It’s More Like 2011 than 2014

The latest bout of selling in equity markets has been compared to the big drop below the 200-day moving average that occurred in October 2014.

While the 2014 breakdown was similar to what’s happened this year in terms of its rapid descent, looking at the big picture, the current decline appears to me to be more like what happened in 2011 than what happened in 2014.

The chart below of the S&P 500 index over the past five years tells the story nicely.

Here we see that in 2014, we had what’s called a “V-shaped” bottom in stocks. There was a sharp breakdown below the 200-day moving average (blue line) and then a subsequent swift move back above the 200-day moving average (MA) that kept stocks grinding higher until this July.

In 2011, we had a swift breakdown below the 200-day MA in August, but the difference between 2011 and 2014 is that the market stayed well below the 200-day MA for most of the rest of the year.

In fact, it took Federal Reserve quantitative easing (QE) to kick buyers back into the market and to send stocks back above their long-term trend line.

I suspect that we are in the same situation now as we were back in 2011. This is not going to be a 2014 “V-shaped” bottom. Rather, I think we are in for a tough slog through the remainder of the year.

The big difference between this year and 2011 is that the Fed is on the verge of hiking interest rates this year, not easing up the way it did four years ago.

We won’t know what actually happens with the Fed until the Sept. 17 decision is announced, but what I think we can say with supreme confidence is that this market is in for more volatility until then.

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It Must Be Labor Day…

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.”

— Doug Larson

It’s Labor Day weekend, and if you are planning a road trip with friends and family, you’re not alone. Some estimates I’ve read say there is going to be record road travel this weekend, which is largely a consequence of the lowest gas prices at this time of year in more than a decade. And while taking that road trip can be fun, it’s important to remember to be safe, stay calm — and to not let the stress of the road get the best of you.

Wisdom about money, investing and life can be found anywhere. If you have a good quote you’d like me to share with your fellow readers, send it to me, along with any comments, questions and suggestions you have about my audio podcast, newsletters, seminars or anything else. Ask Doug.

In case you missed it, I encourage you to read my e-letter column from last week on Eagle Daily Investor about why bad things happen under the 200-day moving average. I also invite you to comment in the space provided below my Eagle Daily Investor commentary.

All the best,

Doug Fabian