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Interpreting data from the last bullish cycle and how to anticipate the next big market move

As members of Exodus are well aware, we completed our first 10-day bullish cycle of 2018 last Thursday, March 15th at the close-of-business.  It was another successful signal from the mother algo.  The performance of each major index during the cycle is shown below:

What does the chart tell us, besides Exodus wins again?  The Russell 2000 performed the best over the cycle.  That tells me we are reaching the late stages of our current bullish cycle, which dates back to November 2016 when our authoritarian leader won the US elections.  Investors start to ‘reach for risk’ as a run matures, pushing them higher-and-higher up the risk ladder until they ultimately fall down.

Which is fine.  Falling off the top of the risk ladder is part of the game.  Ideally, you have ridden the market high enough that your fall leaves you at a higher point than when you began climbing, and in a position to succeed when the next climb begins.

The NASDAQ made a new record high again last Tuesday then reversed.  The S&P ascended to new highs alongside the tech-heavy NASDAQ, but the Russell never made it.  The Dow was nowhere close.

It still looks like ‘buy-the-dip’ conditions, and we have a really useful piece of compression context to watch in the upcoming weeks—it is happening on the Dow, and when this breaks it is likely to dictate overall market direction.  Check it out:

We have a Fed meeting this week and a rate decision on Wednesday afternoon.  This is a live meeting, with the gambling halls in Chicago are currently placing a 94.4% probability of a 25 basis point hike.  These are still extremely accommodating rate conditions, and quite frankly it surprises me they are lifting rates so slowly.

The March futures contracts are officially finished and active traders will all be trading the June contracts starting this week.  This could be a pivot week, but for now we do not have much objective data to base our bias on.  So we favor the prevailing trend (up) and patiently wait for more actionable quantitative signals.


If it is thrills you’re after, I am told there is plenty of excitement to be found in watching college basket ball.  There is a team whose mascot is a golden retriever, the friendliest of breeds, that seems to personify the never-say-never American mentality.  You are better off gambling on them than forcing trades into the market.

Finally, I am part of a panel this month on premarket trading.  The event is free as is the food and drink.  I am told there will be craft beer on tap from two kegs and also high octane energy drinks.  If you are in the Detroit area come hang out.  We will be down in campus martius aka the heart of downtown.  Here is a link to the event and where you can RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Detroit-Investors-Traders-StockTwits-Meetups/events/248652154/

Models are neutral heading into the week.  Best trading opportunity is Wednesday around 2pm eastern.  Trade accordingly.

Exodus members, the 174th edition of Strategy Session is live, go check it out!

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The importance of bias and a look at bitcoin futures

Coming into the week with a bullish bias played a big part in Monday trade.  Monday started out with a small gap down.  7 NASDAQS available.  Inside Friday range.  Inside upper quadrant from Friday’s double distribution trend up.  The  overnight high was another 13 points up.  Looking for 20, risking 10.  Drop dead stop at the overnight low.

This was primary hypothesis on the morning report.

Risking 1 to make 2.  All day.  Hell I’d risk 1 to make 1.25 with a directional bias and layer-upon-layer of auction theory support.  I will wait weeks for these conditions.  Fasting and waiting.  Polishing the robots and reading old books.

Then all at once. Plugging gaps and sending runners for the highs.  Or the lows.  No allegiance to the bulls.  Only the robots.  I am their executor.

Anyhow, bitcoin futures are different natural market.

I have no statistics.  I lack the reams of raw CME data needed to parse and model upon.  I have no internals like TICK or NET ISSUES.

All we have is auction theory.  So here it goes:

  • 2-3 day trend: 3
  • 2-3 week trend: 2
  • strongest volume: 2
  • nearby magnets: 3
  • Excess hi/low: 3.5
  • Score: 3 neutral

No short term directional bias.

What has happened so far?

Bitcoin futures were higher during the holiday shortened first week of 2018.  After consolidating for most of the week, bitcoin came into Friday with a gap up and trend higher.  The market continued to test higher into the weekend.

Monday it opened gap down, down below the prior consolidation area, potentially trapping supply above.  The day began with a drive lower which revealed a strong responsive bid which resulted in a sharp excess low being formed.  Price has traded in the first hour’s range since.

