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The Stock Market and the Economy


Published August 7, 2020

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One of the favorite sources of news and discussion topics in the financial media is the economy and speculation about its future health. Everyone knows that economies, whether local, national or global, repeatedly go through boom and bust cycles. These business cycles affect all of us to some degree but many in the investment community pay particular attention to them because of a fundamental belief that as the economy goes so goes the stock market. (more…)

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The Drop in the U.S. Dollar Could Shift the Investment Landscape


Published July 31, 2020

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There has been a lot of attention recently about the sharp drop in the price of the U.S. dollar. This decline has sent gold and other commodity prices soaring. Driving this decline in the dollar is a quicker recovery in economies outside the U.S., last week’s coordinated stimulus action by the European Union (which bolsters the Euro), and the zero interest rate policy of the U.S. Federal Reserve for as long as the eye can see. To put this in context, until recently, the dollar enjoyed a very long run of strength as Europe and Japan struggled. (more…)

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The Stock Market Adds New Fuel to the Rally


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Published July 24, 2020

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We have mentioned recently the need for the stock market to expand its participation if the rally was to continue.  Over the past couple of weeks this appears to be happening.  See below a variety of sectors outside the usual FANGMA* tech/consumer complex that have been showing strength.  This rotation is what fuels longer-term stock market rallies.

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Stock market seeks other drivers


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Published July 17, 2020

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A few miscellaneous notes this week that describe the current market outlook, foggy though it be.  Starting at the highest level with the wide range of earnings projections for the S&P 500.  Currently, the S&P 500 index trades around 3200.  If we look at the chart below, we see a 2021 earnings per share for the S&P 500 range of $135-170.  At $135, the S&P 500 is trading at price-earnings ratio of 23, on the high end of “normal”.

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China Maybe Gets Some Mojo


Published July 10, 2020

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The Wall Street Journal’s excellent daily blasts: The Daily Shot and Real-Time Economics provide a quick overview of economic and market trends and data. We were struck by a set of charts in one of this week’s blasts from those sources. Coinciding with the news that the Chinese government had notably expanded measures aimed at supporting the Chinese stock market, these charts could be read as a broader initiative by China to sort of take global market share while the U.S. pulls back on the global stage. We are very far from geopolitical experts, of course, but we are pretty good at seeing trends (being trend-followers!). This looks like a trend in the making to us (or continuation of a bigger trend, depending on your time frame). Herewith are a series of China-related charts. May be the start of something bigger and longer-lasting.

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The Nasdaq 100 Seems Unstoppable


Published July 3, 2020

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At TimingCube our focus market index is the Nasdaq 100, traded under the symbol QQQ. The Nasdaq 100 contains the 100 largest non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, a purely electronic exchange that was founded in 1971. This focus on non-financial companies has served the index well over the past 30 years, a period dominated by growth in technology and electronic commerce. (more…)

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Our Knowledge Base


Published June 26, 2020

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Subscribers new to TimingCube may not be aware that we have a treasure trove of articles available in our Knowledge Base. To find these articles go to the Resources tab at the top of the page. Many of the articles are briefs about our investing approach and how to best use our service. As you peruse those articles you will note that we talk often about emotions. We believe that understanding and controlling our emotions is the key to successful investing. We propose doing this by relying on long-standing market models. These models remove much of the emotion of investing, the fraught decisions over when and what to buy and sell. For more about the emotional aspect of investing, we offer below one of the articles from our Knowledge Base. (more…)

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The Recovery Trade Comes Undone


Published June 12, 2020

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Maybe the bear market is, or will be, alive and well. This week’s market action reminded investors that we are in an economic recession, and that it has just begun. There are still 20 million people, at least, unemployed, and likely will be half that many unemployed for months to come. And the government support checks might be drying up in a few weeks. The torrid run in the previously lagging groups, like financials, energy, and small-caps gave up almost all of their two week party (all of June’s gains) in a mere two days. Investors were reminded that in a dicey market environment it pays to be careful. (more…)

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Is the Nasdaq Due for a Breather?


Published June 5, 2020

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Stocks have just unleashed their all-time best 50-day performance in history. Some think it might be due for a break. The support for that argument comes as the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) has run right up to its prior high point – e.g. it’s on the verge of an all-time high price. Usually, there is some resistance to buying at an all-time high price (who wants to pay the highest price ever for something?). That resistance eventually gives way as new information supports paying more. But initially, there is some balking. We find ourselves at that point this week. (more…)