If the market swings and this enormous volatility leave you speechless, you’re probably not alone.
Based on today’s market activity, yesterday sure looked like a dead cat bounce. Contributing to the negative bias were recession concerns at home and the ever worsening debt crisis in Europe, for which there simply is no painless solution.
This is the type of market that moves with lightening speed supporting my often voiced view that you have to prepare you exit strategy during times of calmness. This assures that you don’t stress out when the heat is on and you simply focus on executing your trailing sell stops as they get triggered. That’s how things are handled in my advisor practice.
Our Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs) slipped with the market confirming my opinion that we have entered bear market territory. Here’s are today’s closing numbers:
Domestic TTI: -1.03%
International TTI: -13.07%
S&P 500 200-day M/A: -12.88%
Our PRPFX hedge, which I set up yesterday, performed as expected so far. Here’s the matrix:
As you can see, the market drop helped our cause, and the hedge is up by +1.64% as both components are in plus territory.
There is no way to even attempt to make a reasonable forecast as to how low we can go or if there is and end in sight to this market debacle. To me, it does not really matter, what matters only is that we try to stay in tune with the major market trend, which is down at this time.
As long as this volatility is with us, I will be focusing more on a review of the day’s events and will only produce the Cutline reports as time allows.
Tomorrow, we’ll be facing jobless claims and June trade balance reports, and I am sure there will be more unknown uncertainties popping up out of Europe. This is the time to be concerned about portfolio preservation and not look for far out opportunities. Because right now, it’s very easy for investors to do something very stupid.