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Understanding Robert Prechter’s ‘Slope of Hope’

Understanding Robert Prechter’s ‘Slope of Hope’ 

By Elliott Wave International

Almost everybody who follows financial markets has heard about climbing the "wall of worry": the time when prices head up bullishly, but no one quite believes in the rally, so there’s more worry about a fall than a rise.

What’s the opposite condition in the market?

Bob Prechter named it the "slope of hope," meaning that as prices head down, no one wants to believe the market really has turned bearish, so there’s more hope for a rise than fear of a fall.

The market has been rising recently, following a bearish decline from late April through the end of June, which makes now the perfect time to learn more about the slope of hope.

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Excerpted from The Elliott Wave Theorist by Robert Prechter, published June 18, 2010

According to polls, economists are virtually unanimous in the view that the “Great Recession” is over and a recovery is in progress, even though “full employment will take time,” etc. Yet mortgage writing has just plunged to a new low for the cycle (see Figure 1), and housing starts and permits just had their biggest percentage monthly drop since January 1991, which was at the end of a Primary-degree recession. But the latest “recession” supposedly ended a year ago. How can housing activity make new lows this far into a recovery? The answer is in the subtitle to Conquer the Crash, which includes the word depression. The subtleties in economic performance continue to suggest that it “was” not a “recession.” It is a depression, moving forward, in punctuated fashion, slowly but inexorably.

Number of New Mortgages Plunges Again

Despite this outlook, keep in mind what The Elliott Wave Theorist said last month: “Even though the market is about to begin its greatest decline ever, the era of hope is not quite finished.” For as long as another year and a half, there will be rallies, fixes, hopes and reasons to believe in recovery. Our name for this phase of a bear market is the Slope of Hope. This portion of the decline lasts until the center of the wave, where investors stop estimating upside potential and start being concerned with downside potential. Economists in the aggregate will probably not recognize that a depression is in force until 2012 or perhaps beyond. That’s the year the 7.5-year cycle is due to roll over (see April 2010 issue). Stock…
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Timeframes and Actions

Latest thoughts by Tim Knight at The Slope of Hope

Timeframes and Actions

Since – and I’m being my typically overly-polite self here – some people seem confused as to my attitude toward the market, allow me to explain. Again.Short Term (Hours/Days)

  • Open to the possibility of S&P getting as high as 1120
  • Have opened up about 10% of intended short positions already. Vast majority of accounts in cash.
  • Have a small number of long positions, and a pretty big SSO position to soften the blow if the rise continues; occasionally briefly trading ES for pops and drops. Long /ES as of this writing.
  • Opportunistic day-trading ETFs when risk/reward seems heavily in my favor

Medium Term (Next Few Weeks) 

  • Think likelihood of trend change very strong;
  • Going through all stocks in advance and preparing target entry points and stop prices;
  • Intend to hang on to already-established positions and ratchet stops down as needed

Long-Term (Months/Years) 

  • Believe people who are planning on a new bull market are incorrect;
  • Think slow, grinding bear market will continue several years;
  • Believes major government policy shifts and social unrest will accompany bear market;
  • Will trade infrequently once bulk of positions are in place

Got it? Good. Thank you.

A Close Look at the Russell 2000

The /ES continues to grind uncomfortably and annoyingly along its descending trendline of resistance. It could, of course, pop above it at any moment. Given the fact the trendline isn’t even a week in length, a break above it wouldn’t be explosive, but it would be another carpet tack in the coffin of the bearish argument.Some might assume, based on my disposition, that I am massively short the market. I’m not. I have about 10% of my buying power deployed in short positions. I’ve got 3000 shares of SSO to ameliorate the market’s strength. I’ve been spending virtually all my time getting ready for, but not executing, the trades which interest me.The Russell looks like this right now:

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Operating in the favor of the bulls……… 

  • Broad uptrend still very much intact;
  • There’s about 8% upside from here before the major resistance at that rectangle
  • And, just now, AA reported earnings which the market seems to really like.

In the bears’ favor…….. 

  • Trendline breached;
  • Massive resistance overhead

Looking closer, we can see the series of lower lows and lower highs, but one good strong day higher could break this:

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Courtesy of Tim Knight of Slope of Hope

As regular readers know, I’m counting on a countertrend top between 1050 and 1200 on the S&P, and we’re within spitting distance of it. Today’s high was barely 1% underneath 1050. I maintain my belief that this is nothing more than a countertrend rally unless (God forbid) we were to cross above 1200.

The folks over at Elliott Wave provided a very interesting graph on sentiment today:

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Not to put too fine a point on it (.…..say I’m the only bee in your bonnet…….), investors are now even more doe-eyed optimistic about the prospects for equities than they were when the S&P peaked at 1576! All this crap about tons of cash on the sidelines and people waiting to pile into the market is just that: a load of crap. They’re already in! And they’re expecting things to keep soaring! (Just like, ummm, in October 2007).

The "cash on the sidelines" thing drives me nuts. The "cash" was destroyed in the 58% decline – remember? The notion that people:

  1. Sold at the top
  2. Tucked their "cash" away somewhere really, really safe
  3. Now have all that cash at-the-ready to buy stocks

is…….that’s right!…………utter crap.

It’s lovely that today was a good day for me, but I’ve been through the past five months and know it doesn’t mean squat. You know the last time we had a good, solid down week? June! So it pays to take it one day at a time and assume Goldman is just playing games with us all until things start to seriously, seriously crack.

And, I assure you, ladies and gentleman, that is a day to which I eagerly look forward.

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The Last Gold Rush...Ever!

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