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The Trump Rally Is Just Getting Started!

Have you ever been presented with an opportunity and missed out on it?  Well, here is an opportunity you Do NOT want to miss out on.

Based upon my unique “Cycle Analytical” work combined with my “Proprietary Predictive Analytics Model, I can assure you that there are new highs to be made in the U.S. stock. Appling my unique metric, which are not available to the public, I can inform you that the stock markets are not overbought or overextended, at present. The market remains in a clear bullish trend!  This next new leg is very sustainable!

 

Technically Speaking, It Is Now Back To “Buy The Dip”:

The SPX, Dow Jones and the Nasdaq Composite all closed at new all-time highs last Friday, February 10th,2017.  The Trump Rally is just getting started according to Bloomberg.

Investors should expect that the global markets will continue their bull market run throughout the first half of 2017 rather than forming a top which leads to a bear market. “Extremes” have lost their’ meanings, at this point. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to major banks in the U.S. to raise dividends and buy back shares of their companies. The huge thrust in momentum has now returned to the four U.S. stock indexes.

Nicholas Teo of KGI Securities said that: “Ever since his victory in November, global stock markets have been steered by actions events rhetoric emanating from the new commander-in-chief”.

The trigger events show the willingness of the markets to give the Trump Administration a lot more ‘slack’ as we engage into 2017.  Billions of dollars are continuing to flow into the U.S. real estate market from Chinese nationals. They are using their offshore cash reserves to make payments on the properties they have speculated on in the U.S. There are also big-money speculators who have the sophistication needed to circumvent China’s Capital Controls.

Blackrock estimates that there is a whopping $50 trillion in cash “sitting on the sidelines”. This money has come from global central-banks, financial-firm reserves and consumer savings accounts.  Blackstone is keeping nearly one-third of its’ assets in cash. Fund managers have increased their reserves to levels that equal the highest since 2001. This means that there is a lot of liquidity with nowhere to go, but UP.

We are still in the early days of the new Trump Administration and everything seems to be going his way. President Trump’s proposed economic policies are being well received by U.S. businesses, especially Wall Street big banks. His plans are certainly positive – such as deregulation, defunding of various useless federal agencies, simplification of the tax code and lowering taxes. Many people, including some of the best money managers, in the world, are at a loss trying to figure out where to put their money, right now.  However, all that you need to do this year is to follow my lead as I strive to make profitable returns and be on the right side of all markets, and you cannot afford to miss any hugely profitable setup this year!

 

All of the indicators continue to suggest higher prices ahead! 

The Elliott Wave Principle is a description of how groups of people behave. It reveals that mass psychology swings from pessimism to optimism thereby creating specific and measurable patterns. In the chart below, repeating patterns in prices are displayed showing where we are located at any given time. In those repeating patterns, I can predict where we are going next.

 

Wave 5:

Wave 5: Wave five is the last leg in the primary direction of the dominant trend.  Wave 5 advance is caused by a small group of traders. Prices will make a new high above the top of wave 3.

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How To Make Money In 2017!

Do you trade like the professionals do? Most traders make the same mistakes – which is why they consistently lose money!  Implementing my winning strategy by receiving SMS text alerts every time we enter or close a trade is the best way to get you setup and be profitable on the same day!  Trading and focusing on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) and trading just the hot stocks and sectors for quick oversized gains is my expertise. Therefore, these momentum trades are moving significantly in one direction on heavy volume. The length of time for which I may hold a momentum trade depends on how quickly the trade is moving with trades lasting 3-25 days in length and we look for a7%- 35% potential gain.

Momentum traders are truly a unique group of individuals. Unlike other traders or analysts who dissect a company’s financial statements or chart patterns, a momentum trader is only concerned with stocks in the news. These stocks will be the high percentage and volume movers of the day/week.

Read more: Momentum Traders | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/university/introduction-stock-trader-types/momentum-traders.asp#ixzz4YY8FK9VY
On February 8th, 2017, myself and subscribers closed out our NUGT trade for a 112% profit that we entered into on December 16th.2016,

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Sometimes stocks move very fast.  As I enter any new swing trades, I will immediately send out these alerts to you on your mobile device.

