Death Cross is not a bearish omen for the stock market
Death Cross Is Not A Bearish Omen For The Stock Market

Death Cross Is Not A Bearish Omen For The Stock Market

Death Cross Is Not A Bearish Omen For The Stock Market

People who cannot recognise a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilisation.

Agnes Repplier

Death Cross

One of the common themes we have spotted it that many of the readily available tools don’t provide their users with any significant edge. If the indicator is easy to use and easy to master, that means a plethora of individuals will be relying on it to give them some advantage over the masses. What they fail to understand is that they are the part of the mass, they are trying to outwit.   A lot of chatter has sprung about lately regarding the death cross.  First, it was the Dow, and now there is talk about the U.S dollar.  This tool like the “Hindenburg Omen” is for the most worthless.  Other than the cool names they carry, they offer little regarding value: they are both easy to master and understand and this, in essence, renders them useless.

For those not familiar with the term death cross, it is a technical indicator, and it occurs when an index or stock’s 50-day moving average falls below its long-term moving average, which is usually the 200-day moving average.  The talking heads would have you believe that the end of the world was nigh. As usual, when this occurred this year, they came out of the woodwork screaming bloody murder. Like a broken clock, they appeared to be right for a moment of time, but then reality hit, the illusion vanished, and they ran back into the woodwork when the market reversed course.  Take a look and determine what it represents to you, disaster or opportunity.

Death Cross in 2015 buying opportunity for the Dow image

Investors Should Not Take Market Omens Seriously

When we look at it, we do not see anything dangerous or anything to fear. Once fear takes over you are paralysed and rather than acting in a way that produces rewards, the result is usually failure and loss. Now to be fair, if you are nimble, then one could make money shorting the markets, but you would have to be pretty agile; something that is easier said than done. Look how fast the market reversed course.

Using the Dow as an example,  if one had shorted the Dow based on the so-called “death cross pattern”, the outcome would have in most cases been far from perfect.  You would have jumped in based on the signal, but what would have been your signal to jump out.  If you did not move quickly or were waiting for a trigger to nullify the “death cross”, you would have lost of the potential gains, and this is assuming that you managed to get in at the precise moment the signal was triggered.

We believe that time would be better spent by making a list of stocks to buy, for the upside gains usually dwarf those made from shorting.  History is on your side too. Over time markets trend upwards, and not downwards.

At the Tactical Investor, a death cross is a buying event, time to break out a bottle of champagne and celebrate alone, while the masses are busy chanting death to the markets. Take the time to understand that disaster is the code name for opportunity, and that the masses are never on the right side of the markets for any given period.   Be happy when the masses panic, and panic when the masses are happy.

Death Cross Update and Stock Market Outlook April 2020

As a market crash is eventually inevitable, so is an enormous recovery; in fact, the recovery phase is stronger and more rewarding than the crash phase. But the masses will never focus on this; they will focus on how the market could trend lower, and why it’s not the right time to buy yet, or why it’s different this time and a host of other rubbish that makes no sense. And when the markets eventually surge to new highs, these penguins will look back in horror at how they did exactly what they promised they would never do again. The sad part is that they will make the same promise again, and react in the same manner; insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while promising never to repeat the process.

The coronavirus pandemic hysteria makes for once in a lifetime buying opportunity. Don’t give in to the fear, but, focus on the opportunity.


A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
Bertrand Russell

 Other reports of interest:

Market Timing Does it work  (Oct 28)

Turkey shot down a Russian Drone  (Oct 27)

Russia, Syria and the Religious war  (Oct 27)

stocks and bonds did not crash in 2015  (Oct 25)

It’s not time to sell the DAX (oct 22)

The Dow is getting ready to Soar  (Oct 21)

why its time to investing in banking stocks (Oct 18)

Ignore the Yield Curve- bank stocks are a bargain (Oc 16)

Dr Copper back from the dead; time to buy or blink (Oct 7)

Gold prices set to jump in 2015? (Sept 22)

Market Selloff; is it time to panic  (Sept 12)

Forever Quantitative easing continues unabated  (Sept 10)

Currency wars detonate (Aug 27)

The Gold Bull is Dead (Aug 21)

Currency wars intensify (Aug 20)



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