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January 2022 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

There are numerous ETFs that track everything from countries, commodities, currencies, and stock market indices to individual market sectors. ETFs provide a wonderfully easy way to discover what’s happening in the world markets. I apply an index-based version of my System Quality Number® (SQN®) score to measure the relative performance of numerous markets in a world model. The Market SQN score uses the daily percent change for input over a 100-day period. Typically, a Market SQN score over 1.47 is strongly bullish, and a score below -0.7 is very weak. …

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Update on Cryptocurrencies As of January 15th, 2022 By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

In May 2018, Bloomberg announced that they had formed a cryptocurrency index called the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index. Since Bloomberg only caters to institutional clients, an index of this nature was one of the first steps toward widespread institutional involvement. The index tracks five major crypto assets: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS (EOS). The index started in May 2018 at 1,000. It reached a new peak in March 2021 of 3,765, dropped significantly until July 19th, then set a new high on November 9th …

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December 2021 Market Update Strong Bull Quiet Market Type By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

I always say that people do not trade the markets; they trade their beliefs about the markets. In that same way, I’d like to point out that these updates reflect my beliefs. I find the market update information useful for my trading, so I do the work each month and am happy to share that information with my readers. However, if your beliefs are not similar to mine, then this information may not be useful to you. Thus, if you are inclined to go through some sort of intellectual exercise …

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November 2021 Market Update Strong Bull Quiet Market Type By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

I always say that people do not trade the markets; they trade their beliefs about the markets. In that same way, I’d like to point out that these updates reflect my beliefs. I find the market update information useful for my trading, so I do the work each month and am happy to share that information with my readers. However, if your beliefs are not similar to mine, then this information may not be useful to you. Thus, if you are inclined to go through some sort of intellectual exercise …

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Gratitude, Thanksgiving, and the State of the Markets By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

Thanksgiving week is seasonally one of the strongest of the year. On Monday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq and the broader S&P 500 followed the time-tested tradition of strong Thanksgiving weeks by notching a new intraday all-time high before pulling back later in the session. In today’s tip, let’s take a look at what could be driving market direction into the end of the year. Then, we’ll wrap up with a quick thought on thankfulness, along with an exercise that I think you’ll find very enriching. Since the October market swoon, I’ve …

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What to Do in a World of Asset Prices Gone Wild By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

I’ve never quite understood the bearish crowd that worries “things are going too well.” Yes, I understand reversion to the mean. I also believe that sentiment analysis (too many people on one side of the market or the other) helps point out potential turning points. But over the past 15-20 years, markets have consistently been driven more by the availability of massive amounts of capital infused by central banks than by traditional market fundamentals. Rather than debate the merits (or lack thereof) of Modern Monetary Theory, what I’d like to …

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How My New Big Picture Outlook Changes Everything By, Gabriel Grammatidis

The Big Picture Outlook represents an important foundation for your investment and trading decisions. Van regularly points out that a very long-term analysis is critical for success trading the markets. The Big Picture Outlook impacts your trading strongly in terms of what asset classes to trade, which trading systems to employ, which trading instrument to use, and which holding periods best apply. What follows is my personal, new Big Picture Outlook and what it means for trading the markets in the remainder of the 2020s. My New Big Picture Outlook …

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Forecast: “Money Storm” Continues Its Downpour By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

Almost every week someone asks me whether or not this is the market top and every time I have a similar answer – until the money stops pouring in, none of the “lesser” issues matter very much. Technicals, sentiment, geopolitical issues, Covid news – all of that has had fleeting effects on the equity markets. Why? The power of using the narrative to inform our investing choices is as evident as ever. Today, we’re going to touch on the current narrative briefly and review a few charts that show what …

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Sector Bubble Watch Part II: Stock Watch + Other Risk Assets By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

Earlier this month, we talked about recent and potential future financial bubbles. There has been, what I’ve called, a “money storm” in the U.S. (and similarly in many other countries) coming from continued Federal Reserve monetary stimulus and from fiscal stimulus delivered by congress. Here’s a picture of the ongoing massive expansion of the Fed’s monetary injection: Note that the current amount of Fed Total Assets is $8.24 trillion—an incredible 9x times bigger than September 2008. We know that congress has provided three rounds of stimulus to combat the economic …

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Current and Coming Bursting Bubbles By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

Greetings from Old Orchard Beach in Maine. I’m up in the lovely Pine Tree State with my wife visiting my brother-in-law and we decided to go to spend a few days in the lovely “old school” beach community and, of course, to eat lobster. Lobster rolls, whole lobsters, lobster salad—I’m not picky… I’ve shared before how expensive traveling has become in this post-COVID lockdown period, where pent-up demand has exploded for anything travel-related. Maine is no exception. Several months ago, I looked up prices to rent a car in anticipation …

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