Research

This page lists ongoing research findings.  The models are not static; the continues refinement and research to improve the models is recorded on this page.

iM’s Business Cycle Index replaces ECRI’s WLI

Knowing when the U.S. Economy is heading for recession is paramount for successful investment decisions. We have designed the weekly iMarketSignals Business Cycle Index (BCI) so it would have provided early reliably warnings for the past seven recessions. We achieved recessions leads averaging 11 weeks, all with similar lengths. The absence of false positives, for the analyzed time period of 1967 to 2013, enhances the quality and reliability of the recession warnings.

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Does ECRI’s WLI Remain a Usable Indicator?

We now discovered that the index is excessively driven by one of its components, the ratio of “ten year treasury bond yield” to “BAA corporate bond yield.”

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Why is M2 Still a Component of ECRI’s WLI?

M2 has been downgraded and excluded as a leading indicator, yet ECRI still include it in their WLI.

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Historic Buy and Sell Signals for the MAC and IBH models.

Historic Buy and Sell Signals for the MAC and IBH models.

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Shadowing ECRI’s Weekly Leading Index (WLI)

The Shadow WLI stems from an international collaborative effort by Franz Lischka, Georg Vrba, Dwaine van Vuuren, and Doug Short. We publish the final shadow levels one day ahead of the official ECRI WLI for underlying component data to Friday of the prior week.
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Improving on Buy and Hold: Updated Model Description

The IBH stock market model was updated several times since its original publication in August 2010. Some of the updates were published in Advisor Perspective, and others were published in the weekly newsletter. The IBH model incorporating the latest updates produced a compound average annual return of over 13% from 1966 to 2013 (excluding dividends).

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