BLI Market View, January 2018

The BLUE LINE INVESTING™ (BLI)¹ Market View of the

 S&P 500 Index² for the month ending January 2018

Commentary:

The S&P 500 Index (S&P) finished the month of January closing 10.81% above the Blue Line, almost 4% higher from 7.32% at the end of December. With the S&P remaining above the Blue Line we continue to categorize the primary trend as Positive. However…

…since 1980, it has been very common for prices to “correct” in price back towards the Blue Line from elevated levels. This is commonly referred to as reversion to the mean. As #RichardRussell of #DowTheoryLetters use to say, the market sometimes acts like a rubber band. As prices advance, trending higher and higher, the rubber band stretches out. But once let go, the rubber band snaps back to its normal state. For us, the normal state or mean of the market is the Blue Line.

Are we at a point now where the stock market, like the rubber band, may snap back? Or could the market produce even higher elevated levels before it forms a top? Time will tell. But we have only found a handful of times since 1980 when price exceeded the Blue Line in excess of the current 10.81% before ultimately correcting back to the Blue Line.

Thanks for reading.

Jeff Link

Disclaimers:

¹ Blue Line Investing (BLI) is an alternative to traditional wealth management. BLI uses a disciplined, rules-based investment process to seek investment opportunities, regardless of whether financial markets are rising or falling. Based on technical analysis research, the process applies trend-following along with observations of economic moving averages of the market and other technical indicators.

² The S&P 500 Index is one of the most commonly followed equity indices, and many consider it one of the best representations of the U.S. stock market, and a bellwether for the U.S. economy. It is comprised of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. The volatility (beta) of the account may be greater or less than the index. It is not possible to invest directly in this index.

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