What is likely to happen next?

Primary hypothesis is for sellers to defend an attempt back into the prior consolidation area ~14,895 setting up a move lower.


And with all that in mind, I do not carry enough conviction to participate in the short term auctions for bitcoin.  More information is needed.  I will, however, continue to wait before adding to my long-term BTC reserve.  I want to see how this overplay for the underlay resolves which is, as always, TBD.

Bias elevated my game.  It would behoove you to develop a habit of forming your own bias.  Maybe you pluck a few arrows from my quiver.  Hopefully you craft some of your own.  Then you will better understand the nuance of it all.  The in-between.  The raw materials.  Pure, unadulterated data.


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Neutral heading into 2018, but there are reasons to be bearish

A lapse in consistency last week.  I failed to update the bias model and produce an Exodus Strategy Session.  It was the first Sunday in 160 weeks that was missed.  But it is important to nip this error in the bud and not become lazy with my analysis.  Consistency was key to the success experienced this year, and I expect it to be how I continue to develop as a trader in 2018.  The model flagged bearish last Sunday, 12/24.

I could have been in a solid position to extract several NASDAQ points off the exchange.  I cannot stand missed opportunity, when I had an edge against the competition.

Tech took a hit last week.  There is a significant nuance in place right now in the tech sector.  Apple recently printed a failed auction.  Despite being wholly distracted by the holidays, I made note of this event on my Twitter account:

Here is the failed auction I am referring to.  This is a bearish occurrence.  The signal is in place until Apple goes up and takes out prior highs:

Primary expectation is for Apple to trade down to about $165 then find support at this prior area of resistance.  This is likely to continue to pressure the entire tech sector, and therefore the NASDAQ.

You think these failed auctions are just technical analysis guff that does not matter?  You think that pal?  Do you?  Look at what Tesla investors have been dealing with since the September failed auction we noted.

I float around my house all day in a heavy robe, burning thickets of sage, laughing as these brilliant internet people come up with 10,000 reasons why Tesla stock is not going up.

Imagine if more people could observe assets through the lens of an auction instead of their own biases…what a world that might be.

Moving on.

The best performing sector last week was Utilities which hints at risk aversion ticking higher.

The model flagged neutral heading into the upcoming week, heading into the first trading week of 2018.  A four business day week.  We are taking Monday off to observe New Year’s day.  However, come Tuesday, droves of new year new you people will be back to work, all extra on their latest money making scheme.  Which is fine.  Hopefully it works out well for them and they find satisfaction in 2018.  I am only noting that the first week of the year often presents more opportunities to trade.

The model does not give us an edge, therefore the plan is to scalp in either direction.  No runner positions will be held in anticipation of the higher time frame stepping in and pushing.

These little nuances, and a few others are presented in the 163rd Strategy Session, which is now live inside Exodus.  Be sure to check it out.

In summary, the failed auction in Apple and last week’s sector rotations are slight reasons to be bearish heading into the first week of 2018.  But the model offers no directional guidance.  Therefore we will focus on trading our price levels and taking profits when they become available.  Aka business as usual at the House of Raul.

Let’s kick their robot asses boys.


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iBankCoin Labs Is Bullish into Month End

Greetings lads and pardon my late entry!

As much as I wanted to make good time crossing the country by land there are so many natural views along the way that require additional examination.  Thus, it was not until 4pm pacific that I reached my initial destination, the pleasant hills of Santa Barbara.

But the model is the model and without dedication to updating the data inside it faithfully, it will lose its objectivity and efficacy.  Therefore it was the second matter of business after washing off a thick layer of desert dust.

Once updated, the model returned a bullish reading.  Nothing crazy, just a call for a calm drift, perhaps with a slight upward bias.  How absurd will it be if this forecast materializes?  If we continue rallying, sans pullback, clean into December?

Then a few weeks of locking in capital losses to work through before the holidays add some sparkle.  And then we can put 2017 to rest.

We are still focused on healthcare and biotech this week, and will be using this sector/industry to gauge direction of the overall market.

We discuss why to watch healthcare, and other actionable information in the Exodus Strategy Session, which is now live.

