One of the most fascinating things in markets is forecasting trends and price targets. It certainly is one of the most challenging things as the number of (pseudo) analysts and forecasters has grown exponentially in recent years. Moreover, with a plethora of charting tools it seems that forecasting is ‘easy peasy’, right? It’s quite the opposite, in fact. Anecdotal evidence comes from our highly accurate 2022 forecasts which were really not established by using features of popular tools.
Markets are adapting to this ‘new reality’ of its participants. In fact, the more analysts and interest the more challenging markets become.
More sophisticated techniques are required to get the analysis right. More importantly, patience is growing as one of the most important success factors. Not only is patience impossible to include in tools, it is the exact opposite: with more tools and a never-ending stream of financial content it is probably to most undervalued and hardest to obtain ‘value’ or ‘skill’ or ‘asset’ for investors.
As per Einstein: “Everything must be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”
The same applies to forecasting trends and price targets in markets.
While the number of ‘do it yourself’ tools have grown for analysts, they all come with an incredible amount of features. All this triggers analysis to become more complicated.
The truth of the matter is that markets are complex, but capital flows are not complex. They are there, and any forecasting methodology should be able to ‘capture’ them. It won’t work with technical indicators as those are lagging.
One of the angles that we apply, completely ignored by 99% of analysts, is timeline analysis. Yes, we have realized big successes with this and we’ll continue to do so! We won’t elaborate on this, consider it our IP.
Another angle is simply finding the market that is creating a dominant trend, and analyze that market as well as its leading indicator. How simple can things be, right. Sounds simple, apparently not so simple to execute.
The dominant trend in stock markets since mid-November has been weakness in tech stocks. The leading indicator of the Nasdaq is its volatility chart. So, if you want to understand the trend going forward, you need to understand the intention of the Nasdaq and you do so based on a thorough understanding of the Nasdaq volatility chart.
Here is how it goes:
- The Nasdaq volatility index is going through a long term bullish reversal which comes with bearish implications for the Nasdaq index.
- A strongly rising trend started in November. A series of higher highs and higher lows was set in a perfect structure.
- On February 27th, we explained in great detail in our premium services Momentum Investing and Trade Alerts that the highs of the Nasdaq volatility index would predict the start of a real crash vs. the end of selling. The chart we featured to members was released one month later in the public domain How To Forecast The Nasdaq. Below is what the chart looks like today, but you should really pay attention to the ‘events’ on this chart end of Feb / early March.
- Moreover, and equally important, on March 6h, we mentioned in Nasdaq: Is A Bounce Imminent that the timeline suggested an end of selling.
The timeline combined with a few specific price points on the Nasdaq volatility chart were able to help us (tremendously) understand direction of the market. We positioned ourselves accordingly.
So, what does all this mean for markets going forward? It is really simple. The falling trendline that originated in the first week of March is the driving force. Once this indicator clears the falling trendline to the upside (approx. around 30 points), it will introduce more selling in stocks. The only question becomes if volatility will end at the point where the breakdown on March 16th started (approx. around 35 points).
On the flipside, a bullish outcome in US markets will come with an invalidation of the 6 month rising trendline (currently also support of the rounded pattern), approximately around 26 points.
In our Trade Alerts service we have a dedicated section in our weekend alerts about volatility index analysis. We analyze 6 distinct volatility indexes and offer a unique viewpoint for members. In our Momentum Investing service we use volatility indexes combined with intermarket analysis to time entries for positions in stocks.
This article was originally posted on InvestingHaven.com