September 2008 – T Theory® Update

Theory Observations for September 2008

During September I will post weekly Monday morning comments concerning the Daily Short Range T chart as usual. Please read the important new Study below which described my most important discovery of a 40 Year Cycle. This cycle will have a very profound impact on the markets trend going into late this year and a 2010 major low.  Download this two page study in PDF format.


Update for September 29  

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I think it is negative for the market that trading  range remains beneath the black 55 Day MA at mid channel. As long as this persists, the cycle projections of a low around mid October and late November look OK to me.

Clues to this roadmap will be seen in three responses to news events over the next 2 months. Next week we should see the market’s reaction to the bailout proposal. In mid October the market will be reacting to the new flow of earnings reports. And  through most of November the market will be reacting to the new President and his plans. Should make for an interesting period.

Finally, I will post a summary of bear/bull markets since 1929 around Oct 2 to start off the new month.

Update for September 22  

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Last week we saw the first concrete verification that my 40 year cycle had materialized in the eyes of the financial community. Now that it is a real threat I would first point out it can not be defeated by gimmicks such as the Paulson Plan, currently to  have the US Gov’t buy up 700 Billion dollars to prevent a 1930s type of meltdown at the cost raising the the Federal debt to 11.3 Trillion.  In practical terms the 40 year cycle a correction phase, lasting a couple of years, is for all the excesses built up in 1974 to 2007  bull market and as such cannot be defeated by short term accounting gimmicks. Either more marginal securities will become toxic to the system or the Gov’t debt will grow to the point that questions will be raised as to whether the US dollar is worth anything.

Of course there is nothing that says  this plan will not be adopted or that investors will not become even more enthused of prospects that they will be bailed out of defaulting securities. However we do have the tools in the daily chart to continue the forecast. It would be better for me to have a few more days of data  so as to resolve some of the envelope channel fine points, but I think I can cover the alternatives  right now, and guess at the outcome. If need be, I will post an update later in the week.

Starting from the S&P peak in early August, recall my Envelope Theory specifically requires that any move of consequence  must travel the full distance from mid channel (the black line)  all the way either up or down to the colored edges of the envelopes, recently about a 5% move. Furthermore  at mid channel this decision must be made fairly quickly because history shows it is an unstable  point for the S&P. An example  occurred in December 2007. The twin peaks separated by about 9 days just above the black line in December are comparable to the recent twin peaks in August. For simplicity sake let us say the market didn’t like the outlook and took the downside alternative and met its quantum jump requirement that I discovered  by moving well below the minimum target of the Green line now 1195 as listed  in the table. The green line is a stable point during any bear market trend so continued weakness into the mid October low would have been the normal outcome.

Once the sharp rally began these same set of envelope rules require a minimum rise to the 55 day MA listed now at 1270 vs Friday’s close of 1255, all cash prices. In general if the optimism continues this week  we will be back to the August situation where we will have to evaluate the possible outcomes of either a run up to the red dashed  line currently 1345 or back down to the green dashed line. Right now it is best to let the market sort out the S&P trading pattern around the 55 day MA. Usually the outcome becomes obvious in a short period of time  but if not, I will post and update.

Update for September 15  

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All T Theory projections for the current period are expired as noted in last week’s update and I now expect the S&P to fall below the Support? level defined by the July lows. The near term downside projections  for the continuation of the bear market which began from my Advance-Decline T projection of a major peak in Fall 2007 is assumed to be fueled by the 40 Year cycle (summarized in the September topic above) and look to have new shorter term cyclical lows that might  appear in the mid October and late November period. In this report I will concentrate on some aspects of cycle theory as laid out by J.M. Hurst in his 1970 book Profit Magic of Stock Transaction Timing which I obtained  from Traders Press, Inc Greenville, South Carolina many years ago. It is worth reading for its specific insights that I will discuss below.

Hurst reached two conclusions that have greatly influenced my work as I have moved beyond the simple time symmetry of the T into more complex patterns. His most important contribution was the complex price vs time patterns were  composed of different cycles having different time spans and each time span had a separate amplitude, but in general, longer term cycles had larger amplitudes, and therefore were more forceful when they arrived. This characteristic which he felt was fundamental is called the “amplitude-duration relationship” and has great implications at the highest level of investment forecasting. For example if you view the present status of the mortgage related financial crisis as very very important, and you are looking for a cycle related explanation, then the cycle explanation must be of very very long duration. This conclusion led me to investigate very very long cycles and therefore pushed me towards he eventual discovery of the 40 year cycle which represents a completely new discovery.

