I expect to reduce some equity exposure based on seasonality trends in the next 1-2 weeks. However, that selling process will be limited to 10-15% of the equities we hold within the ValueTrend Equity Platform. A more serious sell signal is my hard and fast sell rule of “a lower low and break of the 200 day SMA”. This is something that I have discussed numerous times on this blog , and in one of my Investors Digest articles here.
What I’m trying to show you here is I have provided you, the good readership, with many sources to understand how you can create a disciplined methodology of selling. So there’s no excuse if the proverbial poop hits the fan on this market…right? You know what to do!
Let’s take a look at a short termed S&P chart and see what it will take for us to execute a significant sell strategy on our portfolios. As a quick review….My BUY and SELL rules on this weekly chart are simply:
- SELL if the last peak AND last trough are lower than the prior peaks & troughs AND there is a break below the 200 day SMA—and this condition remains in place for at least 3 days—bare minimum.
- BUY if the last peak AND the last trough is higher than the prior peak & trough AND the market moves above its 200 day SMA. Again—you need to see the break last for 3+ days.
Simple is beautiful, isn’t it?!
And now…the chart!
The current chart illustrates BUY and SELL signals for the past few years using the above rules. It shows us that, right now, the S&P is (barely) over its 200 day SMA – which stands at just over 2600 as I write. The price of the S&P has, since February, put in lower peaks BUT not lower troughs. The last trough in early April roughly met the February low—which stands at around 2580. So – no lower trough, no break in the 200 day SMA. Thus, we hold.
This ain’t rocket surgery, folks…
I will sell if the S&P 500 moves below its 200 day SMA AND takes out the 2580 level and that condition lasts for 3+ days.
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