In my last analysis I suggested a new secular stocks bull began 2009 lasting through to 2032, so does that mean you missed the boat if you didn’t load up in equities in 2009? Well, with the secular commodities solar peak expected around Spring 2013, take a look at the Dow action into previous such peaks, denoted by the orange lines in the long term Dow chart below. The Dow pulled back just before these peaks and tracked sideways across them, making for a higher nominal peak than denoted by the nominal low red circles, but a good buying opportunity. So, if history repeats and we see a commodities overthrow into 2013 followed by a stocks low around 2014, then the most profitable trade would be to focus investment in commodities until the 2013 solar peak and then switch to stocks at their low circa 2014.
Let’s now remove inflation and look at ‘real’ long term stocks. i.e. net of inflation – this time the SP500. I have marked the same secular and interim stocks peaks in green and commodities secular peaks in orange, plus the full risk assets cycle between the black lines. In real terms, the dip in real stocks value around the secular commodities peak each cycle is notable, followed by an upswing into the interim and secular stocks peaks. The result is a waveform, marked in dark red, known as a sine wave. This wave pattern is very common in nature, occuring in ocean waves, sound waves and light waves. Again, there is an upward trajectory to the long term wave, which reflects technological evolution and increasing human value-add. Following the waveform and the history, a lower real low for the S&P500 should be yet to come around the commodities / solar peak of 2013, and it looks like it needs to fall some way.
Yet, if we adjust for ‘undoctored’ inflation (Shadowstats figures) rather than ‘official’ inflation, the chart looks quite different, with the 2009 real low already at the low extreme:
Between the two charts, some kind of rounded bottom looks likely with another low still to come, before stocks take off in real terms, and I suggest it is indeed possible that we see a higher low in nominal terms and a lower low, or perhaps double bottom, in real terms, with inflation making the difference between the two. By solar cycles and history, inflation should peak along with solar activity and commodities, meaning the difference between the nominal and the real price of stocks may be fairly substantial at that point.
So let’s look at inflation. The chart below shows that both official inflation and Shadowstats inflation peaked in early 2008, when oil spiked. If, as some argue, we have already seen the secular peak in commodities, say with oil in 2008 and with precious metals in 2011, then we are unlikely to exceed that 2008 inflation peak.
The implications of that would be that the circle on the next chart would mark the inflation peak of this solar cycle, and that would be an anomaly with previous solar maxima both in time and height.
Of course if we apply Shadowstats figures to the chart, then the height of that spike would become more compelling, but nevertheless, by solar cycles and by history, the next solar maximum of 2013 should drive human behaviour to maximum speculation in commodities and maximum consumer inflation.
Next is a similar long term inflation-adjusted chart, but this time for commodities. Again, I have marked the same commodities peaks in orange and the risk asset cycle markers in black. I have applied waveform again, and again we see a sine wave but with reverse polarity to that of stocks.
Again, it would be an anomaly if commodities had already peaked around the solar minimum secular nominal stocks bottom of 2008/9, instead of around the next solar maximum of 2013.
One more chart – here is the long term Dow-gold ratio. Again, note the sine wave.
It can be seen that at the time of each secular nominal stocks bottoms (black lines), there was a notable spike down in the Dow-gold ratio. In fact, that spike down was sometimes the nominal bottom in the ratio. From those spike lows, the ratio then made a bounce, lasting 2-4 years, up towards the middle trend line, before typically falling again to another low around the solar/commodities peak.
Curiously, following the 2008/9 low, the ratio made only a weak bounce into 2010 before falling again. With the solar peak looming just 12 months away now, the likelihood of an intermittent bounce in 2012 up to the middle trendline, i.e a Dow-gold ratio of 20 (gold falls to 650, or Dow rises to 32,000), looks slim to say the least. Either the weak bounce is a clue that the ratio will keep dropping to a new and final low around the solar peak of 2013, as it did in 1979/80, of perhaps 1-2, or it will make some kind of W bottom, with stocks outperforming currently and then giving way to commodities again into the solar peak, with a ratio bottom of 5 or above. As the evidence further up the page suggests stocks might track overall sideways into the solar peak, the difference between the two ratio scenarios perhaps indicates the scale of a final gold ascent, ranging from meagre (maybe final gold $2000 or so) to colossal (maybe $10,000).
In my recent post of 6th March, ‘Precious Metals’, I detailed the fundamental support for gold into 2013 from negative real interest rates, central bank and investment demand. Disinvestment and greater new supply is forecast to occur after 2014. In short, the window from here into 2013 has the fundamental support to fulfil the final parabolic ascent forecast by solar cycles and historic rhymes. Not only that, but I suggest that the entry point for gold and miners is right now, and here is the evidence.
Gold miners bullish percent index / Market Vectors Gold Miners ratio is at an overbearish level that has previously corresponded to bottoms in gold (see second chart):
PFS’s intermediate term gold indicator is at a buy level, by history:
Source: PFS Group
Rydex precious metals allocations are into the extreme low zone:
Source: Pater Tenebrarum / Sentimentrader
Hulbert gold sentiment in the latest reading is now -15.7. The below chart is taken prior to that reading, but note it will now be down at a level on par with 2008:
Source: Pater Tenebrarum / Hulbert / Sentimentrader