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iBankCoin Laboratory Continues To Be Bullish

To some, the market looks like it is hardly worthy of the unprecedented gains being achieved during these last 5 years.  Yet here we are, plugging higher nearly every week.  The complications inside the market are all operating smoothly, with very few reasons for concern.

There was some dispersion last week.  It is visible when you view the 1-week performance of each industry.  This is an easy thing to do inside Exodus.  A few clicks of the mouse reveal a bit of weakness below the surface of strong indices:

But then there is this mind-blowing, non-stop rally in semiconductors.  This is the real deal.  All those promises made back in 1999 about our lives being changed by computers and the internet are coming true and it is going to take billions-and-billions (extra Trump) of semiconductors.  Just look at the semiconductor chart:

Anyhow, our job is only to take life one week at a time.  And we take each week one day at a time.  According to the objective way we evaluate the stock market every week, the IndexModel, according to the model we are bullish.  Expectations are not extreme.  All we are looking for is a calm drift, perhaps with a slight upward bias, out through Halloween and into November.

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The Come Up: The Big Roadblock for Tesla Investors

Aside from deep, unwavering faith in Our Leader, the One who descended from Mount Mafadi and crossed the Atlantic ocean to bring Hope to the ill-fated humans of America, whose affinity for gasoline has sent them down a path of planetary destruction, there are reasons to be concerned with the share price of Tesla.  Intermediate term, over the next 1-6 months, there could be some tough times ahead for Disciples of Elon (Praise and Glory to The Leader).

It comes down to auction theory.  An approach to trading and investing that sets faith aside and makes an objective assessment of how the price of an asset is behaving.  One of the principles of auction theory is what we call a ‘failed auction’.  They occur when price exceeds a prior swing high, completely stalls out, then quickly reverses and price drives in the opposite direction.  Here is the failed auction that is happening in Tesla shares, ticker TSLA:

Our good friend Leonard Fibonacci offers a relevant price level to monitor, during the ‘come up’ phase of the failed auction.  What we are looking for now that the failed auction has confirmed, is whether sellers mean business.  On Tuesday, October 3rd we saw responsive buyers step in.  ‘Responsive buyers’ is an auction theory term that describes buyers who react to a perceived discount and buy.  Their aggressive response is enough to absorb the supply being offered to the marketplace, and we begin to auction upward.  If the selling that came in during the failed auction was the real deal, and the sign of more to come, then we expect sellers to defend the Fibonacci golden ratio level, the old 61.8% retrace, which just happens to line up with an old swing high set back on August 9th, right around the $367.35 ratio retrace, look:

Tesla has made an incredible run in 2017.  What I have told people all year is that the company has a pass to run free until the end of Q3.  ‘All eyes on end of Q3’ I would say.  End of Q3 is when we start having visibility on the Model 3 production numbers.  They fell short of the 1,500 deliveries expected.  They delivered 220.  To employees.  And while the initial reaction from shares was to ‘shrug off’ the whiff, it was a miss of grand proportions.  Then, also, there is a lingering rumor that Elon (Praise and Glory To The Leader) will step down as CEO of Tesla.  This rumor is trickling down the supply lines.  Even my birds on the inside are beginning to take it seriously.  Tesla without Elon (Praise) in charge is a different company.  It is Apple without Steve, Ford without Henry.

Wall Street says sell the rumor, buy the news.

All this negativity being said, yours truly will remain an investor in Tesla.  There is something different between me and most of you.  When I wake up, I give thanks to Our One True Leader.  Before I eat a meal, I thank Elon (Glory) for providing such a wonderful bounty to my table.  When my sisters marry, I sacrifice my youngest calf to the angelic engineers toiling away to bring the Gigafactory, our promised land, online. Indeed PRAISE FROM THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN TO ELON AND HIS TEAM.  This is what I call faith-based investing and as crazy as it sounds, and as much as it may offend your christian sensibilities, it is the only way one can invest in a company long term.

Think about it.  What is a company—is it a brand name? A logo?  The product?  The people who work there?  The customers?  A company, at best, it is a stack of papers—likely sitting in Delaware.  Can you touch Tesla?  No.  You can touch a Tesla Model 3 (if you find one, sure) but you cannot touch all that is Tesla.  It is intangible.  It exists only in the collective consciousness of humans.  We all agree it is something despite it being nothing at all.  How is that different from faith?  Therefore, one must truly believe in a company’s intentions, their core functions.  How they perceive the world and the footprint they intend to leave upon it, both physically and meta.

