iM Update – February 15, 2019

Market Signals Summary:

The MAC-US model is in cash after signaling a sell on 11/26/2018, and the iM-Low Frequency Timer is back in the markets since 1/22/2019. The “3-mo Hi-Lo Index of the S&P500” generated a sell signal on 10/17/2018 and is in cash. The monthly updated S&P500 Coppock switched out of the market on 1/29/2019. The MAC-AU has signaled a buy on 2/7/2019 and is invested in the markets. The recession indicators COMP and iM-BCIg do not signal a recession.  The bond market model avoids high beta (long) bonds, and the yield curve is indeterminate and signaled buy FLAT end November 2018. The gold Coppock model is invested in gold, however the silver model is in cash since early August 2018. The iM-Gold Timer sold gold on 12/31/2018

The monthly iM-GT-Timer, which is based on Google trends, has switched to cash on November 1, 2018.



Fig-2.-2-15-2019The MAC-US model  is in cash after it generated a sell signal on November 26, 2018. The buy-spread (green graph) is above last week’s level needs to rise above zero to signal a buy.

Forward simulation shows that if markets continue to rise then this indicator will signal a buy within the next two weeks



Fig-2.2-2-15-2019The 3-mo Hi-Lo Index of the S&P500 is above last week’s level at -2.47% (last week -5.87%), generated the sell signal on 10/17/2018 and is in cash.




Fig-2.1-2-15-2019The MAC-AU model is invested in the markets after signaling a a buy on February 7, 2019. The sell-spread (red line) now needs to move above zero before a sell signal can be generated.

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



Fig-3.-2-15-2019Figure 3 shows the COMP down from last week’s sharply downward revised levels (15.42 down to 9.04) . No recession is indicated. COMP can be used for stock market exit timing as discussed in this article The Use of Recession Indicators in Stock Market Timing.

The COMP followed the Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index’s downward revision.


Fig-3.1-2-15-2019Figure 3.1 shows the recession indicator iM-BCIg above last week’s level. An imminent recession is not signaled .

Please also refer to the BCI page



Fig-3.2-2-15-2019The Forward Rate Ratio between the 2-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields (FRR2-10) is near last week’s level and is not signaling a recession. The FRR2-10 general trend is downwards.

A description of this indicator can be found here.


Fig-3.3-2-15-2019The iM-Low Frequency Timer is back in the markets since 1/22/2019.

A description of this indicator can be found here.

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