Evidence Based Research

Evidence Based Research

Posted on March 30, 2015

Canterbury Portfolio Thermostat™
Weekly Update 

Market State 2 (MS 2 in place over the last 4 trading days): Long-term (Bullish) Short-term (Bullish). The S&P 500 declined -2.2% last week and is currently off -2.7% from its March 2nd high. The Russell 2000 was down -2.0% last week. A bull market “pullback” is defined as a -5% decline from the peak value and a “correction” is a -10% decline from the high.


The current S&P 500’s -2.7% decline, from the peak, would count as about a half of a normal “pullback.” Bull market “pullbacks” and “corrections” are part of the normal ebb-and-flow process as the market works its way higher.


Canterbury Volatility Index (CVI): CVI 66 - The CVI remained stable and actually decreased 1 point for the week (insignificant). Stable volatility is a primary bullish characteristic.

A volatility reading of CVI 75 or lower is considered to be a safe zone (Bullish).

Canterbury Overbought/Oversold indicator finished the week at 85% Oversold (90% reading, or higher, would represent an “extremely oversold environment - Bullish). Last week’s market pullback helped improve this indicator by 8 points from the previous week’s update.


Market Commentary:

Market behavior would be easier to understand and manage if bull markets only went up and bear markets always declined. In a perfect world, there would be no wild market whipsaws, no one step backwards for every two steps forward and no worrying about every bull market pullback or correction turning into the next devastating bear. Unfortunately, that is not how markets work.


Markets and securities prices are driven by the Law of Supply and Demand. Therefore, pricing will always be variable. For the most part, market value prices will wander in a sideways trading range. In other words, markets spend a great deal of time churning within a 5% or 10% trading range. This “market noise” is just part of the nature of liquid markets and has no meaningful impact on long term returns.

Canterbury Investment Management: Tom Hardin

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