During October, all three major US stock market indices – the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index, and NASDAQ Composite – made new closing lows from their previous lows in June. Historically speaking, if all three of these indexes are making new lows together without making new highs, investors should expect a continuation of the trend in motion. Presently, that trend is down. The only index of the three that is nearing a test of its previous high is the Dow. So, until the evidence suggests otherwise, I believe caution continues to be warranted.


PRIMARY TREND: RISING (but correcting)

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The chart above has been updated through the end of October and shows the price rally in the S&P 500 is still contained within the downward-sloping declining trend channel. IF this years’ correction continues to unfold as a Channel Correction, we still have just shy of two months for it to complete. Otherwise, it’s possible for this market correction to continue longer and deeper into 2023.



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The S&P finished the month of October 4.28% below the Blue Line, compared to 12.90% below the Blue Line at the end of September. Price continues to remain below the Blue Line, which, according to our process suggests a defensive investment posture.



The chart below is of the iShares TIPS BOND ETF. This is an investment comprised of US Government bonds that are supposed to protect investors during times of rising inflation. As you can see, any investor or investment professional who bought these investments this year has had a most unpleasant surprise.

The purple arrow shows where the price was at the beginning of the year and the red arrow shows where it has been in recent days. This allegedly “safe” investment has lost its investors over 13% year-to-date!

I believe this is another example of how crucial risk management will be for all investors over the years ahead. If inflation protected bonds can drop 13% in a year when inflation is running high, what else may lie ahead that may catch investors surprised and off-guard compared to their expectations?


Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com


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Jeff Link



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