In my April 2022 update I introduced a new potential declining trend channel, identified by two downward sloping red-dashed lines. Over the next three weeks, the S&P broke down through the lower, red-dashed line as the stock market decline continued. Then, during the final week of May the market staged a price rally leaving the S&P down 13.3%* for the year. From top to bottom, the S&P declined 20% for the year through May 20th. The question many people are now asking is, “Was that the bottom?” Currently, I believe the answer is let’s hope so. If it wasn’t, I believe there could be another 20% or so to go before reaching a final bottom somewhere in the months ahead.


PRIMARY TREND: RISING (but correcting)

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The chart above illustrates the S&P at a potential intersection of trend channels. The rising trend channels are identified by the green-dashed lines, while the declining trend channels are identified by the red-dashed lines. To attempt to keep this concept as simple as possible, I have added a red arrow and a green arrow to the chart above. If price can eventually rally and break above the top, red-dashed line identified by the red arrow, then I believe it will signal the green rising channel remains dominant and higher prices are likely. However, if price eventually breaks below the lowest green-dashed line identified by the green arrow, I believe continued losses are likely. Please look at the next chart to see why.



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The chart above shows what I believe are the outside “bounds” of a rising trend channel dating back to 2008. I believe the S&P is currently testing the top, green-dashed line as identified by the orange arrow. IF this line is broken, and remains broken, it opens the door to the possibility of price eventually dropping down to the lower, green-dashed line identified by the red arrow. If this were to eventually happen, total losses on the S&P could approximate 40% from the high to the low. Based on stock market history dating back to the late 1960’s and through the 1970’s, this should not come as a surprise if it were to happen again. I encourage all investors who read these updates and are not existing clients to reevaluate your investment strategy and be prepared for whatever may lie ahead. The longer the S&P remains below the Blue Line, the more likely future losses are in store. Speaking of the Blue Line…



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The S&P finished the month of May 4.62% below the Blue Line, compared to 6.1% below the Blue Line at the end of April.

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Jeff Link



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