When Should I Get Back In?

Summary

  • Today is too early to get back in.
  • Monitor the various daily moving averages.
  • Wait until you are comfortable with the reliability of the data to get back in.

The whole economy has lots and lots of moving parts --- too many parts for anyone, even the professionals to predict what will happen.

The main moving parts, not only for the economy but also for each of the individual companies are:

  1. The Corona Virus
  2. The effect of the Stimulus Package
  3. How will stockholders view the company ?
  4. How cooperative will creditors and landlords be ?
  5. Have their suppliers survived ?
  6. Will their employees, especially their best ones come back to work or have they moved on ?
  7. Will their customers return ?
  8. Do their customers have the money to return ?
  9. Were they capitalized well enough to weather the storm ?
  10. How long will it take them to return to a positive cash flow ?
  11. How long will it take to make up all their previous losses after they reach a break-even point ?
  12. Can they become profitable again or will they eventually have to throw in the towel and close the doors for good ?

This is not an exhaustive list of all the factors but this list will definitely make or break individual companies.

Because of all these variables when I return to the market I will not be buying individual stocks for the first 6 months. I will buy broad Index ETFs and let the free market decide which companies will survive, which will have to close the doors and which will prosper.That will take some time.

Each day Barchart publishes on the  Stock Market Momentum & Daily Stock Activty page the following table:  

MARKET AVERAGE 

The percentage of stocks in BCMM above their individual Moving Average per period.

  5-Day MA 20-Day MA 50-Day MA 100-Day MA 150-Day MA 200-Day MA
Today 87.30% 15.18% 4.43% 5.64% 7.59% 8.52%
Yesterday 79.55% 9.38% 3.55% 4.97% 6.33% 7.43%
Last Week 15.21% 3.15% 2.59% 3.45% 4.73% 5.18%
Last Month 6.84% 12.99% 22.03% 33.29% 38.24% 40.86%
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