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Why I am Planning to Liquidate my Full Portfolio of Singapore Stocks

Announcement: I will be taking a long break to focus on my trading and coaching of existing students (as well as several new exciting projects), but before that I will be conducting one last session of the “Trading Foundation workshop” on 18 May 2017 and the last run this quarter of the “Trading Mastery Program” on 27 & 28 May 2017.


It has been a while since my last update on the Singapore markets (as well as my SG portfolio holdings), largely because the market doesn’t move much, so I only check on them once in a while.

Interestingly, I noticed that the STI has had an impressive run, coming off a low of 25xx to break past the 3000 level in the past few months. However, is this move sustainable?

Taking a closer look at this weekly chart which shows the historical prices over the last 20 years or so, one thing which stands out is that the market has been in a 7 YEAR sideways stagnation.

If we look back at the whole history of the index, this is somewhat unprecedented.

Which could explain why popularity in this market (as well as trading volumes) has been waning. In short, it does seem like a dying market.

Not to mention that during this same time period, the US stock markets have been steadily creeping up.

If we look at the most recent red shaded circle, that is where the current price is, and it seems to be running into massive headwinds. This means that the potential upside could be quite limited.

If we observe the large sideways range that prices have been moving in, the price is now at the top of the range. And we know that the best strategy in a range is to “buy low, sell high”, which means that the odds do not favour much more upside, unless there is some new strong positive price catalyst.

However, a cursory glance at recent news headlines seems to be painting a rather gloomy picture, with muted growth forecasts and ominous employment statistics. This tell me that downside catalysts are more likely that upside ones. In other words, there is more chance of a negative shock rather than a positive shock for prices.

In light of all these factors, I am planning to cash out most or all of my profits, and wait for more favourable odds to redeploy my capital. As a trader and investor, timing is always key.

Good luck, and trade wisely! 😀

P.S. I will be taking a long break to focus on my trading and coaching of existing students (as well as several new exciting projects), but before that I will be conducting one last session of the “Trading Foundation workshop” on 18 May 2017 and the last run this quarter of the “Trading Mastery Program” on 27 & 28 May 2017.

A Comprehensive Review of 2016: The Ups & Downs of the Singapore Stock Market

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Here’s what the STI looked like from 2014-2016. I’ve only put in one indicator, an exponential moving average, to show the general direction of the market. The huge move was somewhat like a freak rollercoaster ride, while the year 2016 has been a whirlwind of sideways price action.

aThe Straits Times Index, from 2014 to 2016; what a ride it has been!
Source: Chartnexus

The market isn’t exactly bullish, and it has been rather undecided in 2016. The huge fall that you see in the chart above was started by the sell-off in the Chinese market in Aug 2015:

dowNews headlines in Aug 2015 struck panic in investors worldwide.
Source: CNN Money

Ever since that crash, the STI has been struggling to find its footing over the next 16 months. It’s been interesting to look at how different people have predicted what would happen to the STI,

Tradingeconomics.com provides this image (below) as a prediction to the state of the STI. They are projected using an “autoregressive integrated moving average” (ARIMA) model, as mentioned in their website. This gives a range of values that the STI is likely to fluctuate within.

waveThe econometric model shows a bear market has started to develop.
Source: TradingEconomics.com

This is rather depressing considering that the Dow and S&P have hit new highs, with some even calling for “Dow 20,000”.

Another website forecasts a measured move fall in the STI. Referring to the diagram below, this means that the stock market will fall by the distance of the red arrow, producing two red arrows of the same length, just as it has done so for the bull run, producing two blue arrows.

redThis particular prediction for 2016 was accurate; the STI moved a lot lower than where it was in this chart.
Source: AmiBrokerAcademy.com

After falling by a measured move, the STI climbed slowly and went nowhere in 2016. The year was marked by uncertainty, binary events, political shuffles and record lows/highs on many financial instruments.

 

THE YEAR 2016 IN REVIEW: A SHAKY START IN JANUARY

January started quite poorly for the STI, falling 6.4% from Dec 31 to Jan 30, 2016. Total market capitalization was $804.9 billion, down from $856.4 billion on Dec 31, and investors were worried about the January barometer coming to pass.

3 companies were listed on the Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange, but it did little to bring the market cap higher.

Strong blue-chip companies like Prudential, DBS, and Keppel, were down -14.1%, -15.8%, and -22.9% respectively for the month of January.

