We maintain several market timing models, each with differing time horizons. The "Ultimate Market Timing Model" is a long-term market timing model based on the research outlined in our post, Building the ultimate market timing model. This model tends to generate only a handful of signals each decade.
The Trend Asset Allocation Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following principles based on the inputs of global stock and commodity price. This model has a shorter time horizon and tends to turn over about 4-6 times a year. In essence, it seeks to answer the question, "Is the trend in the global economy expansion (bullish) or contraction (bearish)?"
My inner trader uses a trading model, which is a blend of price momentum (is the Trend Model becoming more bullish, or bearish?) and overbought/oversold extremes (don't buy if the trend is overbought, and vice versa). Subscribers receive real-time alerts of model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the those email alerts are updated weekly here. The hypothetical trading record of the trading model of the real-time alerts that began in March 2016 is shown below.
The latest signals of each model are as follows:
- Ultimate market timing model: Sell equities*
- Trend Model signal: Neutral*
- Trading model: Neutral*
Update schedule: I generally update model readings on my site on weekends and tweet mid-week observations at @humblestudent. Subscribers receive real-time alerts of trading model changes, and a hypothetical trading record of the those email alerts is shown here.
Subscribers can access the latest signal in real-time here.
Good news, bad news
I have some good news, and some bad news for equity bulls. The month is complete and the month-end data is in. The good news is the broadly based Wilshire 5000 strengthened sufficiently to flash a monthly MACD buy signal. In the past, similar buy signals have been followed by multi-month bull phases.
The bad news is the buy signal coincided with a negative RSI divergence just as the index made a closing high. This represents a warning for investors to exit a bull trend after a monthly MACD buy signal. The last sell signal occurred in August 2018, and the market topped out two months later (see Market top ahead? My inner investor turns cautious).
A sell signal just as the system flashes a buy signal? Should investors view this as bullish or bearish?
The full post can be found here.