On February 8th, 2017, we entered the ERX at $33.00.  Right after we got into this trade, ERX, (http://etfdb.com/etf/ERX/), we were up 6% to 8% and we closed half our position.  Instantly receiving these alerts on your mobile device can make a huge difference in both time and profits as you saw in the ERX setup!  I always send out my swing trades to my members by SMS, but keep in mind most trades can be entered within a 1-3 day period as I don’t catch exact market bottoms or tops.

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America Is Happy, Again!

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A recent Gallup Poll reported that American’s confidence in the U.S. economy remained strong in January of 2017. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged +11, which is the highest monthly average reached in Gallup’s nine-year trend. I just came across this video that is enough to make you start thinking about changing your long term portfolio asset allocation – Watch Video Here

 

So, if you are looking for a simplified and highly accurate pulse on the markets, along with timely swing trades, I urge you to join my newsletter at www.ActiveTradingPartners.com.

 

Chris Vermeulen

VIX Cycles set to explode in March/April 2017 – Part 2

Previously, I authored a “Part 1” of this article regarding my analysis of the VIX cycles.  I sincerely hope my readers enjoyed the analysis and I hope it opened up a few questions regarding the potential moves in the US and global markets.  Today, we will delve deeper into the concept of the VIX cycle patterns that I’ve identified and use common technical analysis concepts to attempt to identify price target levels as well as support and resistance that may become important in the immediate future.

 

For those of you that missed “VIX Cycles set to explode in March/April 2017 – Part 1”, please click on this link to review my earlier analysis.  When you are ready, the rest of this article continues my analysis.

 

As we had been discussing in “Part 1”, my hypothesis that a 5 month VIX cycle pattern exists and has been driving market volatility since 2015 appears to be substantiated by historical chart evidence.  The other interesting facet of this 5 month pattern is that it appears to be quickening in relation to recent activity.  I stated earlier that I believe this pattern to be a 18~22 week cycle event, but more recent VIX chart activity shows the current range may be more like 16~20 weeks.  My understanding of cycles and patterns is that within extreme, potentially violently, volatile periods, price cycles may become more frequent and velocity may become more volatile.  An example of this can be found in my long-term US major market cycle analysis below.

 

This image maps a major market cycle rotation process that has been in place for over 60 years.  This image starts in the late 1970s and maps TOP and BOTTOM cycling events and well as potential early and late stage cycle ranges.  When the GREEN and YELLOW levels, near the top, move above the 80% range, this starts the “Topping cycle event”.  When both of these levels fall below the 80% range, this ends the “Topping cycle event”.  The opposite is true for the BLUE and RED levels.  When both of them fall below the 20% level, this starts a “Bottoming cycle event”.  When they both leave the 20% level, this ends the “Bottoming cycle event”.  Actual price tops and bottoms can, and often do, occur within these event ranges.

 

US Cycle Chart

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Price and event cycles have been in place for centuries and correlate with other traditional forms of technical analysis easily.  For example, Elliot Wave, Fibonacci, Price Channeling and Price Patterns all relate to cycles very well.  Within this article, I’m using Price Patterns as well as Fibonacci to attempt to project and identify key target, support and resistance levels based on my understanding of the proposed VIX cycles.

 

Recent price expansion from the lows at $868.47, January 2016, prompted a rally to $1194.60, on April 25, 2016.  This range, $326.13, represents an expansion cycle and a Fibonacci range that we can use to determine Fibonacci cycle frequency – which may help us determine future price objectives.  After this peak, price dropped 25% of this range (a common Fibonacci level that is correlated to a real Fib value of 0.272) equaling $81.53.  Because of this narrow retracement, we should expect a potential future price move equaling 1.272%, 1.618% or 1.768% of the existing range.  XOI rallied to $1259.56 on December 12, 2016 – equating the expected 1.272% price expansion we projected and setting up for a 0.768% total range retracement.

 

Let’s take a look at one example – OIL (XOI)

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Last week followers, subscribers and I got long 3x long energy fund – ERX.

