Long-Term Cycle Chart Suggests Higher Prices

Erin Swenlin

Erin Swenlin


Let me first profess that I am not an avid follower of cycle charts. They generally take too much tinkering for my taste as they never quite fit over the long haul. However, as I was flipping through some of my longer-term charts, I ran into a chart I created last year. I was determining visually whether the very long-term bull and bear market cycles were telling us anything regarding that first large correction of the year. My sense was that we were extraordinarily vulnerable to a deep correction/bear market and the cycles were lining up.

Carl's last DecisionPoint blog entry was titled "Wait! Was That a Bear Market?" (recommended read!). This cycle chart could be suggesting that the market has run through its "correction" or "bear market". The Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) is now beginning to turn up. The clear breakout from the rounded top and above all-time highs does seem to imply there is a new bull market leg in the making. **Remember this monthly chart will not go final until the end of the month so quite a bit can happen to the PMO between now and then.

Conclusion: I am not a cheerleader for a new bull market beginning based on indicators and the steep angle of ascent this rally (see DP Alert blog). However, this chart does support many of my readers' and viewers' opinions that the worst is behind us. 

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Happy Charting!
- Erin

Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More