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Are we there but?” is not only a line from the children behind the automotive — it’s the query that buyers, speculators, {and professional} merchants have been asking themselves recently.

TL:dr? Virtually.

We’re nearly there – down ~25% this yr (to this point). I wouldn’t name this an orderly sell-off, however it additionally hasn’t been the kind of collapse related to true crashes just like the 2000 tech wreck or the subprime mortgage/derivatives disaster. Nonetheless, we’re getting near the degrees that make my internal contrarian sit up and listen.

For context, take into consideration the occasions when all the stars lined up and a serious reversal was pretty apparent. Occasions such because the tech/dotcom implosion, the double low in Oct 2002 and March 2003, the Nice Monetary Disaster in late 2007/early 2008, the lows in March 2009, and extra not too long ago, the 2020 pandemic. These appeared as real-time, higher-probability trades (however provided that you had been trying in the appropriate locations on the proper time).

Contemplate the chart (high) by way of Batnick. As he appropriately factors out, the Nasdaq has at all times been greater a yr later when greater than 90% of the NDX 100 are buying and selling under their 200-day shifting common.

What makes this so difficult is that you simply fairly often must go decrease earlier than you go greater. If you happen to look the place these NDX indicators are given, it’s earlier than – and generally means earlier than – the underside. Therefore, it’s why it’s extra of a heads-up and never a real backside indicator.

When markets start to disintegrate, I (generally) hear from of us on the lookout for engaging entries. Selecting tops and bottoms is an artwork if you do it for enjoyable, however a idiot’s errand in case you run cash professionally.

However in case you do wish to speculate as to the lows, reasonably than attempt to nail the underside, take into account scaling in over time. Break up your buys into 5-10 or so items. Purchase down 25%, down 30ish%, 40-something%, and undoubtedly down >50%. And as soon as the rally begins,1 proceed shopping for by pyramiding your successful positions, including to them as they work out.

Question: Which of those two approaches do you observed is extra more likely to work out for you?

Genius backside tick (2007-09):  


Shopping for on the best way down and on the best way up (2007-09):  


Near a backside?

There are anecdotal examples throughout: Contemplate the Noble Absolute Return ETF (image: NOPE). It’s a new Lengthy/Quick ETF that was launched this week and at present has simply 4 holdings: Money (84%), Proshares Quick Nasdaq QQQs (6%) Quick Cathie Wooden’s ARK Innovation ETF (5%), and Quick S&P500 (4%).

Ask your self if Wall Road is extra more likely to introduce merchandise of this kind at market tops or after a giant transfer down, and far nearer to the bottoms…


UPDATE: October 1, 2022

I unintentionally edited out the rationale for the title: I went to a really thrilling Mets sport this week; I used to be on the lookout for a time metaphor to mirror when one thing is nearer to the top than the start: Halftime felt too middleish, the seventeenth gap too late, third quarter too broad. The seventh Inning Stretch got here to thoughts — and it appeared excellent. Guess we’ll learn the way correct that’s in a number of months…

UPDATE 2: October 1, 2022

To the UK reader who requested: The seventh Inning Stretch is in the course of the seventh inning; after the thirteenth of 18 half innings, or ~77.77% by means of a typical 9-inning sport.



See additionally:
Washout (Batnick, September 27, 2022)

Some Ideas on Bear Markets (Carlson, March 11, 2022)


Countertrend? (August 15, 2022)

Hindsight Capital (April 27, 2022)

One-Sided Markets (September 29, 2021)

Finish of the Secular Bull? Not So Quick (April 3, 2020)

Don’t Panic! (with apologies to Douglas Adams) (March 9, 2020)



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