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2020 – A Close Look At What To Expect

Quite a bit has changed in the global markets and future expectations over the past 4+ weeks.  Q4 2019 ended with a bang.  US/China Trade Deal, US signing the USMCA Continental Free Trade Agreement, BREXIT and now the Wuhan Virus.  On top of all of that, we’ve learned that Germany and Japan have entered a technical recession.  As Q4-2019 earnings continue to push the US stock market higher – what should traders expect going forward in 2020?

Volatility, Sector Rotation, and Continued US Stock Market Strength.

Our researchers have been pouring over our charts and predictive modeling tools to attempt to identify any signs of weakness or major price rotation.  There are early warning signs that the US Stock Market may be setting up for a moderate downside price rotation within the first 6 months of 2020, but we believe the continued Capital Shift that has been taking place over the past 24+ months will continue to drive foreign investment into the US and North American stock markets for quite a while in 2020 and 2021.

The interesting component to all of this, which should keep investor’s attention and really get them excited, is the chance that some type of foreign market disruption may take place in 2020 and 2021.  There are a number of things that could potentially disrupt foreign market expectations.

First on the list is this virus event in China (that seems to be spreading rapidly).  Second would be the news that Japan and Germany have entered a recession.  Further down the list is the very real possibility that many Asian and foreign nations could see a dramatic decrease in GDP and economic activity throughout much of 2020 and 2021.

It is far too early to make any real predictions, but traders need to be aware of the longer-term consequences of global markets entering a contraction phase related to a confluence of events that prompts central bank intervention while consumers, financial sectors and manufacturing and industrial sectors are pummeled.  Imagine what the global markets would look like if 25% to 55% of Asia, Europe, and Africa see a dramatic decrease in economic output, GDP and financial sector activities (on top of the potential for massive loan defaults).  It may spark another Credit Crisis Event – this time throughout the Emerging and Foreign markets.

A massive surge in US stock market valuation has taken place since the start of 2020.  It is very likely that foreign capital poured into the US stock market expecting continued price advancement and very strong earnings from Q4 2019.  This valuation appreciation really started to take place in early 2019 and continued throughout the past 14+ months.  We believe this valuation appreciation is foreign capital dumping into the US markets to chasing the strong US economic expectations.

We believe this surge into the US stock markets will continue until something changes future expectations.  The US Presidential election cycle would usually be enough to cause some sideways trading in the US stock market – maybe not this time.

The fact that Japan and Germany, as well as China very soon, have entered an economic recession would usually be enough to cause some sideways price rotation in the US stock market – maybe not this time.  The potential wide-spread economic contraction related to the Wuhan virus would normally be enough to cause some contraction or sideways trading in the US stock market – maybe not this time.

There is still a risk that price could revert to middle or lower price channel levels at any time in the future.  We’ve highlighted these levels on the charts below.  Yet, we have to caution traders that the foreign markets may be setting up for one of the largest capital shift events in recent history.  If any of these contagion events roil the foreign markets while the US economic activity and data continue to perform well, then we could be setting up for a massive shift away from risky foreign markets/emerging markets and watch global capital pour into Safe-Havens (metals/miners) and pour into the US stock market (US, Canada, Mexico).

We’ve authored numerous articles about how the foreign markets gorged themselves on debt after 2009 while easy money policies allowed them to borrow US dollars very cheaply.  We’ve highlighted how this debt is now hanging over these corporations, manufacturers and investors heads as a liability.  The recent REPO market activity suggests liquidity risks already exist in the global markets.  If these liquidity issues extend further, we could see a much broader market rotation within the US and foreign markets.

DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE – QUARTERLY CHART

Currently, the US stock market appears to be near the upper range of a defined price channel.  Near these levels, it is not uncommon to see some downside price rotation to set up a new price advance within the price channels.  This INDU chart highlights the extended price channel trend, originating from 2008, and the more recent price channel (yellow) originating from 2015.  Any breakdown of these channels could prompt a much broader downside price move.

S&P 500 – QUARTERLY CHART

This SPY chart highlights the extended upside price trend in the US stock markets.  The SPY has recently breached the upper price channel level.  It may be setting up a new faster price channel, yet we believe this rally in early Q1 2020 is more of a reaction to the very strong 2019 US economic data and the continued capital shift pouring capital into the US markets.  A correction from these levels to near $275 would not be out of the question.

TRANSPORTATION SECTOR – QUARTERLY CHART

This Transportation Index (TRAN) chart presents a very clear price channel and shows a moderate weakness recently in this sector.  The fact that the TRAN has consolidated into a middle range of the price channel while the other US stock market indexes continue to push higher suggests the valuation advance in the US stock market is mostly “capital chasing strength of the US economy” than a true economic expansion event.

2020 will likely continue to see more volatility, more price rotation, more US stock market strength and further risks of a reversion event.  We believe forward guidance for Q1 and Q2 will be revised lower as a result of these new global economic conditions originating from Asia, Europe, and Japan.

