How To Short The Market
For the very first time in many, many months, V readings dropped by 60 points to 3140. As we are still several hundred points above the extreme line, this small downward move will not have much of an impact on market volatility. However, as long as the weekly trend is up; this strong pullback probably presents one more buying opportunity. Hence instead of shorting the market, traders would be better served if they use the strong pullback to purchase top-notch stocks. There is no doubt that some sectors will get whacked more than others and in the process, some of our stocks will hit their stops. The main thing to remember is that if the stock is great we can always get back into it and do so at a much lower price.
The trend is now negative on the daily charts but that is still not a big deal as the weekly trend is still positive. Until the weekly trend turns negative the overall outlook will remain bullish. The monthly trend has also turned negative so this now means that volatility levels will remain high unless the weekly trend matches the monthly trend or the monthly trend reverses to positive. While you might think its a good idea to short the market, we suggest that you use the pullback to add to your long positions. Shorting the markets now is dangerous as the overall long term trend is still bullish
In the interim the most likely outlook is a strong pullback (and the market is currently experiencing one) followed by a strong counter-rally; this began on Friday so let’s see how long it lasts. If the market should rally to new highs and the monthly trend does not change then we can expect a pretty dam strong correction to take hold once the weekly trend turns negative. Always remember that our trend indicator has nothing to do with the drawing of trend lines. For example, the trend could turn negative when a market is trending up (based on the trend line that is moving upwards). This would indicate that a top is probably close at hand and vice versa.
The current correction appears strong but it really is not; the market has not experienced any meaningful correction for at least 3 years. Thus a 10% plus correction is almost warranted and one need not panic if this comes to pass. The only time we need to be concerned is if the weekly trend turns negative.
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Small-cap stocks are holding up better and the Russell appears to have bottomed
The Russell 2000 bottomed out on the 16th and the daily trend is close to turning positive; the pattern is also rather bullish. Small-cap stocks topped out well in advance of the large-cap sector and now it appears that the small-cap Russell 2000 is bottoming out. Once the daily trend for the market turns positive, we can expect the markets to rally strongly to year-end. Historically October is known as the bear killer month; while some of the worst pullbacks take place this month, in nearly all the instances the market reverses and starts to trend higher. Given the weekly trend is up and that we have a bunch of supper corrupt officials in charge, the path upward is the likelier path at least for now. This fake bull market is the only thing that makes it appear that all is well in this economy.
While major indexes including the S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average sustained huge swings that resulted in comparatively modest losses, the Russell 2000—the primary index for small caps—had risen an impressive 3.7 per cent as of Friday morning trade. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF pulled in $2.93 billion of investor flows for the week, the most of any fund and more than triple its closest competitor, the Energy Select SPDR, which saw inflows of $766.1 million. Full Story.
We stated not too long ago that a market cannot trend higher only if it is being led by the large caps (long run) and so this turn around in the small-cap sector appears to indicate that markets want to run a lot higher as money is now flowing into this once ignored segment of the market.
The latest AA sentiment report reveals that there are still more bears when one combines the real bears with the neutrals (bears without teeth).
Bears and neutrals add up to 56%, which is far higher than the total number of bulls. The long term average of bulls stands at 39%, while the combined figure of bears and Neutrals stands at 39%. This suggests that the market has more room to run higher.
Broker-dealer Index does not support Shorting The Market
The index has pulled back nicely since its peak in September and is attempting to put in a bottom. This is a contrarian indicator so lower numbers indicate that more brokers and dealers are turning negative. Remember markets climb a wall of worry and fall down a cliff of joy. So when people are scared and worrying it is good for the markets as long as the trend is up. Additionally, the VIX experienced a huge move up last week, indicating that fear levels were soaring. The index is hovering right around support but we would not be surprised if the Index dropped down to test the main uptrend line in the 158 ranges. After that, it is likely to trend higher in unison with the markets.
The negative divergences continue to mount; therefore we think the very conservative to conservative investor should sit on the sidelines until some steam is let out, even if it’s just a 4-5% pullback. Investors who are willing to take a little extra risk can continue to open up long positions. We will not short the markets until the trend turns negative in the long term time frames (weekly charts). The trend indicator overrules everything else; thus regardless of the pattern if the trend says something else, we will follow the trend. In general, though the patterns we spot tend to be in alignment with the trend (indicator). Market Update Sept 30, 2014
The weekly trend (the more important one) is still up despite the strong sell-off, the small-cap sector is diverging and showing signs of strength, fear levels based on the VIX, XBD and AA sentiment ratio appear to indicate that the market has more room to run. Thus it is too early to say that we are in for a very severe correction at this moment. However as the monthly trend is down, there is a good chance we will start putting in lower highs, unless the monthly trend reverses. It takes a lot to produce a change in the monthly trend so for now, the outlook is that the market’s rally will but the path up to be filled with a lot of volatility. Then either the monthly trend turns positive or the weekly trend turns negative and the correction picks up steam. It’s not time to short the markets yet as Long Term Trend Still Intact
Is Shorting the Markets viable in 2019
The markets are still trading in the overbought ranges and the markets have started letting out a well-deserved dose of steam. The action will probably remain volatile for some time and that’s a great development for traders. Volatility fools the masses into thinking that the markets are set to crash and many of them will dump their top-quality stocks. Our V-indicator which measures market volatility among other factors has soared to a new all-time high, supporting our view that volatility is here to stay.
The best strategy under such conditions is to use sharp pullbacks to open positions in strong companies; the stronger the pullback, the better the opportunity. We can already see signs that 2018 should be a good year for the markets. Individuals waiting for the ideal entry points will be left behind. Dow Stock Market Outlook: Time To Dance or Collapse
Market Sentiment does not support Shorting the Markets
The above data indicates that the masses are from euphoric, hence all sharp pullbacks should be embraced and viewed through a bullish lens. Therefore shorting the market right now, would be one of the worst things any sane investor could ever consider doing. We would not consider shorting the markets until both gauges indicate that the crowd is in a state of euphoria.
A Tactical Investor refuses to panic even when it looks like there is no reprieve in sight, for history indicates that panicking never pays off when it comes to the markets. The masses were, are and will always be prime cannon fodder candidates; they are hard-wired to panic and when they do the outcome is never good. Examine any panic based event, and one thing stands out like a sore thumb, the masses always took a beating. When it comes to shorting the markets, one has to make sure all the forces are aligned in one’s favour and the most important of those forces is mass sentiment. The crowd has to be in a state of euphoria before one can even consider shorting the market. Anyone that is thinking of shorting the market prior to this development is asking for disaster.
Random notes on trading and Mass psychology
Take time to understand the main principles of Mass Psychology as without that you will give in to fear every time the market’s pullback strongly. Understand that our first reaction is to flee when confronted with any danger, don’t fight that feeling, study it and understand it for it is. When you study it, you will come to see how bad such emotions are and in doing so, you will have moved to the stage where you will have the power to say yes or no when exposed to a similar situation. Read history books; you do not have to learn from your experiences only; you can learn by studying the reactions of other people
Once you have mastered that, find 2-3 technical indicators that appeal to you. They must appeal to you; don’t just choose them because they sound fancy or they are promoted as being the best ones out there. Once you find some appealing technical indicators, study them and look for patterns. Technical analysis is like art; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Use long-term charts preferably weekly and monthly charts. Fiat Money; The main driver behind boom & Bust Cycles
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