Quote of the Week

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” Winston Churchill

Tech Corner 

Last week was a terrible week for equities and some commodities with Energy being the exception. Fortunately, the markets are up big this Monday morning.

Last week we experienced what we call a “short term episodic non-trending volatility spike”. We were clearly on the wrong side of that move in volatility and price.

Last week started off with a good move up on Monday setting a new high for the S&P 500 and our investment model. Most equity and commodity prices were near or at the top end of their trading ranges and the markets were clearly overbought and primed for a pull back. From the all-time high of Monday, the market pulled back about 1% through Thursday. Then on Friday morning Federal Reserve (Fed) Governor Bullard came on CNBC and stated the Fed would be expected to tighten monetary policy earlier than previously stated due to the recent spike in inflation. The market crashed immediately.

The market analysis that we use through our data vendor relies on three factors to determine how we are positioned. The three factors are Price, Volume, and Volatility with Volatility being the most important. If Volatility is declining that is good for the markets. If it is increasing that is generally bad for the markets. Please see the Hedgeye Security Risk Management Process below.

With Governor Bullard saying what he said and the fact that Friday was options expiration day, the Volatility on the S&P 500 spiked from around 14 up to around 20. That is a 34% increase in Volatility which is very rare in one day. As you can see in the Risk Management Model we were clearly in column “one” with Price going down, Volume going up, and Volatility going way up on a one-day basis. Friday was a bad combination of bad factors coming together all at once.

As stated above we believe that last week was a “short term episodic non-trending volatility spike”. We are maintaining our current positioning in the equity and commodities markets. The intermediate trends where we invest are still strong and Friday’s market drop was more of a buying opportunity instead of a pre-cursor to a market decline.

Please understand our system doesn’t predict where the markets are headed. Our system invests your money based on what the markets are doing right now. When the factors change, we will change our investment allocation accordingly.

Sue’s Thoughts

My son just bought a new car and the following article from ADOT had timely information.  Here’s the link:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/AZDOT/bulletins/2da5806

Selling a car? Protect yourself and complete a ‘sold notice’

PHOENIX – Thinking of selling or trading in your car? After agreeing to a price, one of the most important things a seller can do is complete a “sold notice” with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

Wait. What’s a “sold notice” and why is it important?

A “sold notice” ensures that MVD and law enforcement have a record of the vehicle’s current owner. This can protect the seller from liability if the car is involved in a crash or crime, is ticketed, or becomes abandoned, which carries a hefty fee. There is no cost to complete a “sold notice” and it can be done online at AZMVDNow.gov.

Submitting a “sold notice” is easy. Simply, log-in to your account at AZMVDNow.gov and:

  • Click on “submit a sold notice”
  • Select the vehicle you’ve sold
  • Enter the buyer’s information
  • Enter the date the vehicle was sold

Additional steps to follow when selling or trading in a car include removing the license plate and transferring the title to the buyer.

It’s a free service and can be done at AZMVDNow.gov

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