No, I Can’t Fix Your Phone, But I Can Time The Markets

Thanks for keeping the great comments and questions rolling in.

Well, most of them are great.

Spoiler alert: I can’t fix your broken phone, and I really am “that ignorant.”

But I was able to field some excellent questions about what happens to all the money from Trump’s tax cuts, whether the Fed will really raid private bank accounts, and the myth that you “can’t time the markets.”

I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed answering them – and please, drop me a line in the comments section. You may very well be featured in our next issue.


Look for A Long Term Red LAMPP Signal Next Week (And Start Shorting)

The Long Term LAMPP is on the verge of turning red, possibly as soon as next week. The LAMPP index has descended right to its 78 week moving average. Crossing below that moving average would turn the signal red.

The short term LAMPP remains on red for the 8th straight week, in what was at least a premature signal, but not necessarily a wrong signal. In my short term trades list in the Wall Street Examiner Pro Trader Market Update there are now more shorts than longs and the shorts turned more profitable than the longs in the last week. Those are signs of a market in intermediate transition.

And that at least partly validates the Short Term LAMPP red signal. The market averages have been rising on an ever narrowing list of participating stocks. The averages are masking spreading technical weakness in an increasing number of stocks. Air pockets have developed in many names as they report worse then expected earnings. You may have seen this in your own portfolio over the last two weeks. The market averages rarely tell the whole story, and sometimes, like now, they tell a misleading story.

In the next week or couple of weeks the LAMPP will cross below its 78 week moving average. That will be a red signal. It will be time to get out of stocks. Tops take months to roll over, so there’s probably no urgency to “sell everything,” but we should stay on a systematic program of regular sales to build a substantial cash holding by March of 2018. I’m looking at 60-70% of a portfolio in cash. Your goal would differ depending on your personal needs. As an older person, I might want to hold an even higher percentage of cash.

I also think that it’s probably ok to start shorting the market now by shorting the SPY, or buying inverse ETFs. I would not use leveraged ETFs or puts unless you are an experienced technical trader, or are comfortable with a third party timing service such as the Wall Street Examiner Pro Trader Market updates.

The Long Term LAMPP has weakened in the past several weeks because Treasury supply is increasing, just as I had forecast…