#860 October 18, 2017
  • Feature: Markets Don’t Flop from the Top by D. R. Barton, Jr.
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Markets Don’t Flop from the Top
by D. R. Barton, Jr.
An object in motion tends to remain in motion until acted on by an outside force.
—Simplified version of Newton’s First Law
My Grandma Seymour was a gracious woman. A Godly and wise woman. A woman of exceptional beauty (often mistaken as my Mom’s sister, much to Mom’s chagrin…).

Above all, she was the quintessential southern matriarch. She ruled our family not so much from a position of authority (though she had that), but rather from a position of repeated wisdom and gentleness. Thus, garnering and maintaining everyone’s respect.

When I grow up, I want to be just like her.

When anyone stayed at Grandma’s house, they awakened to an essential southern breakfast feast:

Scrambled eggs. Southern biscuits and sausage gravy (or red eye gravy, if you preferred). At least three varieties of homemade jellies and jam. Homemade apple butter. Sausage patties. Tomatoes…always tomatoes. And then – the star of the show — country ham.

If you don’t know country ham, you’re missing out on one of life’s delicacies. It may be my son’s single favorite food. For the uninitiated, it’s a salt and sugar cured ham, a close cousin of prosciutto, though cut more thickly.

Here’s the reason I’m telling you about all this — this bountiful spread was every breakfast I had at Grandma’s house — ever. Even if it was just the two of us.

As I grew older and would go to see her by myself, I might have expected something different, something less expansive. But it wouldn’t matter that it was just me…I got the whole feast.

If you stayed the night with Grandma, you got the full breakfast. Period. Why expect anything else?

Which brings us to our current U.S. markets. They are grinding mercilessly up.

And markets in a slow grind up typically stay in a slow grind up for longer than people expect. Like wondering what’s for breakfast at my Grandma’s house — why expect anything different?

And yet tons of people keep expecting markets to go down. Some even calling for a crash. Let’s discuss those possibilities a bit…

Markets Will Do What They Want, but I Expect Them to Act Like They Usually Act

Let’s start with a premise that markets don’t flop from the top.

Said in less kitschy way: markets tend to make rounded tops before their biggest drops. Let’s look at three examples that most everyone will remember.

First the Dot.Com Bubble:
D.R. Chart 1
Next, we had the Real Estate and Debt Bubble in 2007- 2008:
D.R. Chart 2
And lastly, we had the Summer of 2011 when Standard & Poors downgraded U.S. credit in the midst of the European debt crisis:
D.R. Chart 3
Today’s U.S. markets are just pounding out one incremental new all-time high after another.

This is the second longest bull market in history of U.S. equities markets. Turning that statistic into a strategy and exiting too quickly could be a costly mistake.

We have made many new highs this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make more. Let’s look at an interesting string of charts from LPL Financial Research:
D.R. Chart 4
From that report quoting Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist:

“It is important to remember that new highs tend to happen in clusters that can last decades, but in between you can have years without new highs. Recalling this can be one clue that this bull market may not be as old as many think.”

The Dow has been tracked even longer, back into the 19th century. And while this year’s 48 new all-time closing highs is a big number, that is only the eighth highest single-year total! Here’s the data:
D.R. Chart 5
Lastly, the Nasdaq 100, which has made 60 new highs, is close to its record of 66 in a single year (it’s a much younger index). But the key that I take away from the next chart is how long the string of new highs persisted:
D.R. Chart 6
During that 1985-2000 run-up, new highs were made in 15 out of 16 years.

Let’s get to the bottom line: Far be it for me to give any absolutes. But, for people trying to decide what to do with money right now, why fight against a market that’s actively trying to hand you money on the long side?

Many pundits and even some traders and investors I know and respect have been actively calling for a top. For years, now.

I find it much easier to swim with this slowly rising tide. Peter Lynch famously said:

“Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections, or trying to anticipate corrections, than has been lost in corrections themselves.”

Staying on the right side of the market is not always easy. But when it is, keep riding the easy move up while having a plan in place to protect your capital when the inevitable big pullback comes. Just don’t pull that ripcord until an actual drop starts happening…

I always love to hear your thoughts and feedback – just send an email to drbarton “at” vantharp.com.

Great Trading,
D. R.
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Trading Tip

Trading a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin)
by Gabriel Grammatidis

D.R. Barton
Bitcoin as the main cryptocurrency behaves just like an “established” currency pair.

Analyzing the charts there is not much difference between trading an “established” currency and a cryptocurrency — the same patterns occur repeatedly.

This is not only true for S1 (Busted Breakout pattern), but as well for the FLB (S2) and the 3TMA (S3).

Cautionary note: Stay with the 6 Majors — all cryptos shall be traded without margin!

Watch the short 3 mintute video from Gabriel below on patterns in the Bitcoin chart
crypto currency
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