In the chart below, the last candlestick is the 1st of February. That was how the charts looked at that point in time!

downThings weren’t looking that good at the start of 2016.
Source: Chartnexus

A ROUGH MID-YEAR: VOLATILITY IN APRIL

April was characterized by wide swings in either direction, and intraday volatility for all 30 STI stocks was at 36%.

Three stocks were in focus at that point in time: they had an annualized intraday volatility of 68%, compared with the average of 36%. They were Noble Group, Golden-Agri Resources, and Thai Beverage PCL. 

Subsequently, Noble went on to experience a shocking -55.8% free-fall in the next 4 months, Golden-Agri fell -15.4% before recovering back to its original price at end-April, while ThaiBev experienced a shocking +42% bull run in the next few months.

thaiThaiBev experienced a spectacular bull-run after our stock screener picked out hidden buying in April. 
Source: Chartnexus

 

JULY 14th – 5.5 HOUR TRADING HALT ON SGX

On 14th July 2016, the SGX experienced it’s longest trading disruption ever. Trading was halted just before noon stayed shut for the rest of the day. Apparently, trade confirmation messages were duplicated and posed a serious systematic risk to the SGX.

In an update to reporters, confirmed that executions were back to normal and said the market come back up by 4pm, however, it retracted its previous statement and said the market would be closed for the rest of the day, and it wasn’t clear then whether the market would open. The green arrow in the picture below shows the day that this happened.

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The trading halt was a mere blip on the chart; the market ended +0.7% after the problem was resolved.
Source: Chartnexus, Straits Times

The markets seem unaffected, and subsequently went into a 3-month yo-yo about the trading range during that time. It was particularly difficult to trade because there wasn’t a clear trend in sight.

Swing traders (those who hold a trade to ride a trend) were particularly hit by this period. Their trades would have been stopped out easily, and new entries were psychologically difficult to take. The confusion kept these traders aside, and intra-day traders prospered during this period.

NOVEMBER 2016: BREAKOUT AND A NEW BULL RUN?

2016The STI broke out of a classic wedge pattern, and is currently testing the prior highs in July.
Source: Chartnexus (Chart correct as at 15 Dec 2016)

After a couple of months of going nowhere, the STI looks like it has made a resolution to go higher, but it has paused near the prior resistance level. It could find support at the EMA, but we’ll have to look for more price action to make a high-probability trade.

The STI is still positive for the year, and those who bought the STI had to sit out a rather uneventful 2016. The big wins came from stock speculators getting involved in superstar stocks like CityNeon (up >500% for the year), China Aviation (up >100% for the year).

2016 IN SUMMARY: A SIDEWAYS MARKET WITH MANY SURPRISES

In January 2016, a senior investment strategist at OCBC stated that the market volatility “will cause your stomach to churn, but it may not be enough to cause you to lose your job or wipe out your investment. (China) will cause volatility, but not enough to create mayhem”. The market at the start of the year was still reeling from the spectacular crash of the Shanghai stock market. This time, amidst a post-Brexit world, populist political climate, and a recent U.S Federal Reserve rate hike, it makes sense to think the year wouldn’t start with a bang.

There is a saying that “the market tends to be 6 months ahead of the economy”. If this were true, we should see economic indicators picking up, as it already had in the U.S with better employment figures. Let’s see how 2017 will begin!

Cheers! 😀

REFERENCES & RESEARCH SOURCES:

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/singapore/stock-market/forecast
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/good-chance-of-sti-rebound-in-2016-ocbc
amibrokeracademy.com/amibroker/straits-times-index-prediction-for-2016/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/sgx-halts-trading-in/2956382.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/sgx-says-securities-market-to-open-per-normal-on-friday
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/sgxs-longest-trading-halt-raises-concern
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/value-of-singapore-stocks-down-64-in-jan
http://sbr.com.sg/stocks/news/here-are-three-most-volatile-sti-stocks-in-april

How Will Brexit Affect the Various Markets?

Last week, there was much turmoil and excitement in the market. Fortunes were made and lost. And many markets spiked strongly, hitting record new highs or lows.

The pound has crashed more than 12%.

