What We’re Seeing Now in the Markets

What We’re Seeing Now in the Markets

I haven’t written in a while because we have been watching the markets and the current situation for signs that we should either move to protect your portfolio(s) or wait out the current market turmoil.

It appears we might finally have our answer.

Here is what we currently see happening in the equity markets:

The selling pressure has been declining, meaning there is less and less selling pressure as time has progressed since the previous market peak in early January, and the buying pressure has been increasing.

I know this seems counterintuitive with the markets dropping like they have over these past couple of months, but we have new metrics that show the underlying currents, and those metrics are telling us selling pressure has been steadily declining. For the details, see the graphs and discussion below if you are comfortable with graphs.

As I have mentioned in previous articles and communications, it’s almost impossible to effectively protect against a -10% move in the S&P500 so we must be very careful about when we apply protection because we must be right twice - once when we get out, and a second time when we get back in.

My strongest advice for now is to stay the course, be patient, and we’ll get to the other side of this together (hopefully we’re already there). For more details on why I am saying this, please read “The Worst Investment Mistake” if you haven’t already.

One of the advantages to being a Clear Capital Management Client is you get the benefits of future “software upgrades” as we continue to improve our metrics and investment management technologies. These new indicators are a most recent example of that.

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Detailed Market Discussion and Analysis

Recently our investment research produced a new indicator that will help us to better understand the equity, interest rate, commodity, and cryptocurrency markets going forward.

I’ll use the graphs below to describe what we’re currently seeing in the equity markets and why we think these new metrics will be helpful in the future.

Our new metrics measure “buying pressure” and “selling pressure”

In the graphs below the gray line is a measure of buying pressure while the orange line is a measure of selling pressure.

As you can see from the first two graphs of the S&P 500 (SPY) and the NASDAQ 100 (QQQ), the buying pressure has been slowly increasing and the selling pressure has been declining over the past two months even though the prices (black line) have been falling.

New selling pressure (orange line) and buying pressure (gray line) indicators for the S&P 500 (SPY - black line)

New selling pressure (orange line) and buying pressure (gray line) indicators for the NASDAQ 100 (QQQ - black line)

If we look further back in time to 2018 you can see how this has played out during the market drop at the end of 2018, the Pandemic in March 2020, and more recently over the past 2 months.

Longer term graph showing our new selling pressure (orange line) and buying pressure (gray line) indicators for the S&P 500 (SPY - black line)

Longer term graph showing our new selling pressure (orange line) and buying pressure (gray line) indicators for the NASDAQ 100 (QQQ - black line)

These indicators appear to be good indicators going all the way back to 1977 when we look at the S&P 500 index going back that far. If you data nerds would like access to the graph showing the data going back to 1977, please request it here.

We think these new indicators will help us correctly position the portfolios of our clients by giving us early warnings of changing buying or selling pressures as we have demonstrated above.

That being said, they need to be applied in conjunction with our other risk measurement technologies to determine when it makes sense to become defensive and when it makes sense to wait out the inclement market conditions.

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