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Real Estate Crash The Next Shoe To Drop – Part III

Our continued research into the state and status of the Real Estate market continues to point to a process that is starting to unfold in the US which may put price and activity levels at risk.  Within the past two segments of this research article, we’ve highlighted how market cycles and recent market data point to a Real Estate market that may be in the early stages of a downward price cycle.

Additionally, within Part II of this article, we highlighted the human psychological process of dealing with a crisis event which also suggests a deepening price contraction event may take place within the next 12 to 24+ months.

US NEW HOME SALES DATA WAS JUST RELEASED

We believe the psychological process is just starting to become evident in the current data.  For example, the US New Home Sales data was just released and it shows the sharpest decline in activity since June 2010 (nearly 14 months after the actual bottom in the US stock market in March 2009).


Source: https://www.investing.com

Our researcher team believes investors/traders and many consumers have become complacent with the current data and are simply in denial in attempting to relate future economic outcomes to the current set of circumstances.  There has never been anything like this to disrupt global economic activity and consumer engagement over the past 100+ years.  Not even the Great Depression or WWII was on this scale.

When you stop to consider the scale and scope of this COVID-19 virus event and the process of recovery, one should really ask serious questions about how quickly you believe the global economy will be able to recover to 2018/2019 economic activity levels, how quickly the world can create and sustain 25~75 million new jobs, and how quickly global nations can attempt to regain GDP output levels nearly equal to 2018/2019 levels?

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IYR MONTHLY CHART

Take a look at this IYR Monthly chart, below.  The initial collapse in the markets in 2007 was the start of a similar type of economic and psychological crisis event.  Notice how IYR started to move lower in early 2007 – well before the real collapse in the US economy began in December 2008. Another aspect to consider is how long it took for IYR to recover back to near 2007 levels.  From the bottom in early 2009, it took nearly 6 years for IYR to reach levels above $80 again.

CASE-SHILLER US HOME PRICE INDEX CHART

This Case-Shiller US Home Price Index chart shows a similar setup taking place.  The peak in home price values on this chart happened in early 2006 – well before the peak on the IYR chart in early 2007.  The interesting component of this Case-Shiller chart is that real home price values didn’t bottom until early 2012 whereas the speculative traders pushed the bottom in IYR in mid-2009.  We believe the speculative side of investment and asset growth paired up near or after the 2011-12 time-frame where improved levels of economic growth and activity prompted real increased asset valuations in Real Estate.

Currently, using the Realtor.com Hotness Index (https://www.realtor.com/research/reports/hottest-markets/ ), we can see that data reported in December 2019 shows a moderate shift away from certain “hot” areas in larger market areas.  Pay attention to how the RED colors in 2018 have changed (in some areas) compared to Q1 2019 levels on these charts below.  We believe the continued shift towards a Real Estate recession is currently taking place and that these Hotness areas will suddenly cool very quickly as new data is published.

CALIFORNIA HOTNESS MAP

FLORIDA HOTNESS MAP

NEW YORK HOTNESS MAP

FRESH DATA RELEASED TODAY FROM REALTOR.COM

Fresh data released today from Realtor.com data (updated on 4/2/2020: https://www.realtor.com) suggests a peak in the housing market may be setting up.  Total active listings have declined steadily over the past 4+ years while median price levels have continued to climb.  This is a sign that the Real Estate market has been within a moderately tight “seller’s market” where buyers are competing for the best properties.  The Increase (Blue) to Decrease (Orange) data suggests that price levels tend to stabilize in Q4 of each year where sellers are unwilling to move away from their expected listing price.  Q1 through Q2 see dramatic increases in both levels of price alterations as the activity level tends to flatten out in the early portion of each year.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

Our conclusion from this data is that sellers may become increasingly desperate to reprice assets if a shift in the Real Estate market dynamics takes place as a result of the COVID-19 virus event. As of July 2019, price level decreases reached the highest levels over the past 4+ years reaching 30% of all total listings.  Currently, this ratio for March 2020 is at 21.8% and is certain to climb higher.

As the human process of dealing with this virus crisis event continues to take place, we are certain that asset values and expectations will shift as they have in the past.  Jobless numbers hit again today with another massive 4.42 million new jobless claims over the past week.  Take a look at the charts below to see just how dramatic this event is turning out to be for American workers.


