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August 4, 2022 | Bear Market Update

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel (www.venablepark.com) Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog: www.jugglingdynamite.com

As of yesterday’s close, the economically sensitive small-cap Russell 2000 index had bounced 15% from June 12 and remained -22% from its October 21, 2021 high. The tech-heavy Nasdaq had rallied 19% since June 16 and remained -21% since November. Canada’s resource and bank-heavy TSX was +7% since July 14’s low and -11% from its March 30 peak.

With Nasdaq 100 net speculative long positions (CME futures and options) back to the year’s highs (Rosenberg Research), a lot of speculative short trades have covered, and the latest bounce is running out of buyers once more (as highlighted below from my partner Cory Venable).

The widely-benchmarked S&P 500 was +10% from June and -13% from its January 3rd peak. The bounce since June 16 achieved the 4155 level that Cory had defined as a potential failure area for this latest bear market rally (shown below).

Meanwhile, central banks are tightening, and the macro backdrop is deteriorating at an accelerating pace with negative momentum in home sales, housing starts, prices paid, corporate revenue, earnings, GDP, commodity demand, hours worked, job cuts and financial liquidity worldwide. Capital defence remains the dominant objective. As shown below in gold, courtesy of MacroAlf, the global record low in consumer confidence since 1985 suggests that stocks should dramatically underperform bonds over the next 12 months (green line).

And then, there’s the Metaverse shitshow mess…hard to overstate the madness that was.

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August 4th, 2022

Posted In: Juggling Dynamite

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