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Market Risk Warning

My Market Risk Indicator is signalling today. That means I add a mid term volatility hedge to the Volatility Hedged portfolio and the Long / Short hedged portfolio. The Long / Cash portfolio goes 100% to cash. The portfolio allocations are as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: 100% cash Long / Short hedged portfolio: 50% long high beta stocks and 50% long mid term volatility (or an ETF like VXZ or VIXM) Volatility Hedged portfolio: 50% long and 50% long mid term volatility (or an ETF like VXZ or VIXM) As always, use your own judgement and personal risk preferences to allocate your own portfolios. And, of course, never trade a financial instrument that you don’t understand.  

 
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Market Strength Whipsaw

Over the past week my core measures of market strength whipsawed. The category went positive last week, then went back to negative yesterday. Another thing of note is that my core measures of stock market risk fell substantially. This indicates a foundational weakening in market action (as opposed to my market risk indicator which looks for fear in the market). The core portfolio allocations have changed to the following: Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (since 5/7/2018) Long / Short Hedged portfolio: 70% long high beta stocks and 30% short the S&P 500 Index (or use an ETF like SH) Long / Cash portfolio: 40% long and 60% cash

 
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Consolidation Likely

My market health indicators are signalling that some consolidation is likely. All of the core categories are negative with the exception of risk. When this happens it usually signals that investors are taking profits, rebalancing portfolios, and/or rotating between sectors. At this point, I don’t expect a large draw down. It’s more likely that we get some chop (maybe a month or so) before moving to new highs in the S&P 500 Index (SPX). The movement in my core indicators change the portfolio allocations as follows: Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (since 5/7/2018) Long / Cash portfolio: 20% long and 80% cash Long / Short Hedged portfolio: 60% long high beta stocks and 40% short the S&P 500 Index (or use an ETF like SH) As always, use your own risk tolerance to manage your portfolio.

 
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Market Quality Recovers

Over the past week, my measures of market quality recovered and are now back above zero. This changes the portfolio allocations as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: Long 60% cash 40% Long / Short Hedged portfolio: Long 80% high beta stocks Short 20% the S&P 500 Index (or use and ETF like SH) Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (since 5/7/2018)

 
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Market Quality and Strength Falter

Over the past week my core measures of market quality and strength fell below zero. One thing of note is that perceptions of risk aren’t rising much (yet). So, we’re seeing core weakness without a lot of concern. We’ll just have to wait to see if the weakness turns to fear or if this is simply a whip saw. The weakness in market quality and strength changes the core portfolio allocations as noted below. As always, use your own personal risk tolerance to structure your own portfolio. Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% Long (Since 5/7/2018) Long / Short Hedged portfolio: 70% long high beta stocks and 30% short the S&P 500 Index (or use an ETF like SH) Long / Cash portfolio: 40% long and 60% cash  

 
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Market Quality Goes Positive

Over the past week my measures of market quality have gone positive. This changes the portfolio allocations as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: 80% long and 20% cash Long / Short Hedged portfolio: 90% long high beta stocks and 10% short the S&P 500 Index (or use an ETF like SH) Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (Since 5/7/2018)

 
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Strengthening Indicators

All of my market health indicators are strengthening. Most notably my measures of risk and strength have moved from negative to positive. This changes the portfolio allocations as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: 60% long and 40% cash Long / Short porfolio: 80% long high beta stocks and 20% short the S&P 500 Index (or use an ETF like SH) Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (since 5/7/2018)

 
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Here We Go Again

My market risk indicator is warning again this week. That means a mid term volatility hedge on all the portfolios or going to cash. Below are the current portfolio allocations. Long / Cash portfolio: 100% cash Long / Short Hedged portfolio: 50% long and 50% hedged with mid term volatility (an ETF/ETN like VXZ) Volatility Hedged portfolio: 50% long and 50% hedged with mid term volatility. My core market risk indicators are also dropping fairly quickly.

 
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Market Risk Warning Clears

My market risk indicator finally cleared its warning that was issued on 2/9/2018. We didn’t get the further downside that I expected (based on the odds), but our longs performed well enough that it blunted the loss from the volatility hedge (which held up relatively well due to a volatile month). My portfolio suffered a .6% loss. I feel it’s money well spent to sleep well at night when the market is in question. Most of my core market health indicators have strengthened since the last update. However, my core measures of risk still haven’t recovered. This measure is longer term in nature than my market risk indicator so it tends to take longer to clear. With everything added up the portfolio allocations are now as follows. Long / Cash portfolio: 80% long and 20% cash Long / Short portfolio: 90% long high beta stocks and 10% short the S&P 500 Index (or use an ETF like SH) Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long

 
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Market Risk Warning

I mentioned on Monday that my market risk indicator was warning. It still hasn’t cleared and it doesn’t look like it has a chance to clear by the end of the day. As a result, I’m calling a warning signal. Market risk warnings come in two varieties. Ones that last for only a week or two (a false signal) and ones that last for several months (a significant correction or bear market). This signal has the odds tilted to more downside because the Bullish Percent Index (BPSPX) is below 60. When it is below 60 and my market risk indicator is warns the odds increase substantially (3 times more likely) that we’ve still got at least another 10% drop from here before we make an ultimate low. This isn’t a prediction, merely stating the odds based on history. This signal changes the portfolio allocations as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: 100% cash Long / Short portfolio: 50% long high beta stocks and 50% long midterm volatility (an ETF/ETN like VXZ or VIXM) Volatility

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