Source: https://www.investing.com

Anyone expecting the Real Estate market to survive this massive virus event unscathed is simply not seeing the data as clearly as one should.  We believe once the data starts to breakdown to really show the contraction in activity, price, and expectations, then a new Real Estate recessionary trend will take place where real values will attempt to establish a true bottom.   Our belief is this process may take as long as 18+ months to really bottom out and the true bottom really depends on when consumers transition away from the fear and helplessness phases and start to become optimistic again.

I am hoping people can see what I am trying to warn about, which is the next major market crash, much worse than what we saw in March. See this article and video for a super easy to understand the scenario that is playing out as we speak, and real estate will follow.

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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Welcome To The Zombie-Land Of Investing – Part 2

In Part I of this research post, we highlight how the ES and Gold reacted 24+ months prior to the 2007-08 market peak and subsequent collapse in 2008-09.  The point we were trying to push out to our followers was that the current US stock market indexes are acting in a very similar formation within a very mature uptrend cycle.

We ended Part I with this chart, below, comparing 2006-08 with 2018-19.  Our intent was to highlight the new price high similarities as well as the price rotation similarities between the two critical peaks in market price. We are terming the current market a “Zombie-land” because it appears global investors are somewhat brain-dead as to the total risks that are setting up in the global markets right now. But, wait before you continue reading make sure to opt-in to our free market trend signals newsletter.

Forward guidance is waning. Earning expectations are decreasing.  Debt levels are skyrocketing all over the planet.  Global banks are continuing to move into more Quantitative Easing measures to attempt to spark growth.  The equity markets are 9+ years into a rally while the global central banks are 10+ years into some form of continued QE efforts.  Global economic data suggests a moderate downturn in economic activity and growth for many foreign nations.  We believe the next crisis will not originate in the US, but from outside the US.  We believe the risks associated with the massive debt levels in the foreign markets will be the reason for another price decline.  Quite possibly, a commodity price collapse (think OIL) will become the catalyst for this event.

IF OIL WERE TO FALL BELOW $45…

If Oil were to fall below $45 (eventually possibly flirting with the $30 price level) as our predictive modeling suggests, then we believe many foreign nations will suddenly become serious risk factor related to debt/credit and could potentially create a domino-process where the US/Global markets collapse on this new risk factor. Our last predictive model signal was for natural gas and we just close out the trade locking in 19% profits this week.

IS 2007 SETTING UP ALL OVER AGAIN?

But what if this is 2007 setting up all over again?  Take a look at the ES chart above – where a peak setup in May/June 2007, followed by a deep price correction.  Follow that price move even further to see how price rallied to a new all-time high throughout July, August and most of September before setting up in a deeper price rotation in late September and carrying forward into October.  Now, take a look at this current ES Weekly chart to see if there is any similarity between them.

GOLD UP 50% FROM ITS LOWS ALREADY

Gold has already rallied nearly 49% from the 2015 lows and the recent price rotation is somewhat similar to what happened to Gold in 2006-2007.  The extended base that set up between 2017 and 2018 could be interpreted as a similar type of base that set up in 2006-07.  The current rally is somewhat similar to what happened in late 2007 and early 2008 when the US stock market began to collapse volatility expanded in a strong uptrend which was followed by a moderate price retracement before Gold began a rally totaling more than 250% from the base/bottom.  Is this setup happening again right now?

WEEKLY NQ CHART SHOWS THE EXTENDED MELT-UP

This Weekly NQ chart shows the extended melt-up that is taking place after the October to December deep price rotation that took place in 2018.  We believe this deep price rotation is similar to the deep price rotation that happened between July and September 2007.  The subsequent “melt-up” process is a function of the “zombie-land” function of price and bias.  Investors chase after security and returns by pushing the price higher and higher when fundamentals and expectations don’t align with these expectations.  This same type of “zombie-land melt-up” happened in 2007 as well.

We understand the implications of this research post and want to warn all of our followers they need to be extremely cautious of the current market setup.  Even though the US stock market may continue an upside bias within a melt-up process, we believe there are very strong underlying risks in the markets that could prompt a very deep price correction.

THE US FED IS NOT LOWERING RATES BECAUSE …

The US Fed is not lowering rates because of market strength and super strong forward guidance.  They are lowering rates because they believe risks exist in the debt/credit market and are trying to stay ahead of a big problem – a potentially very big problem.  The overnight REPO market has been a topic for our researchers for the past 45+ days as this temporary institutional debt tool has exploded recently.  Now, the US Fed has actively decreased rates and has begun acquiring more debt on its balance sheet.. hmm.  That seems strangely similar to another credit/debt crisis event.

