Guest Post by Mark Galasiewski
We have for many years observed a relationship between extremism and bear markets in the stock markets of Muslim nations. For example, this chart shows the deadliest Islamic terrorist attacks graphed against the MSCI Emerging Markets Index since the start of the index on December 31, 1987. Notice that many the attacks occurred near lows in the index.
While the EM’s still look okay by daily chart (series of higher highs and higher lows) they are starting to break down in SPY units (bottom panel). It looks like a little bear flag formed at the SMA 50. Those rooting against the US but cheering for other areas may be disappointed.
Here is a bigger picture view like those NFTRH has been following for months now. There is a lot of resistance up there.
Guest Post by Elliott Wave International
Why the Nifty and many other emerging market stocks screamed “Buy!” three months ago
From Elliott Wave International’s February Asian-Pacific Financial Forecast (published Feb. 7):
…Bloomberg reports that “more than $7 billion flowed from ETFs investing in developing-nation assets in January, the most since the securities were created.” Such massive selling…supports our view that emerging markets are ending large-degree three-wave declines.
Conventional observers are asking the question, “Is this 1997 all over again?” (The Economist)
The way we see it, the return of such headlines in January supports another significant low now — from a contrarian perspective.
There has been a shift underway (improbably against a stronger US dollar and muted inflation concerns) in the Emerging Markets vs. the US stock market. The top panel shows the Emerging Markets ETF breaking out on a daily chart. In the lower panel is EEM vs. SPY for reference. The ratio has done this before in its bear market, but there it is anyway.
I am fiddling around with chart styles as I am getting a little bored with the plain white ones lately.
With reference to an earlier public post showing the EEM breakout today, you may recall that I use EMF for Emerging Market investment and TDF for China/Asia. Both are managed by Marc Mobius of Templeton.
I was short the EM’s but botched up the trade on a whipsaw just before EEM broke support for good. Hey, it happens. When EEM hit the measured target of 37 I took a long trade on the EMF fund. A modest profit was taken there, and per an NFTRH update yesterday I took a new bear position (EEV) at the high (on EEM, low on EEV). Risk on the trade is controlled by the respective resistance and support lines.
Guest Post by Doug Noland
The evolving EM crisis took a turn for the worse.
Backdrops conductive to crises can drag on for so long – sometimes seemingly forever – as if they’re moving in ultra-slow motion. Invariably, they lull most to sleep. Better yet, such environments even work to embolden the optimists. This is especially the case when policy measures are aggressively employed along the way, repeatedly holding the forces of crisis at bay. In the face of mounting risk, heightened risk-taking and leveraging often work only to exacerbate underlying fragilities. But eventually a critical juncture arrives where newfound momentum has things unwinding at a more frenetic pace. It is the nature of such things that most everyone gets caught totally unprepared.