iM Update – February 19, 2016

Market Signals Summary:

The MAC-US model  is out of the market.  Also, the 3-mo Hi-Lo Index of the S&P500 is out of the markets.   The MAC-AU remains out of the markets.  The recession indicators COMP and iM-BCIg do not signal a recession.  The bond market model avoids high beta (long) bonds, the trend of the yield spread is declining. The gold model generated a buy signal, and the silver model is invested.



Fig-2.-2-19-2016The MAC-US model generated a sell-signal early January and is not invested in the stock-markets. The buy-spread is near last week’s level. The next buy signal will emerge once the buy-spread (green graph) moves above the zero line.



Fig-2.2-2-19-2016The 3-mo Hi-Lo Index of the S&P500 signaled an exit from the stock  markets on 12/17/2015 as the 40-day moving average (MA40) moved  below the 5% threshold. The  MA40 is near last week’s level.



Fig-2.1-2-19-2016The MAC-AU model generated a sell signal end of August and thus in cash. The buy-spread is higher than last week’s level. The next buy signal will emerge once the buy-spread (green graph) moves above the zero line.

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



Fig-3.-2-19-2016Figure 3 shows the COMP  is lower than  last week’s revised 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-3.1-2-19-2016Figure 3.1 shows the recession indicator iM-BCIg up on last week’s level. An imminent recession is not signaled .

Please also refer to the BCI page



Fig-3.2b-2-19-2016The Forward Rate Ratio between the 2-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields (FRR2-10) is near last week’s level and far away from signalling a recession.

A description of this indicator can be found here.

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