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In 24 hours we locked in a 7.7% partial profit, and are now sitting with 10+% gain on the balance. This special setup I call the Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) continues to be in play and we could experience another 20-35% gain from here.

 

What does all this technical stuff mean? After this bounce we should expect XOI to fall back to near $976.00 before attempting any further price moves.  All of this type of Fibonacci work is conducted by understanding how Fibonacci price relationships correlate to time/price/cycle frequency functions.  Many of the best analysts of the past had detailed understandings of how these correlations work and how price would react based on larger and longer term time/price/cycle events.

 

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The New Retirement – Big Pill To Swallow!

President Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States to preside over the largest debt collapse ever in U.S. history.  During this four-year term, he and his administration will be most feared and hated president there ever was. The odds are stacked high against his ideology of “Making America Great Again” during his term in office.

 

Debt deflation is a concept that was first introduced in 1933 by the economist Irving Fisher.  Debt deflation is a concept whereby the combination of high levels of debt and falling prices cause a downward spiral in the economy.  When there is deflation in an economy, those who are in debt become significantly worse off financially. Deflation causes prices and wages to fall and the value of money to rise which increases the real value of debts thereby causing it to become more difficult for people to pay off their debts, i.e.: people holding mortgages would be forced into selling their homes. However, the selling of assets only served to worsen the situation by causing prices to fall even further – creating more deflation. This affects all those people who are in debt and the cycle repeats itself exponentially. Hence, the beginning of the “Next Great Reset of 2017-2020” which should start June/July of this year.

As many Americans enter retirement, they are realizing one unfortunate fact.  The fact is that the new retirement plan means no retirement, at all, and is called the Retirement Myth.

One of the promises of the American Dream was the idea of a comfortable retirement, however, this will NOT materialize due to financial swindling and a real estate bubble. Most Americans have incurred massive debt and have consumed their future nest egg by making purchases beyond their budgets and are living beyond their means.  We are now left with over 75,000,000 ‘baby boomers’ which a large portion of them are entering retirement with very little and/or no savings. DEBT has enslaved them!

The stock market collapse of 2008 resulted from a class of “subprime mortgage bonds” going into default. Today, the triggers for our financial crisis in the U.S. are still there to cause a hiccup in a Treasury bond auction, trouble in the settlements of derivatives contracts held by major banks or default on leveraged finance loans or high-yield junk bonds. Apparently, we cannot live without debt as it has become the American Way! Your next pension check or social security check could soon be cut back or eliminated altogether, regardless of legal government guarantees. A loss such as this could be both debilitating and devastating for retirees. Global Central Banks have destroyed the financial markets.

Timing Is Everything!

The next BIG TRADE is here. You should take advantage of my hard work and expertise to help make you wealthy. Protect your financial future by tuning in every morning for my current video update on all asset classes and new trade set ups. Your future should involve a proven strategy. We have just entered a new TGAOG commodity trade which looks to be nearing its’ multi-year lows and is forming a bottoming pattern. You want to be in the next trade of the Next Hot Sector setup!

Followers of my work locked in 112% profit this week in a swing trade with NUGT, and another 7.7% in 24 hours with ERX, which we are still long a portion and expecting further gains. All the trades are based on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system.  There are two key components of this trading strategy.
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VIX Cycles Set to Explode in March/April 2017 – Part 1

My recent analysis of the markets has shown what I believe to be an explosion in market volatility set to starting happening between February 21, 2017 and March 30, 2017.  The historical VIX cycles have been running about 18~22 week intervals for expansion and extreme volatility levels.  The period August 2015 to January 2016 represented roughly 5 months.  The period between January 2016 to June 2016 represented roughly 5 months.  The period between June 2016 to Early November 2016 represented roughly 5 months (just a little short of 5 months in reality).

 

The period between November 2016 to the next volatility expansion phase, if this cycle continues, should be March/April 2107 at a target date range.

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How will this relate to the US major markets?  I currently believe the recent “melt-up” will stay in place until we have some catalyst that will change the direction of the markets.  In other words, the path of least resistance in the US major markets is upward right now – at least till something changes that direction/sentiment. The VIX cycles may be related to some catalyst event or external foreign market event that could change the major market directions – nut only time will tell.