If the virus event spreads into Africa and the Middle East (think Belt-Road), then we could see a much broader correction event.  In the meantime, prepare for weaker future earnings related to the shut down of industry and consumer sectors throughout much of Asia.

If this “shut down” type of quarantining process extends throughout other areas of the world, then we need to start to expect a much broader economic contraction event.  Minor events can be absorbed by the broader markets.  Major events where global economies contract for many months or quarters can present a very dangerous event for investors.

Overall, we may see another 20 to 40+ days of “sliding higher” in the US stock market before we see any real risks become present for investors.  This means you should start preparing for any potential unknowns right now.  Plan accordingly as this event will likely result in a sudden and potentially violent change in price trend.

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Surprise decision in the UK to thwart a No-Deal Brexit changed the dynamics of the markets.

Our August 19th prediction of a market breakdown, as well as our continued research suggesting a breakdown in price was the most likely outcome, is a combination of technical analysis, predictive modeling and our understanding of the market dynamics at play throughout the world.  But, when news like this hits (global economic news, surprise news announcements or any type of positive or negative massive news event) the dynamics of the global markets can shift quite suddenly which we want to explain here. Before we get into the details, be sure to opt-in to my Free Market Forecast and Trade Ideas Newsletter so stay on top of these market moves.

Just a few days ago, it appeared that the US/China trade deal was still 30+ days away from any type of continued discussion and the UK Brexit was likely to take place this week and next.  With US earnings season setting up in September, headed into the holiday season throughout the globe, we believed the downside price move probability was far greater than the upside.  Then, out of almost nowhere, the No-Deal Brexit deal is sidetracked and the British Pound rallies dramatically on the news.

This Three-Hour British Pound Chart highlights the dramatic price reversal that took place late yesterday (after markets) and resulted in a news-driven price move that was unexpected.  The way these types of new events can come out of nowhere to dramatically alter price direction and trend is something that all traders have to deal with.  For a technical trader, these events, thankfully, don’t happen all that often.  But when they do happen, we have to readjust our understanding of the markets and dynamics that are taking place throughout the global financial environment and follow the money and potentially new trends against our current analysis.

With the news that the BREXIT is on hold right now and is being blocked by a certain segment in the UK Parliament, how will that result in new dynamics and opportunities for us to take advantage of and profit from? Obviously, currencies will continue to move until price levels settle near proper expectations – same thing with the global stock markets.  It is very likely that the US Indexes (ES, NQ, YM, and others) may attempt to move back towards recent highs if the fear and uncertainty of the BREXIT deal warranted that much pricing pressures in the markets?

Overall, when events like this happen, it is often the best decision not to try to chase them right away.  These are reactionary price moves related to news events – almost like a shock-wave which I explain this breakout on the chart is this video analysis.  They are here now, they move the market and they appear dramatic, but they are typically over as fast as they started.

This US Dollar chart highlights the downward price rotation that was likely prompted by the BREXIT news last night and may continue as the markets revalue “fear and uncertainty” over the next few days.  It is very likely that true price levels will be established over the next 7 to 10 days as the continued repositioning of assets results because of the change in BREXIT expectations from within the UK.

We need to stay dynamic in how we address these types of market moves and the risks that are persistent.  We can’t know what is going to happen in the governments and governing bodies of the world.  As technical traders, our job is to use our tools and resources to find the best opportunities and to take advantage of them when risks are manageable. We flip directions as the markets flip directions.  All we want the markets to move up or down because this provides opportunities for us to profit.

This Dow Jones Industrial Daily Chart highlights just how dramatic the upside move is today and how price is still below the recent highs set near 27,400.  Our August 19th Breakdown prediction is currently invalid based on this upside price move.  We did see a big move lower in early August, but we never saw the continued downside move that we expected.  The cycles were predicting this move would happen, but the global market dynamics (news and other items) have altered the current market perspective.  Must like QE events and other major global events, just because technical analysis or cycles suggest one thing will happen, if there is enough pressure from outside forces to move the markets one direction, then markets will typically relent to that pressure and move into the “path of least resistance”.  Right now, that path is upward.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

We took a series of great profitable trades over the past 4+ weeks while the stock market traded sideways. This week we closed out three winning trades 3%, 6.5%, and 9.88% while most others lost money. As technical traders, our only objective is to protect our assets, find great trades, generate profits and avoid unwanted risks.  We are doing exactly that by managing our position sizes, executing smart trades, creating profits for our members and continuing to seek out the best opportunities in the future.

Let this news event play out over the next few days.  Let the markets figure out where price wants to go after all the dust settles.  There will be lots of opportunities for more great trades in the future.

We believe our super-cycle research and other proprietary modeling systems are suggesting that price weakness will dominate the markets for the next few months. Ride my coattails as I navigate these financial market and build wealth while others lose nearly everything they own during the next financial crisis and recession.

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