iM Update 9-6-13

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 a bit higher and iM-BCIg is lower from last week’s level. MAC-AU is also invested.



Fig 1 IBH 9-6-13The IBH-model is out of the market as shown in Fig. 1. A sell signal was generated 24 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 6-6-13The MAC-US model stays invested. MAC-US Fig 2 shows the spreads of the moving averages. The sell-spread is slightly lower from last week’s level, but the buy-spread is a lot lower. It looks as if both spreads have peaked. 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 9-6-13The 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 level. It appears as if the market is moving sideways. 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 9-6-13The 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 a bit higher than last week’s level, but the overall trend is downwards. 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 we can expect bonds to lose more value for some time still.


The Yield Curve:

Fig 4 Yield Curve 9-6-13The yield curve model shows the steepening trend of the 10-year and 2-year Treasuries yield spread. There is a significant increase in the spread from last week. Figure 4 charts (i10 – i2). The trend is up, as one can see. 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. (STPP has gained 15% since the buy signal of 8/22/12)



Fig 5 COMP 9-6-13In Fig. 5 one can see that COMP is a bit higher than last week’s level, but 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 BCIg 9-6-13Fig. 5.1 shows our recession indicator iM-BCIg, lower than 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 9-6-13There 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 9-6-13The modified Coppock Silver indicator shown in Fig 7 and is currently invested.

This indicator is described in Silver – Better Than Gold: A Modified Coppock Indicator for Silver. Please also view the technical silver chart from a recent article in Morningstar-Australia.


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