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Will this break in IEF be able to hold up?


Browsing some Relative Rotation Graphs, the relationship between Stocks and Bonds once again drew my attention.

When I shifted to their respective charts, I decided that the current price action of IEF, as shown in the graph above, deserves our (or, at least, my) attention.

This ETF, which tracks the performance of 7-10 year Treasury bonds, broke above an important horizontal resistance level (106.50) three days ago. It then hovered above that breakout level the day after the break, before then jumping to a high of 106.97 yesterday.

Today, IEF dropped back to that breakout level and is testing it as support. So far, it is holding up fine.

Provided that this break holds, it will be positive for bonds (meaning lower yields) and the next target can be pegged around the level of the major high at 107.50, which was set back in 2016 and corresponds with yields around 1.4%.

In the chart above, the relative strength and the RRG-Lines are plotted against VBINX, a balanced benchmark that I mostly use for asset allocation purposes.

The break above the falling trend line in relative strength, with up-sloping RRG-Lines, suggests that the underperformance of IEF against VBINX is (slowly) turning around.

The current break in IEF, if it holds up, could provide the fuel needed for this shift to continue.

To put things into perspective, the RRG below shows the rotation (based on daily data) of IEF and SPY against VBINX. The graph clearly shows the improvement of IEF over SPY, at least for the time being.

Stay tuned!


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Julius de Kempenaer
Senior Technical Analyst,
Creator, Relative Rotation Graphs
Founder, RRG Research

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Julius de Kempenaer
About the author: is the creator of Relative Rotation Graphs™. This unique method to visualize relative strength within a universe of securities was first launched on Bloomberg professional services terminals in January of 2011 and was released on in July of 2014. After graduating from the Dutch Royal Military Academy, Julius served in the Dutch Air Force in multiple officer ranks. He retired from the military as a captain in 1990 to enter the financial industry as a portfolio manager for Equity & Law (now part of AXA Investment Managers). Learn More
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