 

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Currently, on the below DIA chart, I can state that my estimates for upside resistance is 210~212 based on historical price action.  The reason I believe these levels will become upside target objectives is based on my understanding of price rotation, expansion and contraction as well as Fibonacci ratios.  The actual number that I believe will be resistance is 211.63 and I believe this level will be reached in March 2017 or early April 2017.

 

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Once this critical resistance level is reached in the DIA, then all bets are off in terms of the price retracement/rotation that may occur.  Given historical price rotation as examples, I would estimate that the DIA could retrace a minimum of 6~8% ($13 to $17).  A moderate price rotation would equate to a move of 10%~13.5% ($21 to $28).  Beyond these expected levels of support, all bets are off in terms of downside potential.  The closest major downside support levels are $178.25, $170.30 and $154.35 – these levels represent a greater than 15% total price retracement and would put us dangerously close to “Bear Market Territory”.

 

Of course, if the VIX cycles persist as I suspect, a massive increase in volatility will drive other markets into further trending or price rotation as well.  The tech heavy NASDAQ (QQQ) has been mirroring the DIA and my projected top level is 128.15.  Currently, the QQQ is at $126.54 – only $1.65 (or 1.33%) away from my expected peak level.  After these peaks have been reached, I expect the major market to take pause and attempt to resume trending as we move closer to the volatility cycle period I suspect is driving the VIX (March/April 2017).  It is because of this that I’m issuing this warning to my members to be cautious of extended risk or exposed positions as we near the end of February 2017.  I believe the old term, “Beware the ides of March”, may be a harsh reality this year.

 

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As I continue my extended analysis of the US major markets and commodity markets in relation to these VIX cycles, I will post “Part 2” of this article within a day or so.  I wanted to get this out to all my members and associates so they were brought aware of the fact that the markets are beginning a phase of volatility expansion that should not end till near April 1st, 2017.

 

In short, what does all this mean? Well, it means now is not the time to be adding new long equity position for long-term growth. Going forward, its going to be all about active trading and focusing on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) and trading just the hot stocks and sectors for quick oversized gains.

 

On Feb 8th, myself and subscribers closed out our NUGT trade for a 112% profit that we entered December 16th.

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This week we got long ERX at $33, and sold half the position 24 hours later for another quick 7.7% profit and there is still a lot of room for bigger gains there.

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So, if you are looking for a simple and highly accurate pulse on the market along with timely swing trades I urge you to join my newsletter at www.ActiveTradingPartners.com – STAY TUNED FOR PART II…

 

Chris Vermeulen

Can New President Make Things Better for the People?

Where is this economic boom that Former President Obama and his administration had taken so much credit for?

 

The Obama Administration, with the assistance of the Federal Reserve and Company, deliberately kept the U.S. economy from creating any growth at all.  The money that flowed from the Federal Reserve, over the last 8 years, had a direct pipeline that flowed only into Wall Street Investment Banks. The American people were sold this false bill of sale that “Quantitative Easing” was going to make lending money to “Main Street America” easier to access. They promised that there would be a boost in hiring which would, in turn, increase aggregate demand and thereby reflect a newly stimulated economic growth!

 

This QE effectively down-sized the middle class into minority status.  The largest growth has occurred within the low-income category.  Despite the stock market reaching near all-time highs and real estate bubbling over once again, there are now 45 million Americans on food stamps.  This number is at an all-time high.  People are feeling poorer today than ever, and with sky rocketing real-estate prices those who do not own a home cannot afford to buy anymore!

 

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This massive disconnect is expanding exponentially. The velocity of money is the number of times that currency is turned over to purchase domestically- produced goods and services.  One can see, as in the chart below, that the velocity of money has been steadily decreasing.  There are less transactions occurring by individuals in our economy.  One can see that the money never reached “Main Street America” which is why there has not been any demand for goods and services.

 

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The average American is now barley scraping by and many do a lot of their shopping at dollar stores. Most the growth in the job market is in low wage jobs which have zero benefits! The clear majority of Americans have bought into the propaganda promoted by the controlled media outlets.

