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Ray Dalio Suggests USA Is Entering A Period Of Decline And New World Order

We find it interesting how researchers attempt to compare history, sometimes ancient history, to the applicable functions of today’s world and to attempt to translate the decline of empires in the past to what is happening in today’s world.  Ray Dalio appears to be suggesting the rise of the Chinese economy and economic capabilities is going to threaten to unseat the US as a world super-power.

Within Ray Dalio’s article, he suggests the following which seems to sum up his cycle theory:

“In brief, after the creation of a new set of rules establishes the new world order, there is typically a peaceful and prosperous period. As people get used to this they increasingly bet on the prosperity continuing, and they increasingly borrow money to do that, which eventually leads to a bubble.
As the prosperity increases the wealth gap grows. Eventually the debt bubble bursts, which leads to the printing of money and credit and increased internal conflict, which leads to some sort of wealth redistribution revolution that can be peaceful or violent. Typically at that time late in the cycle the leading empire that won the last economic and geopolitical war is less powerful relative to rival powers that prospered during the prosperous period, and with the bad economic conditions and the disagreements between powers there is typically some kind of war. Out of these debt, economic, domestic, and world-order breakdowns that take the forms of revolutions and wars come new winners and losers. Then the winners get together to create the new domestic and world orders.”

Our own research team has completed quite a bit of research into cycles and super-cycles and, although we agree with Mr. Dalio that past Empires have collapsed and been replaced with more efficient and emerging soon to be a new world leader. Yet, in every instance in the past, the world has been transitioning from a rather disconnected economic structure where ancient empires, or rather the last gasps of ancient empires and wealth, have become threatened, gone to war, and declined.

WWI initiated with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.  Nearly a month later, the great powers of Europe were aligned into two coalitions: the Triple Entente – consisting of France, Russia, and Britain – and the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy.  Thus, the lines were drawn between ancient European empires that led to the beginning of a new structure of world empires.

Throughout history, the biggest world empires are structured, grow into superpowers, and begin to decline.  Most of these last well over 200 to 250+ years.

The Ottoman Empire started in the early 1300s and ended in the early 1600s because of a war with Persia – more than 300 years.

The Arab Empire, Mohammed, started in 632 and ended in 1258 – more than 600 years.

The Roman Empire began in 753 BC and ended in 23BC – over 700 years.

Chinese Qing Dynasty started in 1644 and ended in 1911 – over 250 years.

Chinese Ming Dynasty started in 1368 and ended in 1644 – almost 300 years.

America’s strength as a nation started to build in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Our rise to a world power came at a great expense in the 1930s and 1940s – fighting Hitler and the Japanese while saving most of Europe and SE Asia in the process. Then, we managed to rebuild most of these areas over a very short period of time.

Additionally, the idea that the current world would allow a nation like China to become a world-power – threatening world-order, capitalism, democracy, and current global geopolitical order seem alien to our researchers.  There is one thing Mr. Dalio seems to ignore in his theories – the world has a choice in the matter – just like we did when Adolf Hitler threatened western Europe and with Hideki Tojo threatened the US and most of SE Asia.  We have a choice in how we address the rise of China and how we protect our freedoms, rights, and futures from any threat China may present.

Currently, the world is moving away from a China-friendly relationship after the COVID-19 virus event has wreaked havoc across the globe.  China’s rise over the past 25+ years has mostly been on the success of selling China as a cheap manufacturing center for the US and other stronger economies.  The process of growing China has been to take advantage of the relationships they’ve built with foreign business/banking.  This is all starting to come to a sudden halt which may put extreme pressures on China’s banking and credit systems over the next 20+ years.

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Our research team put together this chart to highlight the past 100+ years of cycle/super-cycle trends.  When you review this chart, pay attention to the deep collapse of the heavy blue line from 1923 through 1939 – the span of the Great Depression.  We’ve highlighted the area of the Great Depression in BLUE.  We’ve also highlighted recessions in RED and MAGENTA.  Red areas being recessions in cycle areas where the cycles are trending lower and Magenta are where recessions happened in upward trending cycles.  Near the end, we’ve highlighted an area in YELLOW where we believe a new recession will emerge.

