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In his Weekend Studying Notes to buyers, whereas commenting on the Massive Cash Index, Louis Navellier wrote:

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Yellow Site visitors Lights And Human Habits

Odd as it could appear, I feel yellow visitors lights sum up human habits completely. When lights at intersections rolled out in 1868, yellow wasn’t a part of the plan. In actual fact, yellow lights didn’t exist till 1920. A Detroit police officer named William Potts launched them to warn drivers of a coming crimson gentle.

Right here’s how the yellow warning gentle completely profiles our human nature: Most individuals’s eyes glaze over when confronted with calculating threat evaluation, however with regards to zipping by way of a yellow gentle, folks interact in fast and rigorous threat evaluation:

  • What number of automobiles are on the intersection?
  • Are they stopped?
  • Is it rush hour?
  • Are automobiles shortly coming from the perpendicular street?
  • Are there cops round?
  • How briskly am I going?
  • If I speed up, will I make it in time?
  • How late am I for my subsequent appointment?
  • Are there pedestrians current?

Then, most of us gun it anyway, and fly by way of, simply because it turns crimson. The satisfaction of surviving this journey, un-arrested, is simple.

Endurance In Investing Or Site visitors

However amongst buyers, threat evaluation tends to be much less rigorous. Most buyers let another person, their monetary advisor, drive. Hopefully, they choose secure drivers, particularly as they strategy some “deep amber” lights turning crimson.

Endurance would not come naturally for many of us whether or not it is visitors or investing.  We simply wish to get there now – or not less than as quick as potential. Endurance pays nice dividends… over time, after all

Like a lot in life, the older I get, the extra I understand that endurance is often the very best course. That’s why I dig deep into the info to provide me as clear an image as I can get. This course of leads me to “outlier” shares, the 4% of shares that account for 100% of the market’s positive factors over bonds for the final 100 years.

Typically when all is buzzing alongside, I deal with shares. Different instances I deal with the large image – the Massive Cash Index to be extra exact. Proper now, it’s rising, suggesting it may be price gunning by way of the yellow gentle the market is flashing.  

However does it, actually? Let’s see why the Massive Cash Index says shares are on the rise . . . and why this rise might proceed. 

30+ 12 months Chart Of The Massive Cash Index

Right here we discover a 30+ yr chart of the Massive Cash Index (BMI for brief). Naturally, it doesn’t inform us a lot at first look. And if I plot an index over it for 30 years, the time-frame is just too zoomed out to see something significant. In spite of everything, the S&P 500 rose over 1,000% (1,048%, to be exact) in that point.

So, I dug into the info, as a result of that’s what nerds do.


You don’t must do the mathematics. I did it for you.

What we will inform from that chart is that the BMI spent a overwhelming majority of its time within the center, between overbought and oversold. Out of seven,876 buying and selling days (31-¼ years) the BMI was overbought 1,565 days – or 20% of the time. The BMI was oversold for less than 292 days, or simply 3.7% of the time. These uncommon oversold cases are the golden tickets. That’s when you could put together to load up on outlier shares.

Now, again to my query: Simply because the BMI is rising, ought to we anticipate rising inventory costs? It is smart that we might, I imply, as huge cash rushes into shares, they need to go up on stability, proper?

What I discovered was fascinating:


For 31-¼ years (7,876 days), the BMI rose for 3,706 days. That’s lower than half the time, at 47%! However what’s eye catching is that on BMI up days, the S&P 500 additionally rose 67% of that time (2,474 days).

In distinction, the BMI fell 53% of the 31-year span (4,145 days). And on days the place it fell, the index fell with it for two,401 of these days or 58% of the time.

Quick ahead to 2021. Thus far, the BMI solely spent 25 of 67 days rising, or 37%.

Lastly, let’s bear in mind that the 31.25-year common for the BMI is 63%.

So the place are we?


This yr to date, the BMI is under common when it comes to time spent rising. However it’s rising now. And because it rises, we will anticipate practically 70% of the time that shares will rise too.

It is Time To Be Bullish

Now earlier than you skeptically inform me that “indexes often go up,” test this out. The S&P 500 index rose solely 53.5% of the time or 4,218 days of a potential 7,876. These are good odds for a on line casino, however hardly nice odds when assessing flying by way of a yellow gentle unhurt.

However a 70% likelihood that shares rise? These are nice odds out there. Proper now, the BMI says larger highs are coming. And my strategy is to search out the leaders – or outliers that do even higher than the market.

Nothing is definite, however utilizing BMI historical past as a information, it’s time to be bullish. The sunshine is popping inexperienced.

People threat life on a split-second likelihood test, however we will be paralyzed with regards to cash. It looks like our priorities with regards to cash could be to be affected person and purposeful and to prioritize.

As Stephen Covey put it, “The hot button is to not prioritize what’s in your schedule, however to schedule your priorities.”

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