(source: https://thesoundingline.com/october-saw-the-largest-increase-in-feds-balance-sheet-since-the-financial-crisis/)

We know many of our followers may consider this just another warning from a bunch of doom-sayers again.  We’re not wishing for this outcome – trust us.  We simply look at the technical data, determine a probable outcome and present our findings to our followers to try to keep them informed.

Too many similarities are starting to align to make this just some strange coincidence.  Too many unknowns and uncertainties are aligning just 12 months before a US presidential election cycle.  It seems strangely familiar to us that these same types of price events are unfolding now.  If there is no correlation then we’ll likely be incorrect in our analysis.  But if we are right and there is a major price reversion event setting up, we think it is wise to alert as many of our friends as possible.

Keep reading our research because our proprietary tools have been nailing all of these price targets and move many months in advance.

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Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Welcome To The Zombie-Land Of Investing – Part 1

This current market environment is very reminiscent of the 2006-08 market environment where price rotated into weakness on technicals and continued to establish new all-time price highs in the process – creating what we are calling a “zombie-land melt-up”.  This very dangerous price action is indicative of money chasing a falling trend.  Where technicals and fundamentals are suggesting that price is actually weakening quite substantial, yet the process of price exploration is continually biased towards the upside as investors continue to pile onto the back of the beast expecting a further melt-up.

Let’s take a look at what happened to the ES and Gold in 2006 and 2007. But, wait before you continue reading make sure to opt-in to our free market trend signals newsletter.

SP500 WEEKLY INDEX CHART IN 2006-2007

First, we’ll start with the ES (S&P 500 E-mini futures contract).  Pay attention to the MAGENTA arcs we’ve drawn on this chart that highlight the continued new highs reached throughout 2006 and 2007.  Pay attention to the price rotation and volatility that started to happen near the absolute peak in July and October 2007 – just before the massive price collapse began.  Notice how the technical indicators had been suggesting that price was weakening quite extensively since the beginning of 2007 and more aggressively after July 2007.  Pay very close attention to the last peak on this chart and how a very deep price correction setup a new price high in a very tight FLAG formation just before the breakdown event.

PRICE OF GOLD WEEKLY CHART IN 2006-2007

This Gold chart from the same time period highlights how Gold anticipated the market weakness by rallying up to a level near $750 in May 2016 – then retraced nearly $200 before forming a lengthy price bottom/base.  Gold, acting as a safe-haven for investors, rallied almost 94% in the 24 months prior to this peak in 2006.  It rallied another 256% (at the ultimate peak) from the low point established in June 2006.  The process of this rally was an extended base/bottom in Gold between the base/bottom in 2006 and the renewed uptrend that started just before the end of 2007 (just before the markets started crashing).

COMPARE SP500 INDEX 2006-07 TO 2018-19

We believe the current uptrend in the US stock market is acting in a very similar price formation to what we’ve highlighted in the 2006-07 market “zombie-land melt-up”.  We believe that investors are piling into the US stock market when price weakness is clearly being illustrated by the technical and fundamental data.  We believe a capital shift has continued to pile money into the US stock market as foreign investors pile onto the backs of other investors seeking safety and security within a stronger US economy.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

We believe the current Zombie-land market is anticipating a price roll-over event (reversion) and that technical and fundamental data supports this analysis.  We believe the credit/debt expansion of the past 8+ years has fueled a massive bubble that may result in a deep price correction if given the right circumstances and events.  We believe this upside price move in the US markets, which are setting up near the exact same time-frame as the 2008 price collapse, maybe a very stern warning for traders and investors – BE PREPARED.

In Part II of this research post, we’ll highlight the similarities setting up in the current market “Zombie-land” and what happened in 2006~2008.  The expansion of the credit market over the past 8+ years has been extensive throughout the globe.  The biggest difference this time is that risk may come from foreign markets vs. from within the US.

Keep reading our research because our proprietary tools have been nailing all of these price targets and move many months in advance.

I urge you visit my ETF Wealth Building Newsletter and if you like what I offer, join me with the 1-year subscription to lock in the lowest rate possible and ride my coattails as I navigate these financial market and build wealth while others lose nearly everything they own during the next financial crisis. Join Now and Get a Free 1oz Silver Bar!

As a technical analysis and trader since 1997, I have been through a few bull/bear market cycles. I believe I have a good pulse on the market and timing key turning points for both short-term swing trading and long-term investment capital. The opportunities are massive/life-changing if handled properly.

Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com