Now, as we align these cycle trends with price, we start to see a bigger picture emerge.  This SPY Weekly Log chart illustrates how our cycle analysis aligns with price trends quite well over the past 45+ years.  Our cycle research goes forward over 600 years and we can identify where and when price trends will likely set up, breakdown, or breakout as a result of our extensive cycle research.

Mr. Dalio’s comments, while somewhat valid in general scope, don’t necessarily translate into real-world processes.  With the amount of wealth and new global alliances, inter-connected economies and the recent push attempt to right the many wrongs of the past 30+ years, the world appears to be much more aligned towards restoring some proper order and developing a real future where nations are held accountable and central banks may be forced to adopt a more conservative capital process in the near future.

Without giving away too many details, our cycles are point to a very important cycle event that will take place in the near future.  Many people are completely unaware of when and how this event will take place.  In fact, many analysts are simply guessing as to what may happen over the next 20+ years whereas we’ve actually mapped out 500+ years of detailed price cycles for the global markets.

If you want to gain insight into the markets next big move or learn how our researchers attempt to stay ahead of the biggest market trends, then you owe it to yourself to visit www.TheTechnicalTraders.com to learn how we help our members create success and find great opportunities.

We can promise you one thing right now – the global markets are going to continue to be very interesting for technical traders over the next 10 to 20+ years.  You don’t want to miss the opportunities that are setting up in the global markets and we strongly believe everything you are reading about cycles from others is superficial in structure and content.

As a technical analyst and trader since 1997, I have been through a few bull/bear market cycles in stocks and commodities. I believe I have a good pulse on the market and timing key turning points for investing and short-term swing traders. 2020 is going to be an incredible year for skilled traders.  Don’t miss all the incredible moves and trade setups.

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Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategies
Founder of Technical Traders Ltd.

Gold, Silver, Miners Teater On The Brink Of A Breakout

This week has been a wild and emotional one and it’s just started!

With Monday’s big pop in the stock indexes, the big rally was based on vaccine news and bullish comments from the fed, convincing most traders and investors to be overly bullish this week.

My volume flow indicator showed a reading of 10 all day yesterday, which means ten shares were being bought on the NYSE at the ask, to everyone share being sold at the bid. Any reading over 3 is considered bearish short term, so ten was extreme. After the pop on Monday, stocks/indices closed lower by 1-2% on the session respectively the following session.

I have reiterated over and over, big moves (and gaps) in the price in the stock indexes that occur from the news are generally given back within a few days. This is still what I feel is going to happen in the coming days, albeit the last hour on Tuesday may have started that retracement.

The saying in the trader’s world is that novice traders typically trade at the open and experienced players trade at the close. This continues to hold true. The chart below shows you what the BIG money payers are doing, which is selling/distributing shares to the masses, evidenced by the volume in the final hour. It is this theory why we always base our new trades to have their stop loss triggered on the closing price, and not intraday swings. Utilizing this strategy has saved many trades over the years from being stopped out, and subsequently to turn into profitable winners. It is where the price closes that counts.

PRECIOUS METALS & GOLD MINERS

Metals and miners have been coming to life. In February, we sold our GDXJ position at the opening bell on the high of the day to lock in gains. We saw weakness in the market and took action to avoid any temporary selling, which ended up turning into a 57% market collapse. Tuesday for the first time, GDXJ is trading back to where we sold it for a nice profit with our Swing Trading ETF Trading service, and I’m getting excited again for this group of stocks.

JUNIOR GOLD STOCKS (GDXJ) CLOSE TO BREAKOUT

The Junior gold stocks (GDXJ) is showing signs that they are headed to test the major breakout level of this 8-year base. The price still has to run a little higher, and it could be met with some strong selling once touched. Be aware that junior gold miners are not in the clear, just yet. Once they clear resistance they are a long-term investment position.

LARGE-CAP GOLD MINERS (GDX) ALREADY BROKE OUT

If you take a closer look at the large-cap gold miners (GDX), they have already broken out and started to rally. This is a new bull market for this particular group of stocks. We got long this new bull market a few weeks ago in my Technical Investor Portfolio which focused on long term position with a much wider stop loss than swing trading positions.