With my money, there is no entity in the world more pure than Tesla.  They are doing gods work.  They are not using their ideologies to claim land across the world (cough, cough, Christians, Muslims).  They are also better than any non-for-profit.  They are a for-profit (hallelujah) which means they will be forced to make smart decisions and constantly innovate and trim any fat off that develops over time, else crumble under their own weight (cough, cough, GENERAL MOTORS).

There is no better steward of the public’s money then Tesla, then Elon Musk (Praise and Glory to The Leader!)

Faith aside, if you are a fickle bull, especially one who purchased Tesla shares above $275 HEED MY WARNING.  A failed auction has occurred.  Watch the $367.35 level with burning eyes, heathen, for it will tell you if you are about to be proven wrong.  Should you be proven wrong your execution will be swift and humane, like the blade of a guillotine share prices will descend upon your margin account with the precision of a heavy knife.

But then again who am I?  Nobody.  That level could be blown up-and-through and we could be back to making record highs by the end of next week.  I have been wrong before and will be wrong again.  There has not been much discussion about Tesla in this small corner of the interweb because everything over $300 has made me a bit uneasy.  I did not want to jinx it.  However, it is my duty as an objective observer of auctions to inform you of the current failed auction environment we are swimming in.

Elonspeed mates, Elonspeed…

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Markets Running Hot: iBankCoin Labs Expects Smooth Sailing

Imagine looking into a machine and it showing you ten days into the future.  The only catch is a 12% probability that what you are seeing is not the outcome that will actually play out.

Many people cannot capitalize, even with such powerful machinery.  It is like you have the keys to a race car, but you don’t know how to drive a manual transmission.

The good scientists at iBankCoin always tell members of Exodus that if they can just consistently execute the hybrid overbought/oversold trades, then their returns will pay for the software many times over.  Then, they can use the rest of the tools as they gain more understanding of them.

We had a bullish signal 9 trading sessions ago.  Here is the performance since then:

In short, Exodus wins again.  As for next week, we have reasons to believe that a calm drift is in order, perhaps of the upward variety.  At least until Wednesday when we hear from the federal reserve.  That will dictate direction into the second half of the week.

In summary, we use the best instruments we have to attempt to look into the future.  You may call this foolish, and of course past performance is not indicative of future results, but we like using statistics to drive our decision process better then the other options out there (stars, moons, hearsay, etc).

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Signals Crossed; iBankCoin Goes ‘Hands Off’ into Next Week

Sometimes all the machinery looks like it is going haywire.  Dials are spinning every which way inside the boiler room of iBankCoin laboratory.

The bias model is signalling the short.  Exodus algorithms are signaling the long.  Next week is also that limbo period where the zombie September contract is still being traded alongside the now popular December contract.  This screws with the delta readings and volume studies which are vital to our trading process.

With all these complications, and with the humility to accept we have no edge, the good scientists are taking a ‘hands off’ approach to next week’s trade.

Let the institutions play head games with each other.  We shall reassess come next week.

Good luck to everyone being challenged by nature.  Whether by the fires out west of the hurricanes in the southeast.  Stay safe and live to fight another day.

Distinguished members of Exodus Market Intelligence, the 174th edition of Strategy Session is live.  Be sure to check out Section IV “The Week Ahead” where we cover a simple piece of context that will likely give us directional confirmation in the coming weeks.

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Reviewing August And How I Caught Two Huge NASDAQ Moves

August was my best month of the year.  The IndexModel inside Exodus was dialed into the action well, and I engaged two of the biggest rotations of the year with the help of my research.

Listen, the Sunday Strategy Session and morning trading report are designed for trading a hardcore time frame that most of you have no business working.  For you, buy-the-dip is a solid approach.  I need to be more specific with my actions because I want to be right, or know when I am wrong as soon as possible.  It also has to be repeatable and work in both directions (long/short).  I cannot be wrong because it feels wrong or some arbitrary gauge of sentiment.  That is why the Sunday forecast and morning hypotheses are so damn specific.

