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.

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3/20/2020: The Forward Rate Ratio between the 2-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields (FRR2-10) is above last week’s level and is not signaling a recession.

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.

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The BCI at 253.1 is down from last week’s upward revised 256.8, and is below the previous high for this business cycle indicated by the BCIp of 33.0. Also, the 6-month smoothed annualized growth BCIg at 6.1 is down from last week’s upward revised 8.3.

With high probability BCIp will trigger a recession call next week,  explained in  this article.

(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.

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Market Signals Summary:

All iM US market macro models are in the stock market as is the australian  MAC-AU. The recession indicators iM-LLI and iM-BCIg do not signal a recession. The bond market model avoids high beta (long) bonds, and the yield curve is flattening and a buy FLAT was generated 2/21/2020 and the BVR reached a new record high on 2/27/2020. The Gold Coppock and iM-Gold Timer remains invested in gold, however the silver model is in cash.



Fig-2.-5-29-2015The MAC-US model switched into the markets on 2/26/2019. The sell-spread (red line) is below last week’s value and needs to move below zero to generate a sell signal.


(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.
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2/7/2020: The unemployment rate recession model (article link), has been updated with the February UER of 3.5%. The model does not signal a recession. Note: The UER reflects the employment situation of mid February, thus do not include any possible impacts of the COVID-19 virus.

Here is the link to the full update.


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

    is there an update to the DAGS chart available somewhere?

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