How to Use iMarketSignals for Recession Signals

The four Recession Indicator models on iMarketSignals should provide early warnings of oncoming recessions. Historically, the prospect of an economic downturn (recession) has corresponded to declining stock prices. It is therefore prudent to reduce stock market allocations or exit the stock market prior to recessions.

Weekly Updates relevant to Recession Signals

(i) The Recession Indicator FRR2-10: This indicator is a long leading indicator, 14 month average before the recession starts, and the markets may still rise after this indicator falls below 1.0.

Fig-3.2-5-10-2024.png 5/24/2024: Latest update only available to Bronze members

5/10/2024: The Forward Rate Ratio between the 2-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields (FRR2-10) inverted beginning August 2022 and is signalling a recession — the average lead time of this signal is 14 months.

A description of this indicator can be found here.

(ii) The Recession Indicators BCI :  On past performance, if BCIp falls below 25 a recession may begin about 20 weeks later, markets may have peaked or are about to peak. If BCIg falls below zero a recession followed historically on average 11 weeks later, markets have peaked.

BCI-4-4-2024.png 5/23/2024: Latest update only available to Bronze members

4/4/2024: BCIw-5-29-2015   BCIw is not signaling a recession, nor does the BCIg.

(iii) The Recession Indicators COMP : Similar to BCIg,  if this indicator falls below zero a recession starting a few weeks ahead is signaled by the model.

Fig-3.-4-5-2024.png 5/24/2024: Latest update only available to Bronze members

4/5/2024: show=0]


Market Signals Summary:

The S&P 500 Coppock Indicator exited the markets mid January 2024. All other indicators, that is the MAC-US, the 3-mo Hi-Lo Index of the S&P 500, the  CAPE-Cycle-ID,  and the iM-Google Trend Time are invested in the stock market. The BCIg does not signal a recession as does the growth of the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicator.  The Forward Rate Ratio between the 2 and 10 year rates inverted beginning August 2022;  November 2022. The iM-Gold Coppock  and the iM-Silver Coppock are invested in the respective metals, as is the iM-Gold Timer.



Fig-2.-5-29-2015 The MAC-US model invested the US stock markets in first week of February 2023.


(iv) The Unemployment Rate Recession Model:

The model signals the start of a recession when any one of the following three conditions occurs:

  1. The short exponential moving average (EMA) of the unemployment rate (UER) rises and crosses the long EMA to the upside, and the difference between the two EMAs is at least 0.07.
  2. The unemployment rate growth rate (UERg) rises above zero, while the long EMA of the unemployment rate has a positive slope, and the difference between the long EMA at that time and the long EMA 10 weeks before is greater than 0.025.
  3. The 19-week rate of change of the UER is greater than 8.0%, while simultaneously the long EMA of the UER has a positive slope and the difference between the long EMA at the time and the long EMA 10 weeks earlier is greater than 0.015.
Fig-8.-4-5-2024.png 5/3/2024: To view latest update please log in

4/5/2024: The 5/2/2024 BLS Employment Situation Report shows that the April 2024 unemployment rate increased to 3.9% from last month. Our UER model does  signal a recession.



Fig-9a-5-29-2015Fig 9a depicts the CAPE-Cycle-ID and the year-on-year rate-of-change of the Shiller CAPE;  the level switched from -2 to 0 end of June 2023 generating a buy  signal. This indicator now invested in the markets. This indicator is described here.

To avoid the bear market, exit stocks when the spread between the 5-month and 25-month moving averages of S&P-real becomes negative and simultaneously the CAPE-Cycle-ID score is 0 or -2. (read more)


Estimated Forward 10-Year Returns

Fig-9b-5-29-2015The estimated forward 10‐year annualized real return is 5.8% (previous month 5.6%) with a 95% confidence interval 4.5% to 7.2% (4.2% to 7.0% ). Also refer to the  Realized Forward 10-Year Returns vs. Inflation Rate Fig-9c-5-29-2015We may be in a rising inflation period with a falling CAPE-MA35 ratio similar to 1964-1973. This implies very low or negative 10 year forward annualized real returns, much lower than the returns indicated by regression analysis shown in the Estimated Forward 10-Year Returns.



iM-GT Timer

Fig-10-5-29-2015The iM-GT Timer, based on Google Search Trends volume indicator entered the stock markets beginning September 2023. This indicator is described here.


0 comments on “How to Use iMarketSignals for Recession Signals
  1. jlombard says:

    is there an update to the DAGS chart available somewhere?

  2. ovacikar says:

    Was there no BCI posted for the week of Jan 11 2024?

Leave a Reply

With reference to Section 202(a)(11)(D) of the Investment Advisers Act: We are Engineers and not Investment Advisers, read more ...
By the mere act of reading this page and navigating this site you acknowledge, agree to, and abide by the Terms of Use / Disclaimer