AAII presentation yesterday; world markets and banks in BWR down-trends; mainly in cash, see The Big Short


I presented a workshop for three hours yesterday to the DC metro AAII meeting, about 80 wonderful attendees. I taught them how I use modified GMMA charts to determine the general market’s and an individual stock’s major price trends. I then showed them that the QQQ and SPY were in BWR (longer term blue moving averages above shorter term red moving averages with a white space between them) down-trends. I did not show them my watchlist of 38 index ETFs from around the world.  All but one, perhaps Ireland (where US companies are moving their corporate homes), are in fully developed BWR down-trends. Here are just a few:


Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.06.12 AMIndia:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.07.07 AMUnited Kingdom:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.07.49 AMEmerging Markets:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.08.37 AMIsrael:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.09.25 AMIreland is the strongest of all, but a budding down-trend now:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.10.48 AMI could have shown you the others, but you can trust me that  37 of 38 world market ETFs I looked at are in solid BWR down-trends. Are we scared yet? The last time I saw anything like this was in 2007 when all of the bank stocks were in BWR down-trends. How are the banks doing now?

Bank of America, BAC:

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Citicorp, C:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.14.36 AMGoldman Sachs, GS:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.15.25 AMWells Fargo, WFC:

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.16.26 AMAre the Dow Jones Transports turning around as some pundits have opined?

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 11.18.02 AMHow about the Dow 30 index?

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The GMI remains on a Sell signal and I am mainly in cash. Plenty of time to get back in later once the market has turned up. When will that occur and from what level?  Nobody knows (but don’t hold your breath)….. For some insight,  go to the movies and see The Big Short.



12 thoughts on “AAII presentation yesterday; world markets and banks in BWR down-trends; mainly in cash, see The Big Short”

  1. Looking at the GMMA chart, you would think it’s “obvious” that it lets you identify when to exit and enter. But how does it do in reality, with actionable signals?

    Let’s apply some quantitative rules: Sell when the short EMAs are below the long EMAs; but when the short EMAs are above the long.

    On the S&P 500 since 1950, starting with $10k:
    GMMA: CAGR 5.5%, Profit: $325k, Maxdd: -38%
    Buy&Hold: CAGR: 7.4%, Profit: $11M, MaxDD: -57%

    Now, which is the better system?

  2. @ ZZ, I am assuming when you say “buy” you mean “enter into a long position” and when you say “sell” you mean “exit that long position.” How does your analysis fare if, instead of waiting for all the short EMAs to go below the long ones, you exit when all the short EMAs cease being above the long ones, i.e. once the 3 week EMA drops below the 30 week EMA? Waiting for the 15 week to drop below the 60 week would be a long wait through declining prices. For the current decline, if you were trading SPY that would mean getting out around 8/21/16 rather than around 10/2/16.

  3. (tried posting yesterday, but not showing up):
    Two mistakes on what I had above.
    1. B&H is $1.1M profit, not $11M (too many leading 1’s!)

    2. GMMA is:
    CAGR: 6.3%, Profit: $575k, MaxDD: -33%
    (I think I was running on daily bars, not weekly)

    Now …
    Changing the rules as suggested: go to cash when the short EMAs dip
    below the highest long EMA (so all red lines would be under the
    highest blue line); Buy when the red lines are above the lowest blue:
    CAGR: 7.2%, Profit: $980k, MaxDD: -29%

    So that approach looks a lot better in comparison. You give up some
    CAGR but get significantly lower drawdown. There is a little bit of whipsaw with this, as the rules can be overlapping in some cases (get a sell then buy immediately, so some fine-tuning of that would be needed).

  4. wanted to add: imho this is the sort of thing you should do, if you are looking to use such strategies. Don’t take someone’s word for it, or make a conclusion by eyeballing a chart. I think that a number of things posted here do not hold up under scrutiny of actual testing.

  5. Dr. Wish, could you teach a seminar here in Alexandria or Springfield in Northern Virginia?? (just below the beltway). I think there would be a large audience. People here just don’t like to drive up to DC due to traffic and parking difficulties.

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