 

The masses bought into this propaganda as Wall Streets’ big banks kept artificially inflating the equity markets with free and cheap money, which was at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.

 

The Obama Machinery put on a stellar performance for the American people, however, this was a fictitious story. In fact, the real number, as of January 2017, of unemployed Americans currently stands at 22.9%: (http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts). The big gains have been largely allocated to the well-connected financial sector.

 

Corporations took advantage of low interest rates to buy back stock in their own companies. Since 2008, corporate stock buybacks have surpassed $2.2 trillion. These buy backs have only increased the price of corporate stocks and made their companies appear more valuable than they are. This means that stock prices are far above what they would be if it were not for extremely low interest rates.  The politicians believed that it was more important to create a false front and to continue the illusion so that they would remain in power.

 

The Tax Foundation reports that 60% of the population now receives more in government benefits than what they pay in taxes. What does this say about a society in which more than half of the population are living at the expense of the other half?  Currently, what is even worse is that the dependent class is steadily growing. The 60% will soon become 70%.

 

Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, recently stated that “more people have a stake in the welfare state than in free enterprise. This is a road that Hayek perfectly described as the road to serfdom”: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_Serfdom). (http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2014/03/keynes-and-hayek). (https://mises.org/library/road-serfdom-0).

 

Mr. Hayek stated that “Capitalism is the only system of economics compatible with human dignity, prosperity, and liberty. To the extent, we move away from that system, we empower the worst people in society to manage what they do not understand”.

 

On March 23rd, 2009, the then Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner sent the stock markets soaring. He announced a plan to help banks unload illiquid securities of uncertain worth from its’ balance sheets. The Wall Street headlines read “Toxic-Asset Plan Sends Stocks Soaring”. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke implemented “financial engineering” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_engineering)  as the sole solution to all our financial problems.

 

He was publicly opposed to the nationalization (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationalization) of banks and said “the bookkeeping problems of many banks are largely an artifact of foolish federal regulations. Capital standards, accounting rules and other regulations have made the financial sector excessively procyclical.”  As we are presently realizing, government control over the financial markets and the economy have failed us.  What we needed was the Federal Government to focus on job creation and to restructure our economy for new and future growth.

 

They were laser focused on merely bailing out Wall Streets’ big banks.  In my view, the Federal Government should only be focused on its’ constitutional responsibilities. Keeping the free markets out of their control and protection and serving the American people should be their primary goal.

 

They needed to allow deflation to play out its’ cyclical role. However, it turned out worse as they attempted to control it. Federal Government bailouts resulted in financial enslavement.  There was further unequal distribution of wealth in our society. Today, in 2017, I clearly see the implosion of America, as we once lived and knew it to be.

 

The economy was being run on non-to low growth policies intentionally.  President Obama deliberately took the path of doing absolutely nothing.  He did not want to be accountable for any economic growth most likely because a stock market crash would ensue. That would have placed pressure on wages that would cause inflation at which time the Federal Reserve would be forced to raise interest rates.  If this had occurred, all the free money which Wall Street investment banks received would not have been invested in the equity markets.

 

The GDP Annual Growth Rate in the United States merely expanded by 1.90% in the fourth quarter of 2016, over the same quarter of the previous year. A record low of -4.10% was reported in the second quarter of 2009.

 

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They purchased their own shares back which sent stocks higher into unchartered territory. The way that they played the game was to keep inflation at bay and allow us to wallow in a deflationary contracting economy.  As stock prices rallied upwards, the corporate executives continued to receive heavy compensation on cheap cash being provided to them.  In the term that Chairwoman Yellen resides over, she has only increased interest rates twice by a mere marginal 25 basis points.  This was an immaterial rate hike so as the Federal Reserve could maintain their credibility. Increasing interest rates would have killed this game of “cheap money” which kept the wealth flowing into the top 1 percent.  The Federal Reserves’ decision to not raise interest rates during their last meeting (http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/01/news/economy/federal-reserve-january-meeting/index.html)  sends a clear and powerful message that they do not want to go down the path of normalization (http://www.discovery.org/a/23721) . They want to continue to artificially suppress interest rates. If they had attempted to “normalize”, it would create massive assets and derivative bubbles bursting domestically and globally. Either the bubble will burst or we will return to inflation.