GOLD BULLION IN FULL BLOWN BULL MARKET

Gold also broke out and started a new bull market mid last year. We are also long gold in our Technical Investor portfolio as well. Gold has completed its initial move but is on the verge of popping to the $2000 market if we get just the right market conditions over the next couple of months.

We are in what many consider unprecedented times for businesses and survival. As a long-time trader, I consider these exciting stages for stocks, and commodities. Lots of things are happening and they will be erratic and volatile I expect. How the world functions are changing more rapidly than many of us realize.

The last ten years of investing in stocks have been incredible. We all experienced a Super Cycle Bull Market, and those invested in stocks and who also bought homes early have made a fortune with very little effort. But I fear this may be coming to an end sooner than most people think and feel.

The fundamentals for stocks no longer make any sense with earnings way down and still falling. The Fed is printing money faster than at any time in history as well as paying everyone and everything to keep the lights on and the music playing. They could certainly keep things going for a while and drive the markets higher with loose money policies and prop everything up (including lower-rated corporate bonds).

Can the Fed and other central banks support the global economy? Remember, it’s not just North America under pressure, but every other country and nearly everyone and their business are enduring financial stress.

The bottom line is that no matter which way the markets go, we will be positioned on the right side with technical analysis and sound advice as to what actions, if any, to take. And both active trading and long-term investment portfolio positions are more critical now than they have been in the last ten years. The days of just buying every dip and holding will be over in a couple of months.

So far it has been a crazy, unprecedented period. Add to that, over 1,000,000 new trading accounts opened this year and many new novice traders who have entered the markets.   These people are frantically buying up stocks thinking they are going to make a lot of money. We believe they are going to have a very rude awakening when/if the bear market takes hold over the next 3-8 months.

Trading this year has been slow for our subscribers but our trading accounts continue to make new high watermark levels every couple weeks, and that is all that matters. The market crash shook things up, and during an unexpected crisis the best play, in our opinion, was to step back and cherry-pick only low-risk trades until price action returns to some normal level, which the market is finally beginning to do.

However slow, I am proud that we did not take any undue risk and that our model account has remained positive throughout 2020 and we are up when most other services, including the best hedge funds in the world, have negative returns thus far this year.

My staff and I are always scouring for new trading opportunities.  Right now, the XLF ETF, which is the financial sector, is breaking down and may present a short opportunity.  As you know, we also like silver, gold, and both the junior and large-cap miners, but we will first wait to see if this wave of buying is met with sellers in the near future.  Until then, we will keep you posted.

The next few years are going to be full of incredible opportunities for skilled traders and investors.  Huge price swings, incredible revaluation events, and, eventually, an incredible upside rally will start again.

I’ve been trading since 1997 and I’ve lived through numerous market events.  The one thing I teach my members is that risk is always a big part of trading and that’s why I structure all of my research and trading signals around “finding profits while reducing overall risks”.  Sure, there are fast profits to be made in these wild market swings, but those types of trades are extremely risky for most people – and I don’t know of anyone that wants to risk 50 or 60% of their assets on a few wild trades.

I’m offering you the chance to learn to profit, as I do with my own money, from market trends that I hand-pick for my own trading.  These are not wild, crazy trades – these are simple, effective, and slower types of trades that consistently build wealth.  I issue about 4 to 8+ trades a month for my members and adjust trade allocation based on my proprietary allocation strategy– the objective is to gain profits while managing overall risks.

You don’t have to spend days or weeks trying to learn my system.  You don’t have to try to learn to make these decisions on your own or follow the markets 24/7 – I do that for you.  All you have to do is follow my research and trading signals and start benefiting from my research and trades.  My new mobile app makes it simple – download the app, sign in and everything is delivered to your phone, tablet, or desktop.

I offer membership services for active traders, long-term investors, and wealth/asset managers.  Each of these services is driven by my own experience and my proprietary trading systems and modeling systems.  I have a small team of dedicated researchers and developers that do nothing but research and find trading signals for my members.  Our objective is to help you protect and grow your wealth.

Please take a moment to visit www.TheTechnicalTraders.com to learn more.  I can’t say it any better than this…  I want to help you create success while helping you protect and preserve your wealth – it’s that simple.

Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com