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Have you ever been at a party where you just didn't like the food on offer? I know this sounds a little weird, but stick with me for a minute…
Back to that party – the conversation is okay, and maybe there are opportunities that may make the party worth hanging in there for… but you can't get the food out of your head. Nothing there is to your liking. And as far as I'm concerned, if there's one thing that can spoil a party, it's bad food.
So what do you do? You leave, of course.
Well, right now, the market's throwing a party with really cruddy food.
Whether it's the samplers of trade war rhetoric, the finger sandwiches of horrifying technical damage, or the open bar serving fresh yield curve inversion cocktails, none of it is appetizing right now.
Let's take a look at what's happening out there, whether we can expect the bulls to come back, or whether the bears will have the run of the place.
Either way, the trend is your friend, and there's plenty of money to be made…
About the Author
Chris Johnson is a highly regarded equity and options analyst who has spent much of his nearly 30-year market career designing and interpreting complex models to help investment firms transform millions of data points into impressive gains for clients.
At heart Chris is a quant - like the "rocket scientists" of investing - with a specialty in applying advanced mathematics like stochastic calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and statistics to Wall Street's data-rich environment.
He began building his proprietary models in 1998, analyzing about 2,000 records per day. Today, that database, which Chris designed and coded from scratch, analyzes a staggering 700,000 records per day. It's the secret behind his track record.
Chris holds degrees in finance, statistics, and accounting. He worked as a licensed broker for 11 years before taking on the role of Director of Quantitative Analysis at a big-name equity and options research firm for eight years. He recently served as Director of Research of a Cleveland-based investment firm responsible for hundreds of millions in AUM. He is also the Founder/CIO of ETF Advisory Research Partners since 2007, noted for its groundbreaking work in Behavioral Valuation systems. Their research is widely read by leaders in the RIA business.
Chris is ranked in the top 99.3% of financial bloggers and top 98.6% of overall experts by TipRanks, the track record registry of financial analysts dating back to January 2009.
He is a frequent commentator on financial markets for CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg TV, and CBS Radio and has been featured in Barron's, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, and numerous books.
Today, Chris is the editor of Night Trader and Strikepoint Trader and contributes to Money Morning as the Quant Analysis Specialist.