 

President Trump wants to create the growth which former President Obama never accomplished. He is proposing tax cuts, introducing fiscal stimulus and removing all the red tape that has been so costly for small businesses to implement.  He has also promised to lift GDP to 4% by spending $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  This will overheat the economy!  Trying to implement his plans will call for deep cutbacks in Medicare and Social Security.  It will take years to forge ahead with legislative approval.

 

Conclusion:

Where is this economic recovery that supposedly happened?   It exists in the stock market at present as the masses are enduring a poorer quality of life!

 

Our subscribers are currently in a swing trade with NUGT (http://www.etf.com/NUGT)  which is up 95.8% currently and we are expecting further gains going into this week. All the trades are based on our Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) trading system. The strength of the precious metals will continue to drive gains for our NUGT position.  Expect some very interesting and exciting new trades this week.  We are getting ready for some very explosive moves.

 

Chris Vermeulen
Co-Author: John Winston
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Market Melt-up Brings Volatility to Metals

Our recent analysis bases on a previous report of the potential for a further run in the US markets based on a number of technical and fundamental factors leads to the question of “what could happen with Gold and Silver”.  A broad US market rally may put some pressure on the metals markets initially, but, in our opinion, the increase in volatility and uncertainty will likely prompt more potential for upward price action in precious metals.

 

As with most things in the midst of uncertainty and transition, the US Presidential election has caused many traders to rethink positions and potential.  As foreign elections continue to play out, wild currency moves are starting to become more of a standard for volatility.  Combine this with a new US President and a repositioning of US global and local objectives and we believe we are setting up for one of the most expansive moves in recent years for the US general markets and the metals markets.  This week, alone, we have seen a flurry of action in DC and the US markets broke upward on news of the Dakota Pipeline and other Executive actions.

 

As we wrote week or so ago, we believe the US markets will push higher in 2017 a business investment, US strategy and foreign capital runs back into the US equity market chasing opportunity and gains.  Additionally, we believe the strength of the US market, paired with continued strength of the US Dollar, will drive a further increase in global volatility and wild swings in foreign markets.  This volatility, uncertainty and equity repositioning will likely drive Gold and Silver to continued highs throughout 2017 – possibly much longer if the new trend generates renewed follow-through.

 

Our belief that the US markets will continue to melt-up while certain foreign markets deteriorate relates to our belief that currency variances will become more volatile and excessive over the next few months.  This, in combination with a renewed interest in developing US economic solutions, will likely drive the US markets higher while the metals markets will continue to become a safe-haven for US and foreign investors to protect against deflation and foreign market corrections.

 

S&P Futures are setting up a clear bullish pennant/flag formation that will likely prompt an explosive price move within 2~3 weeks.  This bullish flag formation is likely to drive the ES price higher by roughly 100+ pts.  Currently, strong resistance is just above 2275, so we’ll have to wait for this level to be breached before we see any potential for a bigger price move.

 

SP500 Weekly Chart
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SP500 Daily Chart

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GOLD is channeling in a very clear and narrow upward price channel and trading in the middle of a support zone.  The recent reversal, near the end of 2016, was interesting because GOLD trailed lower after the US election, but then reversed course just before the new year.  The interesting fact about this move is that this new upward swing in GOLD correlates with the beginning of the Bullish Flag in the S&P Futures as well as a decrease in volatility.  We believe as this Bullish Flag will prompt a jump in volatility and price action that will result in is a strong push higher in GOLD.

 

GOLD Weekly Chart
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Gold Daily Chart

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SILVER is setting up in a similar manner as GOLD.  Although the SILVER chart provides a clearer picture of the downward price channel that is about to be breached – and likely drive both SILVER and GOLD into a new bullish rally.  The support Zone in SILVER, between $16.60 ~ $17.40 is still very much in play.  SILVER will likely stay within this zone while the Bullish Flag plays out.  Yet, when the breakout begins, a move above $18.00 will be very quick and upside targets are $18.50~18.75 and $19.50~$20.00 (possibly much higher in the long run).