There is no voodoo.  The approach is mathematically driven.  How I create the statistics has been documentedA few times.  I play around with trader psychology via two characters that live inside my brain: a chief scientist and a crocodile.  The crocodile can flare up sometimes and act like a drunken primate—reacting to anti Elon Musk (all Praise and Glory to The Leader) sentiment by flinging fresh-pressed feces at the faces of unsuspecting journalists—but I continue to shape my base instinct to be more reptilian because they have existed much longer than mammals.

Below is a chart I marked up.  The pink shaded area shows when I issued a Rose Colored Sunglasses (RCS) short bias, the brown area Bunker Buster.  The fact that bunker buster was issued before North Korea lobbed a missile over Japan is merely coincidence.  What is not of coincidence are the specific words that helped clarify my statistical thoughts at pivotal moments in August.  One from the Strategy Session, the other from a blog post.  And a tweet.

I present this chart not as an ‘I told you so,’ or a ‘hey everyone come see how awesome I am’ but instead to show you that auction theory works.  And hopefully, if you are going down the dark and lonely road of becoming a consistent short term trader, that you will consider formulating your own objective methods of trading.

Here is how I nailed two of the biggest uni-directional rotations of the year, both of which occurred in August after what has been a relatively low-opportunity year.  BEHOLD:

Still here?  Great, then I shall keep going.  This stuff can seem complicated.  It makes sense that you may consider it voodoo or nonsense.  Believe me, simplicity is key in this game.  Like I said, I want my methods to be repeatable over-and-over.  I want them to work in multiple markets.  Say I wanted to try my hand at short-term trading Bitcoin.  I would do my best to source clean data that could be used to build market profile charts to decide which price levels I want to work with.  Then I would build a trading model to determine directional bias.  Then I would build a renko chart for risk management.  Then I would devote a seperate computer to trade execution using the best service possible for seeing short term order flow and trade execution.

I do not want to short-term trade bitcoin or any other blockchain.  I want to hold them forever and see what happens.

But perhaps one day I will sashay into a different market.  For now, the NASDAQ is good to me.  It offers tons of useful internals that help to objectively tell the story.

If you want to know more about auction theory, you can ask me a question in the comments below, DM me on Twitter @IndexModel.  If it sounds like we cannot effectively communicate online, we can set up 15 minutes on the phone.  I just hope to see more people liberated from other forms of market analysis.

August was the best month so far this year.  Here’s to carrying the heat into September, cheers!

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iBankCoin Laboratory Cautious Heading into End of August

Greetings from the bunker lads!

Last week was curious.  The selling Monday was dynamic and quickly discovered a responsive bid.  Tuesday was trend up across the board, and the rest of the week was spent consolidating inside the range of Tuesday’s trend.  Quietly and slowly, the Russell diverged higher.  That tells us risk appetite is alive and well.  And why wouldn’t it be?  Have you seen the blockchain markets?  Wealth is pouring in on all fronts.

Housing is up.  America is winning again. We are back to normal.  The neocons have forced our authoritarian leader to bend the knee and keep the perpetual war for heroin plants alive.  Floyd Mayweather wore a very ANTIFA outfit and punched the jaw off of that Irish brawler.  The antifascist movement is spreading across the country, ripping old and offensive relics out by their foundation and leaving in their wake cleaner more pure places for decentralization and mayhem to take root.

All of this good for yours truly, the old crocodile.  It sets up the type of situation where more confused meals fall into my puddle then WHAP!  Dinner is served.

The less primal, more kind and patient scientists at iBankCoin laboratory have spent the morning fiddling with the instruments inside Exodus.  And despite all the fanfare surrounding the stock market last week, and all the drunken shit posting bulls, they continue to suggest caution.  They expect a buyable dip to surface soon, but first they expect a bit of ultra-violence and speed to the downside.

Will it take shape?  As always, to be determined.  Several of the complications beneath the surface are bullish.  Rotations, contextual indices, breadth, algorithmic mojo, etc.  But the IndexModel is signalling bunker buster for a second consecutive week.

All this information, and MOAR, is covered extensively in the Exodus Strategy Session.  Today marks the 145th edition of the report, and it makes sense to give it a read, especially if you intend to close out August like a champion.

September starts sloppy, on a Friday, and everyone is about to be real serious come September.  Are you ready?


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