iM Update 10-25-13

Market Signals Summary:

The IBH stock market model is out of the market. The MAC stock market model is invested, the bond market model avoids high beta (long) bonds, the yield curve is steepening, the gold model is not invested, but the silver model is invested.  The recession indicator COMP is lower from last week’s level and iM-BCIg is unchanged.  MAC-AU is also invested.  The modified Coppock indicator for the S&P500 generated a buy signal



Fig 1 IBH 10-25-13The IBH-model is out of the market as shown in Fig. 1.  A sell signal was generated 32 weeks ago when the WLIg_shortEMA moved below the WLIg_longEMA.  Currently the WLIg_shortEMA indicator is just below WLIg_longEMA.  If the sell signal was correct then WLIg_shortEMA should move decisively below WLIg_longEMA, which is currently not the case.


Fig 2 MAC 10-25-13The MAC-US model stays invested.  MAC-US Fig 2 shows the spreads of the moving averages.  The sell-spread is higher from last week’s level, the buy-spread is also higher.  A sell signals is not imminent.  The sell spread (red graph) has to move below the zero line for a sell signal.



Fig 2.1 MAC Australia 10-25-13The MAC-AU model stays invested.  MAC-AU Fig 2.1 shows the spreads of the moving averages of the Australia All Ordinaries Index.  The sell-spread and the buy-spread are higher from last week’s levels.  The sell spread (red graph) has to move below the zero line for a sell signal.

This model and its application is described in MAC-Australia: A Moving Average Crossover System for Superannuation Asset Allocations



Fig 3 BVR 10-25-13The BVR-model avoids high beta bonds (long-bonds) and also intermediate duration bonds.

The Bond Value Ratio is shown in Fig 3.  The BVR is higher from last week’s level.  It is possible that bond yields may go lower for a while, reflected by BVR moving higher, but the trend of BVR is lower. Only when BVR turns upward after having been lower than the lower offset-line should one consider long bonds again. In the meantime one can expect long bonds to lose more value for some time.

The Yield Curve:

Fig 4 Yield Curve 10-25-13The yield curve model shows the steepening trend of the 10-year and 2-year Treasuries yield spread.    Figure 4 charts (i10 – i2).  The trend is up, as one can see, but it may go flatter for a while.  FLAT and STPP are ETNs.  STPP profits from a steepening yield curve and FLAT increases in value when the yield curve flattens.  This model confirms the direction of the BVR.



Fig 5 COMP 10-25-13In Fig. 5 one can see that COMP is  lower than last week’s level, and far away from signaling recession.

COMP can be used for stock market exit timing as discussed in this article The Use of Recession Indicators in Stock Market Timing.


Fig 5.1 BCIg10-25-13Fig. 5.1 shows our recession indicator iM-BCIg, approximately at last week’s level.  It is possible that BCIg may have peaked in June.   A recession is not imminent as one can clearly see.

Please also refer to the BCI page



Fig 6 GOLD 10-25-13There is no buy-signal from the modified Coppock Gold indicator shown in Fig 6.  This model has been out of Gold since Nov-26-2012.

This indicator is described in Is it Time to Buy Gold Again? – Wait for the buy signal ……. Please also view the technical gold chart from a recent article in Morningstar-Australia.



Fig 7 SILVER 10-25-13The modified Coppock Silver indicator shown in Fig 7 and is currently invested. The price of silver is a few cents up from last week.

This indicator is described in Silver – Better Than Gold: A Modified Coppock Indicator for Silver.


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