Active Trend Trading Free Weekend Report 10-23

Good Day Traders,

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Great article from Mike Trager tonight.  Mike covers the historical market tendencies during various presidential cycles including elections.  Being aware of these tendencies can help traders manage expectations and be prepared for seasonal effects.

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Mike’s Macro Market Musings:  Presidential Election Cycles

Now that the “presidential” debates have concluded (neither candidate seems especially “presidential” to me, but that’s a very different topic for discussion) and the election is less than three weeks away, it might be interesting to direct some attention to what might be expected in the equity markets going forward.  There are many different cycles that can be observed historically in U.S. equity markets and the presidential election cycle is one that has shown some consistency over several decades, albeit with the understanding that nothing is ever completely 100% predictive.  Consider the following chart:


One important point to note is that there is a difference in the market’s behavior depending on whether the incumbent party wins, or whether the new challenger party candidate wins.

The chart above shows two different versions of our Presidential Cycle Pattern, based on which type of president is in office.  I don’t mean which party, but rather the differentiation is over whether the president is from a different party than the last term.  For those rare instances when the same party is in office for a 3rd term (i.e., this would be the situation should Clinton prevail), I count that as a 2nd term president.

The reason for differentiating this way is that when a new president from a different party takes office, historically they have spent the first couple of years “discovering” that conditions are even worse than he told us during the campaign, and that the “only solution” is whatever package of taxes, spending, or regulatory changes it is that he is proposing.  This can create uncertainty in the financial markets and the markets dislike uncertainty to a very large degree.  Hence we can observe in the chart above that when a first term president from a new party (this year that would mean Trump) is in office, introducing new policies that have yet to be proven, there tends to be a noticeable downtrend in the equity markets that can persist for nearly two years post-election, eventually reversing into a very strong uptrend during the third and fourth years of said term.  When the incumbent party prevails, and retains the presidency (this year that would mean Clinton), the overall trend during those first two years appears to be somewhat sideways with a slight upward bias.  In either case, the third year of the presidential cycle shows a highly favorable and strong uptrend.

And election years are different when the incumbent is not running for re-election, as is the case right now.  Investors face the certainty of getting an unknown, and investors don’t like unknown risks.  So, the market tends to do worse in election years with no incumbent running.


So, how can we practically apply this information to our trading and investing?  If Trump manages by some miracle to become our next president, we can reasonably expect a market decline and an overall downward bias in the equity markets for maybe 18 – 24 months’ post-election, an environment in which rallies should be sold into and bullish trades have limited upside potential.  Should Clinton prevail, expect more of what we have seen most recently, an overall sideways trend with possibly a slight upward bias that may be limited by the historically high equity valuations currently present.  Either way, expect a very strong uptrend to begin in the late summer or early fall of 2018 which could last for a year or more, an environment in which buy and hold investing works extremely well and declines tend to be brief and shallow and should be vigorously bought.

In a previous column, I noted how the market has a very strong historical track record over a period of many decades of predicting the outcome of presidential elections with an 86% accuracy rate (again, nothing is ever 100%, but 86% is pretty strong).  To wit, should the market decline during the 3 months immediately preceding the election, the non-incumbent party (this currently refers to the Republican party and Trump) usually prevails, and vice versa should the market advance during that time period.  Given the overall sideways trend, or lack of trend, in equity index price action since early August as seen in the Dow and S&P 500 (with perhaps a very slight downward bias), the market currently (in late October, 2016) seems to be indicating that the election result is too close to call and could go either way, despite any poll results on any given day.  The very slight downward bias the past several weeks may perhaps be an early “tip of the hat” to, who has recently indicated a willingness to accept and not question an outcome in his favor.

As Dennis likes to say, we’ll see what happens.  The final result is likely to upset as many people as it pleases.  Regardless of the election outcome, the above information should help you prepare for either eventuality and not be surprised should the U.S. equity markets “dump with Trump”.

 General Market Observation:  Last week the Indexes finished in the lower part of the trading range for SPX.  The NDX looks ready for a run back towards the highs at the 4900 level.  The RUT finished Friday with a hammer off support at 1210.  I’m looking for each of the three Tracking Indexes to continue working within the established support/resistance zone.  Waiting for extremes is the challenge as the next Fed meeting draws near.  Even though the November Fed should be a non-news event, noise surrounding that meeting may move the market quickly either up or down.

I like RUT and TNA on any retest of Friday’s hammer.  While the RUT will react most violently if when interest rates are raised, until then there may be quick tradable swing soon.



SPX:   Downside Market Short the SPY, SPY Puts or SPXU.
Preferred Long ETF’s:  SPY, UPRO and SPXL

NDX:   Downside Market Short the QQQ, QQQ Puts or SQQQ.
Preferred Long ETF’s: QQQ and TQQQ

RUT:   Downside Market Short the IWM, IWM Puts or TZA.
Preferred Long ETF’s:  IWM and TNA
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Index Returns YTD 2016


ATTS Returns for 2016 through Oct 7, 2016


Percent invested initial $100K account:  Strategies I & II invested at 25.0%; Strategy III invested at 20%.


Current Strategy Performance YTD (Closed Trades)
Strategy I:  Up $1,059.75 or +1.5%
Strategy II:  Up $3187.00 or +3.18%
Strategy III:  Up $27,672.00
Cumulative YTD:  31.92%

Active Trend Trading’s Yearly Objectives:
–          Yearly Return of 40%
–          60% Winning Trades
–          Early Warning Alert Target Yearly Return = 15% or better

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Outs & Ins:   ARRS, CFG and SIVB make their debut on this week’s IBD 50 list.  ARRS reports earnings on 10/26 AMC and the other two financial stocks reported last week and are extended on a daily and weekly basis.  If either CFG or SIVB provide a pullback they may be worth a look because each could run over 10% back to their previous highs.

Earnings are still upcoming for most of the IBD 50.  We have open positions in GRUB, GIMO and BGS in expectation of a pre-earnings move up.  NVDA, MXL, CPE, BABA and MOMO look like a potential pre-earnings trades.  THO has already reported and in the process of consolidating.


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