The Bottoming Process

Discussion in 'Trading' started by tradingbug, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. This thread is in regards to how many legs we may have left in this bear market and if we are bottoming out.

    In order for this thread to work, there has to be a few assumptions. I am assuming we are not seeing a V shaped bottom and will instead see a U shaped bottom.

    Take a look at your daily charts of the INDU/SPX between July of 02 to March of 03. This was the U shaped bottoming process of the last recession.

    It looks to me that we are starting another leg down that COULD be the right shoulder of an inverted H&S bottom. Similiar to Jan 03. In order for this to be a bottom, we would have to not break through the 666 bottom, turn back up and then proceed to break above the 950 area. The break above 950 would confirm the U bottom and beginning of higher highs and higher lows of a new cyclical bull.

    On the other hand, during the great depression, we had a similiar 50% rally only to break the lows and continue making lower lows and lower highs for a prolonged recession/depression.

    Fundamentally, I think we are screwed. This would lead me to believe that there is a higher probability of taking out the lows of 666 and continue to make lower lows and lower highs. On the other hand though, I do see the possibility of a U bottom shaping up.

    Am I missing anything and what are everyones thoughts?


  2. the market does not have to fit any pattern. it is very unlikely we see anything close to the lows for years to come. what senario could generate the panic that it took for us to reach those lows?
  3. The truth?
  4. Jumpshot


    I dont think we are at a bottom just yet. The reason is because there has been no cataclysmic event to mark the exact bottom.

    In 1933, you had civil disturbances to the point where American armor units were dispatched through Washington DC. You had record amounts of crime around the United States with policemen regularly carrying around machine guns for protection.

    Other market bottoms usually had breakouts of war or acts of terrorism that involved hundreds of Americans dead. Korean War for example. Another two good examples was Gulf War 1 and Gulf War 2.

    The 1998 bottom was punctuated by the embassy bombings.

    The enemy usually strikes when America is at its weakest or in a recession. Riots and civil disturbances usually occur at that point as well.

    My guess is that for a market bottom to occur then there will have to be a major military action or some type of civil disturbance in the United States where National Guard units need to be sent in. Civil disturbances are already taking place in China...

  5. I think we will be range bound until September. Then I think the market will retest the 666 spx low.
  6. LOL, ssshhhhh! :D

    Just remember, trade what you see, not what you think. :)
  7. Karl Denniger from says that this is a debt driven recession. Not an inventory driven recession.

    The only way to get out of a debt driven recession is to write off all the bad debt. He shows that we have a lot more debt that needs to be drained.

    Who knows...he could be right...could be wrong.

    From top to bottom though, if 666 was the bottom, then this cyclical bear market is shorter in duration than the last one. Seems kind of odd given that our economy is in much worse shape than the 2000 recession.
  8. Allen3


    don't look at it, don't think about it, don't talk about it, just go long. Between Goldman Sach, the white house spending and the fed. The markets going up. just don't look down.
  9. the market is doing what it always does right now. it is climbing a wall of worry.
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    #10     Jul 16, 2009