. This version mathematically increases the weighting of newer data in the 10-month sequence. Since 1995 it has produced fewer whipsaws than the equivalent simple moving average, although it was a month slower to signal a sell after these two market tops.

A look back at the 10- and 12-month moving averages in the Dow during the …
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Charting China’s ‘Monetary Policy’ Impotence

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Iron Ore inventories to the roof; steel production still ramping; food and energy prices soaring; economy deteriorating rapidly. So why no major stimulus from the PBoC? Too busy in-fighting or perhaps waiting on The Fed or The ECB to rescue us all; we suspect neither of the above. This chart, via Goldman Sachs, indicates the relative looseness of financial conditions (easing / tightening) compared to China's current activity. These two proprietary indicators provide a 'cleaner' view of the various aspects of China's monetary/fiscal policies (from fiscal stimulus to RRR hikes or reverse repos) and its 'real' level of economic growth (unbiased by political need). As is extremely evident, since the initial collapse and huge stimulus in 2008/09, the PBoC has become less and less capable of generating any additional economic activity. Whether this is due to the same shadow-banking effect Europe and the US suffer from in their transmission channels; or more simply that the Chinese may have also hit their bubble-created balance-sheet-recession debt-minimization limit (no matter how mandated from the top-down that spending is).

Goldman Sachs' China Financial Conditions Index vs. China Current Activity Index…

 

One lesson seems clear – as the impact of easing was also failing into the crash of 08/09 – for China, it's go big or go home as nuanced management of liquidity is just not cutting it (and never did); and we remind readers that 'going big' is very unlikely given the already-inflationary environment and bubbly real estate market they find themselves lumbered (pun intended) with.

 

Source: Goldman Sachs





Getting Technical: Weekend Update

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Here’s the latest weekend update from Serge Perreault, a Chartered Professional Accountant and market technician located near Montreal, Canada. Serge has been following the U.S. market in a series of weekly charts. Here is his update on the S&P 500.


For the last 4 weeks, the S&P 500 has been moving sideways, below a 3 year high. This week, its volume was 18% below-average and its momentum indicators kept falling (RSI broke a support and ROC is now testing one). The divergence of RSI from last October should also be noted (uptrend at 1 versus downtrend at 2).

The index is only 18 points or 1.3% away from its EMA10, a break of which would confirm a correction inside an uptrend from the summer of 2010.


 

 

Note: For newcomers to technical analysis, here are brief explanations for the two key indicators that Serge features:

  • ROC (Price Rate of Change)
  • RSI (Relative Strength Index)

(c) Serge Perreault CPA Inc.

 

 

 

 





Russia’s Gazprom Tightens its Stranglehold on Europe, France Falls: The Natural Gas War Gets Dirty

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by testosteronepit.

Wolf Richter   www.testosteronepit.com

Why would France suddenly prohibit shale gas exploration? Sure, there are environmental issues with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the methods used to extract gas from porous shale deep underground: flammable drinking water, earth quakes, cows that die, radioactive sludge in sewage treatment plants…. But French governments have had, let’s say, an uneasy relationship with environmentalists. Its spy service DGSE, for example, sank Greenpeace’s flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, in the port of Auckland, New Zealand, killing one person.

No, there must have been another reason why the government of Nicholas Sarkozy prohibited shale gas exploration in 2011, after having already issued permits in 2010. A mini hullabaloo had broken out, stirred up by the European Ecologists and The Greens (EELV), the fringe on the French left. And Sarkozy caved! Without a fight! Enthusiastically. The government of François Hollande just confirmed the prohibition when Environment Minister Delphine Batho declared: “Hydraulic fracturing remains and will remain prohibited.”

The clue: Sarkozy suddenly visited Japan on March 31, 2011, a couple of weeks after the horrific earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear accident at Fukushima, to declare in front of shell-shocked Japanese that there was “no alternative” to nuclear power.

He’d been dispatched by the almighty state-owned nuclear industry to tamp down on the growing anti-nuclear sentiment at home. Owned by the government, nuclear power plants produce 75% of France’s electricity and export some of it. No one who wants to be politically viable is allowed to hamper the industry. If someone strays off the reservation, he or she is dragged back soon. While Hollande campaigned on a vague promise to reduce dependency on nuclear power to 50%, it was understood as one of the bones he had to toss to environmentalists. Nothing would come of it.

So when Batho, who wants to add more renewables to the portfolio, toed the party line by saying, “Nuclear power is an industry with future,” then qualified it with a “but,” it caused an outcry even among the Socialists. That’s the power the nuclear industry has over the political machines.

But now another powerful entity turned up: Russia’s Gazprom. It’s the world’s largest gas producer, gas exporter, and gas distribution company with nearly 100,000 miles of gas trunk lines and branches. The Russian government owns…
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Visualizing The Public Vs. Private College Debate

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While attending a private college and being trained in the mystical art of CTRL->C / CTRL->P might leave you strangled by a debt-load larger than Spain’s, it is empirically true that salary-upside remains (almost $10,000 per year more); the following infographic lays out why the public vs private college debate continues.

