The stock market at this point has officially social distanced itself from the economy. They are not just 6 feet apart. They are 6 million miles apart.
With the help of the Fed, the stock and bond markets have become a game of "greater fools". We are encouraged to jump in and buy high, because there will be a greater fool who will buy higher from us. And while we are at it, let's drink some Kool-Aid too.
Here's a prime example of the "greater fools" scenario currently happening. From Wall Street Journal:
“For much of the past month and a half, the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note has hovered around two-thirds of a percentage point—a shade above its all-time low of around 0.5% set in March.
Taken together, the low level of the 10-year yield and its stability suggest that bond investors not only hold a dreary economic outlook but also are unusually confident in that perspective, a contrast with the optimism that has carried stocks to their highest levels since early March.”
So big institutional investors are persistently bearish. Meanwhile: "Last week, the smallest of options traders (those who trade 10 contracts or fewer at a time) positioned themselves to bet on a rally, buying bullish calls and selling bearish puts at a record pace."
Only one of these two groups will be right. And only time will tell. But past history heavily favors big money. It would be truly wise for us "dumb money" to realize that we are just that: the dumb money that functions as the greater fools for the big money.
You are probably thinking "What a depressing thought!". True. But there is no one forcing us to be the dumb money. There's only us making those decisions ourselves. As long as we are aware that we may be stepping into traps, we may have a chance of navigating around them successfully.
Our personal theory about big money is this. Don't bet against them. Instead, follow their crumbs!
How do we find their crumbs? In technical analysis. Big money cannot move big amount of money without leaving a trail. They are the market after all.
One very important component of technical analysis is to understand the time frame of your data and projections. Low-risk high-reward (LRHR) setups exist for each time frame, but they don't cross time frames necessarily. For example, you can be bullish short term, and neutral to bearish medium term.
We encourage you to read all of our analysis in all time frames. But your job is to decide which time frame you are trading in, and don't mix up our projections from one time frame with the other.
As we explained last week, medium term trade is the a trade that may last multiple weeks. For example, capturing the entire Dive1 is a medium-term trade. It lasted from 2/20 to 3/23. Or capturing all of the bear market rally is another medium-term trade.
Right now the ideal medium term trade is to finish riding the bear market rally with a long position. However, this trade would only make sense for medium term if it was entered closer to 3/23. Entering long right now does not meet LRHR criteria for medium term.
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