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Gold rose more than 5% in a day:

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And Oil has started to tip under the 20-EMA (daily chart):

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The ASOS site crashed as too many shoppers started to buy on the cheap pound.a

Fox news network wrongly reports that the UK has left the United Nations:

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It seems that almost anything that deals in pounds or derives revenues from the UK is at risk of being dumped. For example, Comfortdelgro runs bus and taxi services in the UK, deriving more than 20% of its operating profit there.

The STI has rolled over on the daily chart, and is convincingly under the 20-EMA.
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But on the multi-year chart, if we zoom out a lot we see it has quite a bit of room to move down before it can be considered a bargain buy. I’ve talked about it in my previous workshops, when I showcase my 30-year forecasting chart for long-term investors.

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There’s a lot of talk about the Brexit being a financial snowball that will end in financial mayhem. There are also people on the internet talking about a huge correction in real estate prices in Singapore:

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Overall, I’m glad I stayed out of the Brexit and closed all my positions prior to the Brexit (last wednesday!). Having announced it on my private “live” chat to my program graduates, I sat back and calmly watched the world burn. Just kidding! 😀

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What’s clear to me is that although the charts look a little ugly at the moment, the STI is still not undervalued.

For example, China Aviation still remains sky high, after having taken profit on a 5.83 R/R trade (meaning I made 5.8 times of what I risked for the trade):

Here’s the screengrab of when I took the trade,

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And where it ended up last Friday. Looks like a really nice bounce setup but that’s for another time.

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For now, since most charts are kind of messy and prices and in the middle of the spike range, I will be focusing more in intraday scalping trades to have consistent income even during such volatile times.

This is a defensive play, so instead of going for big wins, I am going for many small wins instead. Good luck!

 

Sources:
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/Trump-and-4-Other-Crazy-Things-That-Happened-over-Brexit-20160624-0026.html
http://sbr.com.sg/residential-property/in-focus/here%E2%80%99s-why-brexit-bad-news-singapore-property

Back from my Holidays – Made a Killing in STI, Oil & AUD/USD! $$$

I’m finally back from my holiday! 😀

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Before leaving for my holidays last week, I conducted a monthly workshop, where I shared some of the best trading opportunities for the week that I would be away.

Some of them included going long on the STI (Stratits Times Index), going long on Crude Oil, and going long on the AUD/USD.

 

DAILY TRADE ALERTS:

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GOING LONG ON THE STRAITS TIMES INDEX (STI)

Amazingly, we managed to go long on the STI at the exact turning point, and almost immediately, the STI rocketed 75 points within the next few days. How did we managed to spot the turning point with such uncanny precision?

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GOING LONG ON CRUDE OIL

Crude oil prices soared on hopes of the talks, and applying the “buy on rumour, sell on news” principle, we managed to take our profits near the high before the talks. Eventually, the talks did not turn out well and prices gapped down.

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LONG POSITION ON AUD/USD

We are still holding onto this position to ride it for a larger profit. 😀

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HOW DID I MANAGE TO DO IT??!??!

If you would like to find out how I manage to make money consistently from the markets with 15 minutes a day using just my mobile phone from anywhere in the world, join me for a free training workshop next week: http://synapsetrading.com/events/training-workshops/

See you there! 😀

Straits Times Index: Entering the RED ZONE – where is the bottom?

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As early as August last year (2015), which was the time I went for my one month tour in USA/Mexico/Cuba, the STI Index entered the dangerous RED ZONE, which signified a change in its long-term trend.

This was one of the major warning signs and red flags which made me liquidate almost all my long positions.
http://synapsetrading.com/2015/08/im-back-from-one-month-of-travelling-exciting-times-ahead/

At the end of last year, I also prepared a long-term chart to study the 30-year trend of the STI, so as to pin-point a possible buying point near the market low. Since then, the STI has dropped alsmost 1000 points from the peak.
http://synapsetrading.com/2015/12/all-you-need-to-know-to-become-a-successful-investor-in-the-singapore-stock-market-summarized-in-this-one-chart/

WE ARE CURRENTLY AT A MAJOR SUPPORT LEVEL

Currently, the STI is at hovering near the 25xx level, and the major support level is around 2500-2520.

The STI is consolidating around that level, and it is does manage to break below that, then the next level of support will be around 2200, which will be the buying zone predicted in the long-term 30-year charts in the previous post. That will be a good level to accumulate long positions for the next bullish cycle.

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I will be watching patiently from the sidelines.