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11 February 2021
Video commentary for February 10th 2021
Eoin Treacy’s view
A link to today’s video commentary is posted in the Subscriber’s Area.
Some of the topics discussed include: yield curve spread discussion and what that means for the outlook for liquidity and the trends evident across assets.
Email of the day on the Chart Library Performance Filter
In response to the new subscriber who voiced frustration, I offer these comments.
As a long-term subscriber (and investor for several decades) I have found Eoin’s ‘big picture’ view very helpful and accurate over the years.
From my own study and experience, I have learned that one needs to have 2 factors in mind all the time:
1. What are the likely drivers of money flow into particular asset classes
2. Is that expectation actually being reflected in sector performance
The gains in our investments are determined much more by the sectors we choose than the individual shares. Some people say ‘90% performance depends on sector choice’. There’s a lot of truth in that, and Eoin constantly points to the interesting sectors. So, I rank sectors each month. That is my primary focus. The chart library offers a great way to do that via the tab ‘filter’ / ‘performance filter’. It’s super-fast once we have set up a list of sector indices in our Favourites. I know no better way to do it and I can only be grateful to Eoin for the way he redesigned the chart library some years ago (and lot of effort and cost).
I then find the best performing shares in the top ranked sectors of interest and record their performance at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. If the numbers are increasing steadily across those time periods it identifies a strong trend. If the 1 month and 3-month performance is higher than 6 months and 12 months it identifies a possible breakout. I then check the steadiness of the chart patterns and the rate of gain (>30% annualised) before finally deciding whether to be interested.
Then I spread my investments across at least 4 of the best performing sectors, preferably as uncorrelated as possible,
That way I have beaten 99% of funds and most indices most years.
As Eoin states, private investors have a huge advantage over fund managers. We can increase cash – even to 100% at times – and avoid big falls in our portfolio value.
We have to be very analytical and unemotional. It feels hard to buy shares at the time that it’s best to buy. I find that having a rule-based system has served me well. We all have to develop our own rules though, for three reasons.
First, we are all different, and someone else’s investment style will not work for us.
Second, we will never have sufficient confidence in someone else’s rules. Third, we will only learn and improve based on our mistakes if we develop our own methods.
I hope this helps new investors and new subscribers to Eoin’s wonderful service.
Eoin Treacy’s view
Thanks for this generous exposition of your method which will be of interest to the Collective. I created the Performance filter so it would easy to rank asset classes. For the much of the last few years investors have not been under pressure to actively manage their exposures. The strength of the Dollar and the technology sector have blown just about everything else away in terms of their performance. As the Dollar’s trend reverses, finding the best asset classes to be in, on an international basis will return to importance for investors.
Here is a video of how to create sections in your Favourites and how to use the Performance Filter.
In the video I created a list of asset classes which I believe is reasonably reflective of the global investment picture. If subscribers would like me to add additional asset classes that should not be a problem, provided we have them in the Chart Library.
Email of the day on speedy market moves
Part of my frustration is that in this current market where momentum is so strong, one doesn’t even have time to take aim before these stocks race to new highs on a seemingly daily basis. I think it was late January when you highlighted (I believe for the first time), the breakouts in the 3D printing stocks after many years of base formation. Well today XONE had nearby tripled since then and DDD was up some 60%. It’s been the same with so many single stock names.
Eoin Treacy’s view
Thanks for this feedback. I agree the markets are moving extremely quickly and that it is not something many people are accustomed to dealing with. The reality is that with zero interest rates and abundant credit sloshing around, investors are being forced to speculate. For seasoned individuals who are not accustomed to seeing a good year’s performance returned in a month this is a very unsettling time. Meanwhile neophytes are being attracted, as they always are, by the promise of outside returns with little to work, insight, research or experience. In a bubble market all you need to do is be there.
Email of the day on choosing what to write about
Prompted by a recent subscriber’s comment I would just like to mention that I have been a subscriber for many years and can happily say that I have always considered it money well spent. I read and listen to your market commentary most days and very much appreciate your calm insight and intuitive free thinking. I find your choice of topic and charts chosen on any particular day, to be more powerful for the very reason they are your choice of topic and charts chosen for that particular day. Please keep up the great work. Wishing you and your family the very best.
Eoin Treacy’s view
Thank you for your generous feedback. David often described our role as that of behavioural naturalists. We try to observe the crowd by daring to stick our head above the melee to see whether there is an approaching precipice or a source of fresh fuel to rekindle animal spirits. As I monitor markets on a day-to-day basis, there are times I feel like a surfer on the wave of crowd psychology. From that perspective the biggest waves are found closer to shore.
Eoin’s personal portfolio – stop triggered on hedge position
Eoin Treacy’s view
One of the most commonly asked questions by subscribers is how to find details of my open traders. In an effort to make it easier I will simply repost the latest summary daily until there is a change.
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