Friday, January 15, 2016

Bonds Bull is Roaring

We have been discussing stock market's #Bear and Bond market's #Bull for a while. Now it seems like Bond market is really taking-off. This is evident from a sharp rally in the bonds over the last 2 weeks. Some might attribute it to the declining stock market but a bull market keeps on rising and people find reasons for the rise.

As a confirmation of the trend, bond prices have just completed an inverted Head and Shoulders pattern (shown below):

We have been discussing this pattern since December, as following charts was published here on December 21.

As bonds rally and stocks decline, we are short stocks and long bonds. Being long bonds gives us cash flow in form of dividends and being short stocks allows us to take advantage of the downside.

Like any market, this bond rally will come across obstacles but the constant cash flow and the diversification provided by this investment is invaluable, along with the potential for capital gains. At the same time, it will provide a very good opportunity and probably the last opportunity for people to buy homes at very low interest rates.

As market gets more volatile, it will even make more sense to invest in bonds. But the good time to invest in any asset class or stock is before the major move happens and the news becomes public. Let's see when the stock market bounce happens, which might provide added insight into the long-term (6 months to 1 year) market trajectory.

After all is said and done, there will be a very good opportunity to buy stocks down the road.

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