 

SILVER Weekly Chart
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Silver Daily Chart
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EUR/USD correlation to the US moves should be viewed as measure of strengthening US economy/USD as related to foreign market volatility and potential.  As the USD strengthens, this puts pressure on foreign governments and global transactions based in USD.  This also puts pressure on the METALS markets because billions of people around the globe consume precious metals as a “safe-haven” related to currency volatility.  We expect the EUR/USD levels to fall near “parity” (1.00) again and possibly dip below parity based on future foreign election results.  This volatility and uncertainty will translate to increased opportunity for GOLD and SILVER to run much higher over the next few months.

 

EURUSD Daily Chart

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Right now is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of these lower prices.  We may see rotation near to the lower support zone levels as price rotates over the next few weeks.  The key to any trade in the metals market is to understand the potential moves and watch for confluence and volatility in other markets.  We believe the next few weeks/months will be very telling.  If we are correct, we’ll see new highs in the US markets fairly quickly and we’ll see a new potential bullish breakout in GOLD and SILVER.

You can follow our weekly analysis and trade ideas at www.TheMarketTrendForecast.com

Chris Vermeulen & John Winston

New Highs For 2017? Yes, But When Do I Enter?

When the SPX breaks out above its’ current resistance level, it will be the next leg up in this bull market. We are currently in a consolidation period. The SPX seems to be resting for now!  The “Bollinger Bands Squeeze” is now taking hold and will result in a powerful move in either direction once broken.  I do have a new BULLISH trigger for members to enter into during this amazing “melt up” that will only be shared with my ‘elite members’.   I can assure you that you will want to be invested in this next BULLISH leg of the SPX!

 

The Next Move UP!

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‘Bollinger Bands’ are one of my most preferred tools of technical indicators:

The “Squeeze”,(http://www.investopedia.com/articles/technical/04/030304.asp?lgl=bt1tn-baseline-below-textnote)  occurs during low levels of volatility as the ‘Bollinger Bands’ narrow. These periods of low volatility are followed by periods of high volatility. Therefore, a volatility contraction of the bands can foreshadow a significant advance or decline.  This is one of my best kept secrets of technical analysis, until now!

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Financial markets are now awaiting what the new Trump Administration has in store. These markets do not like “uncertainty”. So far, President-elect Trump has announced a direction of deregulation and lowering the tax bracket for corporations and repatriation of all corporate money (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/repatriation.asp) that is held overseas in foreign bank accounts.

The ‘ISI Research Study’ revealed that the “U.S. S&P 500 companies now have $1.9 trillion parked outside the country”.  Most likely, said funds will be applied so as to continue the stock buyback program thereby pushing the SPX to new levels that are ridiculously overpriced. Hot money ‘continues to be supporting the rise in equity markets. I share some of these hot money sectors and stock on my StockCharts.com public list!

 

Trump’s Victory Speech on November 9th, 2016:

“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We will also finally take care of our great veterans”.

 

Chart of the SPX “melt-up’:

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Are there too many happy investors?

The U.S. stock markets have been on a run since the U.S. Presidential election last November 9th, 2016.

U.S. stocks continue to see signs of “optimistic extremes”. The risk of buying on emotional decisions is still currently high.

There is no interest in shorting. The number of shares sold short, in hopes of buying them back at a lower price, has collapsed. The SPY fund (https://us.spdrs.com/en/product/fund.seam?ticker=SPY), short interest is the lowest since the summer of 2007.  Individual stocks are also showing a lack of short sales which, in turn, removes a pool of potential buying interest. A “de-trended” version of the short interest ratio has dropped to a level that has led to negative returns for stocks which will happen, but likely not for many month yet. The market is likely to grinding higher before a big correction takes place.

A new high presented itself on a day that the jobs report missed expectations. On January 6th, 2017, the jobs report came in less than what economists’ expectations were.  However, the SPX powered to a new high of 2276.06.  This may seem like good news, but during prior times that this occurred, stocks usually pulled back over the following weeks.

Stocks have drifted higher even after optimism reached an extreme. ‘Dumb Money Confidence’ exceeded 80% but the SPX has added on more gains without any kind of pullback. This type of buying pressure, after an extreme optimism sentiment, has previously occurred only a handful of times. It has usually led to losses as the late buyers became “exhausted”.

