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Time to Talk 6-7 Year Market Business Cycles

We began the year examining the 23-month moving averages in all the indices and major market sectors. It was pretty simple, really: buy anything that cleared the blue line (2-year business cycle), which we explained was a good reflection of a cycle within a cycle (6-7 year cycles are typical). After all, following an unusual 2020-2022, from 2022-2024 we thought that any index or sector that broke out was showing signs of an intermediate expansion. And any index or sector that could not clear the blue line was not only a warning about how long an expansion could last, but also an indication of inherent problems in the economy and market.

The Russell 2000 (IWM) spent one month (July) above the 23-month MA. Then, after a calendar range reset, we warned about “Sell in July and Go Away” once IWM entered August and could not hold those gains. Now, along with Retail XRT, both IWM and XRT — Granddad and Grandma of the Economic Modern Family — have a new story to tell.

The 80-month moving average (green line) is a longer-term business cycle or about 6-7 years. Besides the blip during COVID, IWM has not broken that 80-month MA since 2010. We can surmise that should IWM fail to hold this MA by the end of October, darker times are coming. We have time, but be on the alert.

In the 10 years from 2010-2020, IWM was in good shape, which, although underperforming QQQ, told us the economy was hanging in there and dips could be bought.

For 2 months, IWM closed below the 80-month MA in 2020 (COVID), then came right back above it by May 2020. Until today.

XRT sits right above the 80-month but remember, it never cleared the 23-month. So, if our Grandparents struggle, could other areas hold up? Sure. However, it does tend to stress everyone out.

Buying the dip? Have more patience.

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Mish in the Media

Watch Mish and Nicole Petallides discuss how pros and cons working in tandem, plus why commodities are still a thing, in this video from Schwab.

Mish talks TSLA in this video from Business First AM.

See Mish argue investors could jump into mega-tech over value and explain why she is keeping an eye on WTI prices on BNN Bloomberg’s Opening Bell.

Even as markets crumble, there are yet market opportunities to be found, as Mish discusses on Business First AM here.

Mish explains how she’s preparing for the next move in Equities and Commodities in this video with Benzinga’s team.

Mish talks about the head-and-shoulders top pattern for the S&P 500 in The Final Bar.

Mish covers sectors from the Economic Family, oil, and risk in this Yahoo! Finance video.

Mish shares why the most important ETFs to watch are Retailers (XRT) and Small Caps (IWM) in this appearance on the Thursday, September 20 edition of StockCharts TV’s The Final Bar with David Keller, and also explains MarketGauge’s latest plugin on the StockCharts ACP platform. Mish’s interview begins at 19:53.

Mish covers 7 stocks that are ripe for the picking on the Wednesday, September 20 edition of StockCharts TV’s Your Daily Five, and she gives you actionable levels to watch.

Take a look at this analysis of’s Charting Forward from Jayanthi Gopalkrishnan, which breaks down Mish’s conversation with three other charting experts about the state of the market in Q3 and beyond.

Mish was interviewed by Kitco News for the article “Oil Prices Hit Nearly One-Year High as it Marches Towards $100”, available to read here.

Mish covers short term trading in DAX, OIL, NASDAQ, GOLD, and GAS in this second part of her appearance on CMC Markets.

Mish talks Coinbase in this video from Business First AM!

Mish looks at some sectors from the economic family, oil, and risk in this appearance on Yahoo Finance!

Mish covers oil, gold, gas and the dollar in this CMC Markets video.

In this appearance on Business First AM, Mish explains why she’s recommending TEVA, an Israeli pharmaceutical company outperforming the market-action plan.

As the stock market tries to shake off a slow summer, Mish joins Investing with IBD to explain how she avoids analysis paralysis using the six market phases and the economic modern family. This edition of the podcast takes a look at the warnings, the pockets of strength, and how to see the bigger picture.

Mish was the special guest in this edition of Traders Edge, hosted by Jim Iuorio and Bobby Iaccino!

In this Q3 edition of StockCharts TV’s Charting Forward 2023, Mish joins a panel run by David Keller and featuring Julius de Kempenaer (RRG Research & and Tom Bowley (EarningsBeats). In this unstructured conversation, the group shares notes and charts to highlight what they see as important considerations in today’s market environment.

Coming Up:

October 4: Jim Puplava, Financial Sense & BNN Bloomberg, Before the Open

October 5: Yahoo! Finance & Making Money with Charles Payne, Fox Business

October 12: Dale Pinkert, F.A.C.E.

October 26: Schwab and Yahoo! Finance at the NYSE

October 27: Live in-studio with Charles Payne, Fox Business

October 29-31: The Money Show

Weekly: Business First AM, CMC Markets

ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY): There are multiple timeframe support levels round 420-415.Russell 2000 (IWM): 170 huge.Dow (DIA): 334 pivotal.Nasdaq (QQQ): 330 possible if can’t get back above 365.Regional Banks (KRE): 39.80 the July calendar range low.Semiconductors (SMH): 133 the 200-DMA with 147 pivotal resistance.Transportation (IYT): 237 resistance, 225 support.Biotechnology (IBB): 120-125 range.Retail (XRT): 57 key support. If can climb over 63, get bullish.

Mish Schneider

Director of Trading Research and Education

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