 

Public vs. Private: How College Quality Can Impact Your Future
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The Zero Hedge Daily Round Up #117 – 31/08/2012

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Submitted by dottjt.

It probably crushes your little heart, that I defaced the one man you oh-so-love. “NO, Julius! Not that guy! He means everything to me!” But when it comes to Romney or Obama, any amount of defamation is perfectly fine and even acceptable. Fortunately for me, humor doesn’t discriminate. All you need is an open mind. Anything else, and you’re a sheep. This is the Zero Hedge Daily Round Up.

http://youtu.be/KpvX_XnW17Q

1. Ron Paul: Both parties Keynesian. I’m badass. 2. Euro unemployment diverges with U.S. employment. The stagflation beast. 3. Bernanke: Jackson Hole. 4. Housing prices: $3.2 trillion hurdle. 5. Bankia FOBR, says capital inject needed imminently. 6. European stock market takes acid. 7. Facebook shares at $18.

Alternatively, you can download the show as a podcast on iTunes or any RSS capable device.

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Today’s Mad ‘Manipulated’ World Of Markets; Or “How To Fit 2 Seconds Of Trading Into 1 Millisecond!”

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

We noted earlier that something looked fishy into the close today – our so-called ‘tickle-algo’ appeared evident – but without the superlative HFT data that Nanex has, we had no way to know just how berserk things were. Here, for your viewing pleasure (with a hidden message) is the last 1 millisecond of trading in SPY today – a period in which as much trading data (quotes and trades) that would fit in two seconds of ‘pipe’ was blasted through the exchange networks. Nanex’s ‘Whac-a-mole’ algo in all its glory – as they note “this has the strong odor of manipulation.”

 

Nanex ~ 31-Aug-2012 ~ Whac-A-Mole in SPY

Whac-a-mole in SPY at the close on August 31, 2012. About as much trading data (quotes and trades) that would fit in 2 seconds of pipe, was blasted through the exchange networks in the last millisecond of the day. We estimate about $1 billion of SPY and 75,000 eMini contracts traded. The wild oscillations that are shown on the chart between 16:00:00 and 16:00:02 actually happened in the last millisecond of the trading session. Why the trades oscillate like that, we’ll never know, but it has the strong odor of manipulation. And this event has happened before.

Charts below show the bid/ask spread (shaded) and trades (dots) color coded by exchange. For clarity, not all charts show all exchanges.

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Europe’s Scariest Chart… Got Scarier

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While the general level of unemployment in Europe is rising in a scary enough way (more detail here), the one really concerning data point has gone from bad to worse. When we last looked at youth unemployment in Europe, things were stabilizing a little, though at extremely lofty levels. With the release of July's data, the situation has deteriorated rapidly; Euro-Zone youth unemployment hs now ticked back up to its euro-era record-high of 22.6% (18-year highs). Only Portugal saw an improvement is the rate of unemployment among the Under-25 age group (from 37.6% to 36.4%) though it remains anarchically high. Italy was the hardest hit, back above 35% with its largest rise in youth joblessness in 5 months, Ireland rose back above 30% for its biggest rise in 11 months as France jumped to two-year highs and Spain and Greece are practically deadlocked with ~53% of their younger-generation out of work – new all-time records. Why do we worry? Why is this so scary? Two reasons – this and this.

 

 

Data: Bloomberg





Guest Post: Your Window to Buy Gold Below $1,700 Is Closing

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Jeff Clark of Casey Research,

Even the hardiest investors have been lamenting that gold prices have been stuck in a rut for a long time. Others with less experience have watched the market waiting for something to happen….

And as always, many bailed out of the market entirely, licking their wounds.

But some, including me, have been stocking up.

We’re convinced prices won’t stay down forever.

In fact, I think there’s a good reason to buy gold if you can, and as soon as possible.

Here’s why:

Based on the data I chart below, I believe the window of time to buy gold for less than $1,700 an ounce is very limited.

I examined gold’s three largest corrections since the bull market began in 2001, including how long it took to recover from those corrections and establish new highs.

The conclusion that emerged is that the current lull in gold prices will almost certainly end soon, if it hasn’t already.

Gold set a record on September 5, 2011 at $1,895 an ounce (London PM Fix) and to date has fallen as low as $1,531 (December 29, 2011), a decline of 19.2%. Gold has tested that level several times since but never broke below it.

In order to determine how long it might take to breach $1,895 again, I measured the time it took to mount new highs after big corrections in the past.

The following chart details the three largest corrections since 2001, and calculates how many weeks it took the gold price to a) breach the old high, and b) stay above that level.

