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: Bearish*
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.
An uneasy feeling
I wrote a week ago that I had an uneasy feeling about the stock market's intermediate term outlook. This was owing to a combination of global market weakness, and cross-asset warning signals. Last week, US equities continued to grind upwards. Let's review how those signals evolved.
Starting with the US, the SPX broke up through a rising trend line to a new recovery high. Internals were mixed. While Advance-Decline Lines staged upside breakouts to all-time highs, the ratio of high beta to low volatility stocks, which is a risk appetite indicator was range-bound and did not confirm the market's strength. Neither the the NYSE Advance-Decline Volume (bottom panel).
The full post can be found here.