 

Investor confidence is so High they see no need to hedge their positions:

The Equity Hedging Index has declined to its’ lowest level in nearly two years, showing a lack of interest in the various ways that investors use to protect themselves from possible market declines.

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This chart is a contrary indicator. The higher the Equity Hedging Index, the more likely it is that stocks will rally going forward.  The lower the Equity Hedging Index, the less likely that stocks will rally.

 

 

                                                                                                              Conclusion:

Hopefully, Trump’s business experience will translate well into his new position. It is certainly my hope that he is as successful as possible. Even during the campaign Trump spoke about how stocks were in a giant ‘bubble’.  This euphoria that we have felt, since his election victory, has made that ‘bubble’ even larger. Throughout U.S. history, every ‘giant financial bubble’ has always ended very badly, and this time around will not be an exception. Trump may get the blame for it when it bursts, but the truth is that the conditions for the coming crisis have been building for a very, very long time.

I expect the stock market to stall out mid way this year in June/July at which point things could turn south. If you want to follow me live at StockTwits.com

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Chris Vermeulen

Stocks and Commodities Going Up & Up

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U.S. Bonds Bounce?

The Commercial Hedgers are considered the smart money. The Speculators are considered the dumb money.

The rise in yields corresponds with the decline in Treasury prices.  A bounce is ahead of us in 2017.

Commercial traders have built up their most bullish position since February of 2013.

Commercial traders are now long 50% more long than they are short. This is the most bullish COT Ratio reading since July of 2011.

The speculative side of this trade have built up their most concentrated short position since February of 2013 and their largest net short position since March of 2012. The speculators are usually wrong. They set their recent COT Ratio high two weeks before the market topped out. The concentration of their short position should give pause to new short sellers.

The technical picture suggests a bounce is due.

 

BOND RISK LEVELS

Latest Value(s):

  • Last Reading: 2.0 December 27th, 2016

Extreme Values:

  • Excessive Optimism: 8.0
  • Excessive Pessimism: 2.0

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BOND OPTIX WEEKLY

Latest Value(s):

  • Last Reading: 33.0 December 23rd,, 2016

Extreme Values:

  • Excessive Optimism: 70.0
  • Excessive Pessimism: 40.0

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The Treasury prices are oversold on the March 30-year Treasury Bond futures.

The evidence is displayed with the buyers of US Treasury Bonds. I side with the commercial traders. The dramatic imbalance in positions between the commercial and speculative traders suggests a bounce higher is imminent.

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My Elliot Wave Of Bonds – TLT:

Elliott Wave 2 Theory

Elliott Wave (2) is the first correction against the new trend

Elliott Wave (2) corrects wave (1), but can never extend beyond the starting point of wave one. Typically, the news is still bad. As prices retest the prior low, bearish sentiment quickly builds, and “the crowd” haughtily reminds all that the bear market is still deeply ensconced. Still, some positive signs appear for those who are looking: volume should be lower during wave two

Elliott Wave 3 Theory

Elliott Wave (3) is usually the strongest and longest wave

Elliott Wave (3) is usually the largest and most powerful wave in a trend. The news is now positive and fundamental analysts start to raise earnings estimates. Prices rise quickly, corrections are short-lived and shallow. Anyone looking to “get in on a pullback” will likely miss the boat. Trading the Wave (3) is usually the most profitable.  This will be a muti-year rally!

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In Conclusion:

The new year of 2017 will not be a good one for global economies.  There will be a big slowdown throughout the global economies. The equity markets, as well, will be extremely negative in 2017.  The next yearly closing should be at a low level. The low of 2016,1800 in SPX, may be breached. The analysis is trying to say yes!  Be prepared to exit your long stock positions at the midpoint of 2017 and enter “safe havens”. See my gold forecast – Click Here

Bonds should start to rise and hold up through 2017. But will only rally in a big way once there is a major global event/crisis or the later stages of a bear market in US equities. Either way, likely not going to happen till late 2017 or beyond.

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Chris Vermeulen