In last month’s update, I illustrated the three primary trends that almost every publicly traded investment experiences throughout its existence. The reason I believe it is imperative to have this understanding and awareness is because investment profits result from aligning our investment decisions, and strategy, with the prevailing trend in motion. Whenever an investor loses money after making an investment, it is typically the result of having invested contrary to the trend. In other words, they buy when the trend suggests not to.

In this update I will clarify a previous comment. Last month I said I believed the current primary trend was a sideways trend, but I misspoke. I should have said I believe the secondary trend is a sideways trend. Believe it or not, trends exist within trends. Let me show you what I mean.



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A version of the chart above was illustrated in the January 2023 update. As we ended calendar year 2021, the S&P had broken out above the identified rising trend channel. But during 2022 the market experienced a channel correction. The S&P subsequently lost approximately 18% of its value, and as you can see, prices fell below and remained below the Blue Line for most of the year.

Fast forward to the end of April and we see for the first time since June of 2020, prices are once again beginning to rise above the Blue Line which is encouraging. The only question now is whether prices will remain above it.  Now look at the information above from a slightly different perspective.



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From this perspective we see a potential sideways trend channel bounded by the gray-dashed lines. This channel can be traced back to early 2021. Consider what these two trends look like when one overlays the other.



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From this viewpoint, we observe the possibility of a sideways channel that currently exists within a rising channel. With this perspective, here’s what I believe we should expect over the months ahead, based on what the market may be suggesting right now.


  • The S&P is still in a rising trend, so we should expect higher prices in the future. Historically speaking, we should eventually see new all-time highs.

  • Prices need to rise above and remain above the top, gray-dashed line however, for us to see new highs sooner rather than later. Otherwise, any new highs may not materialize until sometime in 2024, or even 2025, if at all.

  • There will likely be more headline news that causes concern to investors that will result in stock market price volatility. This may include more bank failures, continued fears of a recession in the US, etc. However, if prices remain either (1) above the Blue Line, and/or (2) above the bottom, green-dashed line, I don’t believe our clients should be overly concerned.

  • Finally, based on historical patterns, I believe it is very unlikely the market will experience the dreaded “Trend Correction” found in Chapter 5 of my book, Protecting The Pig. While I believe the potential for such losses exists in the years ahead, the patterns at this time do not support a stock market “crash” or other similar outcome that some people may be promoting through the mainstream media.


Remember, the key is the Blue Line. If time permits, I will post some charts of some of the banking stocks that are suffering massive losses this year in the weeks ahead. The one thing they all have in common is their prices fell below and remained below their Blue Lines long before some of them experienced price crashes and outright failure.




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The S&P finished the month of April 3.68% above the Blue Line, compared to 2.73% above the Blue Line at the end of March. Thank you for reading this update and for your continued trust and confidence, and do not hesitate to call me with any questions at (833) 258-2583.


Jeff Link, Founder



The BLUE LINE INVESTING® (BLI) investment process was founded on over 95 years of stock market history. It seeks to identify and align investment decisions with multiyear trends. Various aspects of this process have been illustrated in my book Protecting The Pig: How Stock Market Trends Reveal the Way to Grow and Preserve Your Wealth.

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