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The Very Big Picture - $SPX 20 Year Monthly Chart


We always focus on the shorter term charts, but the big institutions focus on Monthly and Quarterly charts.

Looking at the long timeline, the chart reveals some interesting trend lines. Lines of the same color are also the same slope.

$spx 20140205 20 year monthly

Currently the 2011 to 2014 run is the same slope as the 1990's slope. For 2007, you will notice two different slopes. The red trendline would have stopped you out much closer to the top. The green trendline would have kicked you out much lower but only a few months different. So in both of the previous major market tops, the steep slope trend line would have been an efficient tool to get out.

Currently we are testing the trendline again. We are early in the month and we still need to wait for a close below to confirm a breakdown. 

On the RSI, you will see a trendline in the 1990's would be horizontal and not much value so I did not draw one. The 2007 final top was marked clearly by a simple trendline on the RSI. I have duplicated the 2007 slope  in purple to show the current slope. The black dashed line is slightly higher and has currently been broken. Again we must wait for month end to finalize the position of the RSI reading for February.

I still expect a test back towards the top here. But just a simple long term trendline could be an important clue for whether one is adequately positioned as defensive or offensive.


Good trading,

Greg Schnell, CMT

Greg Schnell
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at specializing in intermarket and commodities analysis. He is also the co-author of Stock Charts For Dummies (Wiley, 2018). Based in Calgary, Greg is a board member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and the chairman of the CSTA Calgary chapter. He is an active member of both the CMT Association and the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA). Learn More
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