Hurst’s second important contribution to my work was the insight that cycles are most easily seen by enclosing their price fluctuation through time within constant vertical price width envelopes much as I have done in my chart. I would never have thought that trends were contained within envelopes until he proposed it as a fundamental property of the “amplitude-duration relationship”. This led to my most recent discovery that, while the daily price progressions within the red/green envelopes is statistically distributed to a normal degree, the key turning points for trends is “quantized” to one of the three specific price levels in the chart. Turning points can only occur at the three levels defined by my proprietary envelopes; the upper red dashed line as per mid May 08 , the lower green dashed line as per  July 08 or at the mid channel line as per this August. In certain extreme cases such as  9/11 the trends will over run the envelope characteristics but within a few weeks the adaptation that I have built into the equations will restabilize the conclusions. In particular if the Support? level is broken and a sharp decline results near term, these channels will begin to adapt to the continuation of the bear market and the envelope rules for rallies will be maintained by the modified channel envelopes.

Additionally Hurst provides guidance as to why there are two cyclical patterns, the simple one of Red Lows spaced about 15 weeks apart, and a longer cycle  with blue lows spaced about 23 weeks apart. At first glance the simplest pattern of lows was seen to be the red Lows because they are more numerous and the Low pattern appears to be quite precise. I asked Chappy, friend of some 30 years if he felt the 15 week cycle in my chart was real and accurate. He said yes it is accurate and there will be a mid October low as a result. Then I asked my equally good friend of 30 years, Bob, what he thought from his work.  Bob said he didn’t see an October low, instead he saw a late November low.  The resolution of this conflict using Hurst principles can be seen by close observation of the 15 week cycle low in Red. It clearly defines the lows at 15 week interval quite precisely but the January 08 sharp decline falls mid way in the 15 week cycle which suggests the presence of a longer cycle with a key low in January. Because the January 08 drop in the S&P is the most sever in amplitude, Hurst’s “amplitude-duration relationship”suggests that low must be the product of a cycle longer in duration than the 15 week cycle. The simplest alternate cycle is the Aug 07 to Jan 08 sequence which defines the 23 week cycle in blue. Note these two cycles  become coincident at the July low making it very deep. This implies that a 46 week cycle  is also present.

In summary then we have identified what seem to be repetitive cycles of approximately 15, 23 and 46 weeks duration in addition to the standard 4 year cycle and my newly discovered 40 year cycle. Of all these cycles the 15 week and the 40 year cycle are probably most significant for the next few weeks. The 15 week cycle is about at its mid-point so it is turning down and the 40 year cycle is already  in its destructive mode. So over the next few weeks the S&P will easily take out the sketched in Support? then press the S&P into the green dashed line going into mid October before seeing any relief. But even then, any rally will only last a couple of weeks as the stronger 23 week cycle re-captures the downside into late November.

In my next report we can start a refinement of the basic outline.

Update for September 8  

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Last week the market discovered the 112 Day Big T calling for the August peak was “real”.

Over the next few week we need find out whether the 40 Year cycle is real enough to push the S&P below the Critical  support level marked by the July low.

A breakdown would confirm the 40 Year Cycle continues to maintained its once in a lifetime control and the bear market will continue. Update: a small T in the July low calls for a peak around Sept 11

Update for September 1  

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My T Theory forecast remains unchanged from last week.  The 55 Day MA (the black line at 1293) should be strong enough resistance to halt Wall Street’s current infatuation with the bullish case. It is OK for a brief upside penetration of the 1293 level to occur but the market is constrained by my envelope theory only to  make quantum jumps from the 55 Day MA,  either to the upper red channel envelope or down to the lower green envelope( i.e. jumps of plus or minus 5%) No other moves or fractional jumps in the S&P  are allowed.

You may be thinking that the mid May peak to the July low could represent a cash buildup that defines the left side a T which by the usual rules calls for continued strength into September. This may work out OK but I have learned the hard way that the big T shown here is more reliable. We will see how it turns out.


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