(Click on image to enlarge)

In 2006, after a total decline of 22.6%, it took a year and four months for gold to surpass its old high. After the 2008 meltdown, it was a year and six months later before the metal hit a new record. The 16.2% drop in 2003 lasted seven months, and another two months before the price stayed above it.

You can see that our correction has lasted just shy of a year. If we matched the recovery time of 2006, gold would hit a new high on Christmas Eve (Merry Christmas!).

But here’s the thing: that’s how long it would take gold to…
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STTG Market Recap Aug 31, 2012

Courtesy of Blain.

Stocks finished off a mostly quiet month of August, with one of the most volatile sessions of the month.  The market gapped up to begin the day, upon arrival of the widely anticipated speech from Ben Bernanke at 10 AM at Jackson Hole, and upon release of the headlines from the speech sold off to fill the morning gap.  The market then did a complete U-turn in the following 60 minutes to run to highs of the day, before selling off sharply between noon and 1:30 PM.  However a new low was not created and the rest of the day was the normal chop we have become used to in August as many traders left early for the long weekend.  The bottom line from the speech was the Fed stands ready, able, with many options yada yada.  Nothing new here.  One misconception of the 2010 Jackson Hole speech was Bernanke said nothing akin to “we’re going to do a new round of easing” – he simply laid out a very similar framework as was outlined in the FOMC minutes released last week.  So anyone expecting more was out of line – this is not a speech to dictate policy.

Over to the charts – the S&P 500 held yesterday’s lows with a 0.5% gain on the day.  It continues to hover in the middle of the ascending channel and more sideways action in a non volatile fashion would be a positive.

 

The NASDAQ had a bit more of a scare than the S&P 500 as Apple had another quiet session, and this index did break yesterday’s lows briefly but came back to finish in good fashion with a 0.6% gain.

 

The stars of the days were precious metals as both gold and silver ran on debasement of the currency prospects.  Please note the potentially very bullish technical condition in gold; a breakout from a descending channel.  When these follow through they are sometimes the most powerful moves you will see within a chart.   Both metals bounced smartly off their 200 day moving averages after clearing them last week on the announcement of the FOMC minutes.

Oil actually has a similar set up to gold in terms of a descending channel breakout but has some overhead resistance ahead in the name of the 200 day moving average.

 

PIMCO…
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The American GI in WWII, uncensored

Pfc Elias Friedensohn in June 1945 at the Special Services Distributing Point, Seine Section, Paris, France. National Archives

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I can still recall the exhilaration I felt in the reading room of the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

It was mid-April 2009. I was scrolling through roll after microfilm roll of the War Department’s “Opinion Surveys Relating to the Morale of U.S. Army Personnel.”

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The Bulls Continue To Bet On The Fed

Courtesy of Lance Roberts, RealInvestmentAdvice.com

Over the last several weeks, we have been discussing the potential for a market correction simply due to divergences in the technical indicators which suggested near-term market risk outweighed the reward. As is generally the case, bonds have been warning the bullish bias of equity investors was likely misplaced. I have updated last week’s chart for reference.

The increase in risks has had us rotating exposure in our portfolios to a more defensive tilt. We previously trimmed back our overweight exposure to Technology, Then, two weeks ago, we noted...



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Jefferies Sees 60-Percent Upside In Aphria Shares, Says Buy The Dip

Courtesy of Benzinga.

After a red-hot start to 2019, Canadian cannabis producer Aphria Inc (NYSE: APHA) has run out of steam, tumbling more than 31 percent in the past three months.

Despite the recent weakness, one Wall Street analyst said Friday that the stock has 30-percent upside potential. 

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DAX (Germany) About To Send A Bearish Message To The S&P 500?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Is the DAX index from Germany about to send a bearish message to stocks in Europe and the States? Sure could!

This chart looks at the DAX over the past 9-years. It’s spent the majority of the past 8-years inside of rising channel (1), creating a series of higher lows and higher highs.

It looks to have created a “Double Top” as it was kissing the underside of the rising channel last year at (2).

After creating the potential double top, the DAX index has continued to create a series of lower highs, while experiencing a bearish divergence with the S...



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Brexit Joke - Cant be serious all the time

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

Alistair Williams comedian nails it, thank god for good humour! Prime Minister May the negotiator. Not!


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Digital Currencies

Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control

 

Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what ...



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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

Reminder: We are available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red. David Gilbert/Kyle Klein, CC BY-ND

Courtesy of David M. Gilbert, Florida State University

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More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

rawpixel / Pixabay

Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...



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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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The threat to America is this: we have abandoned our core philosophy. Our first principle of this nation as a meritocracy, a free-market economy, where competition drives economic decision-making. In its place, we have allowed a malignancy to fester, a virulent pus-filled bastardized form of economics so corrosive in nature, so dangerously pestilent, that it presents an extinction-level threat to America – both the actual nation and the “idea” of America.

This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

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