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Sunday, February 10 2019

Interesting market movement last week:
As expected, the market ("SPY") declared a "War on its 200-Day Moving Average Wall" when it made an upward assualt on its 200-Day SMA.  Sad to say, this first charge failed to break above the 200-Day SMA (see the purple ellipse on the right in the graph below).  This market is fast moving and can go anywhere from here, so stay tuned, and
... let's wait for MIPS to tell us what to do next...

Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 08:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, February 05 2019

What are the charts below trying to tell us to expect (see purple ellipse on right hand side):
   1) continued breakout to the up-side (following the V-Pattern) to new highs, or
   2) stiff upside resistance at the 200-Day Simple Moving Average level, and maybe a test of previous lows.

Stay tuned:
I am going to let MIPS tell me what to do, and you should do the same.

Graph #1

Graph #2


Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 07:47 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, January 27 2019

Some time ago, I would have been surprised at the negative inputs that MIPS is getting from "some" (small number) of its members because of the high number of trades (9 trades) that the MIPS models have issued in the last 90 days.  But, I am really NOT surprised because we had almost an identical response from other members in 2017 when the MIPS models did the opposite, and had No trades for the entire year (yes, zero)

In this blog, we will attempt to explain the high number of trades from MIPS in the last 90 days; and we will refer to our previous Blog from Nov 19, 2017 to explain the lack of MIPS trades in 2017.  Over the last 13 years, the MIPS models have averaged about 12 trades/year, with 20+ in some years and 0-2 in others.

Popular quantitative models are based on concepts such as:
  1) Trend Following - following short, intermediate, or long-term trend lines
  2) Reversion to the Mean - Reverses when the markets get over-bought or over-sold
  3) Momentum - puts more trust in markets that are moving in one direction, with higher or lower movements
  4) Rate of Change - highly affected by markets when the slope of the movement is growing or decaying,
  5) etc, etc, etc.

MIPS is basically a trend-following model, but has algorithms built in to recognize over-bought and over-sold markets, markets that are gaining or losing momentum, and especially markets that are moving sideways (forming a recognizable "Consolidation Pattern").

MIPS behaves differently in slow and fast moving markets, up markets, down markets, and flat/sideways markets.  In 2017, the market moved as a strong up-market for the entire year, so there was no need to "trade" just to trade, at the risk of being "fooled" by small dips.  So, MIPS detected that, and did not trade at all that year.

On the other hand, since 3Q'18 we have been in a flat/sideways market.  This is VERY dangerous market pattern, because there are basically NO identifiable trends (flat trend), and most other indicators are in chaos also. In fact, trying to identify market direction in this type of market is like trying to figure out who is winning a battle of thousands of warriors in hand-to-hand combat !!!

In this type of market, the MIPS models are programmed to go into a "preservation of capital" mode; which essentially means that, to be "safe", the models will go into (and stay in) Cash more often.  So, instead of trades being long-to-short, most will be long-to-cash-to-short (and vice-versa for short-to-long trades).  With this approach in 2018, the MIPS models ended up with small gains instead of big losses from getting whipsawed like many other quantitative models.

MIPS Gains in the last 3 years
The goal of all timing models should be to keep up with (or do a little better than) the market (S&P 500) in up markets, and to beat the market (or at least not lose money) in down markets.  If you want to beat the market in strong up markets, you should do so by trading with 25% (1.25x) leverage or 50% (1.5x) leverage on Long Signals.  On Short Signals, you should traded with 0.5x or 1.0x leverage.

Overall, since the beginning of 2016 thru 01/15/2019, MIPS is up about 33%, while completely avoiding the big drops in the beginning of 2016 and in the last few weeks in 2019.  Of course, this means if you were trading with $100,000 you would have ended up with about $33,000.  Not bad since your trading advice from MIPS would have been only $39 or $59 per month for 3 years !!!

2016 - 01/15/19
MIPS - Blue Line
SPY   - Red Line (big drop boxes are drops in the SPY)
Red dots show actual trades               

2008 - Market Crash

With good quantitative models, the "magic" comes in down markets.  Notwithstanding the analysis above the graph above, the big payback comes in unanticipated years when the market crashes, as in 2008.  The graph below shows what MIPS would have done for you in 2008, with no leverage.

In the 2008 crash (4Q'07-1Q'09), with MIPS Signals you would have been up +140%, while with buy-and-hold you would have been down -55% (yes, LOST 55%).  Again, while investing with MIPS signals your $100,000 investment in Oct'07 would have been $140,000 at the end of 1Q'09 (+40%).  On the other hand, with buy-and-hold your $100,000 investment in Oct'07 would be $55,000 at the end of 1Q'09 (-45%).  That's a spread of $85,000. You do the math and see if that performance would be worth $39/month !!!

2008 Crash
MIPS - Blue Line
SPY   - Red Line
Red dots show actual trades

BTW, trading just the SPY and SH (or any other two ETFs), it should take only 10 minutes to make a trade.  So, 12 trades/year (24 round trip) would use up a max of only about 4 hours of your time per YEAR.  If you cannot or will not spend that much time managing your life savings, you should either buy-and-hold or hire a money manager (most charge a fee of about 1.5% er year, and require a minumun investment of about $100,000). 

Best Wishes !!!

Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC


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Saturday, November 18 2017

Some investors (including some MIPS members) seem to think that when there is not a position change (Signal Change) in a MIPS model for a long period of time, they are being ignored or something is wrong with the model that they are following.  They can't seem to understand that a good model (like MIPS) only changes position when the market changes its behavior, and that change is detected by the model. With MIPS, this would be when the intermediate-term market "trend" changes direction.  We at MIPS input data and run our models daily (in triplicate), independent of whether or not there is a change of any type.

All daily model developers (including MIPS) provide their subscribers with "Investment Positions" (Long or Short or Cash) about 250 days every year (52 weeks/year x 5 trading days/week - holidays).  This is not a function of how often their models trade.    

There is, however, a big difference in how these "Investment Positions" are reported amongst model developers (aka Signal Providers):

1) Some Signal Providers send out emails to subscribers with current positions every trading day, whether or not the signal has changed.  Many subscribers do not like this because they get inundated with emails from their Signal Provider and many times they miss a "signal change" due to confusion or boredom.

2) Other Signal Providers only send out emails to subscribers when there is a change in position from their model.  Subscribers don't like this because there can be long periods of time (weeks/months) when they don't hear from their Signal Provider, and hence they are not 100% sure that they did not miss a signal change somewhere along the way or that the Signal Provider is now inactive.

3) At MIPS (as with most other good Signal Providers), we send out 
    (a) A "Signal Change" email the very day that one of our models calls for a change in position
         (Long-to-Short  or  Short-to-Cash or etc.) 
    (b) A "Signal Status" email every weekend showing the current position for all MIPS models. 
         Our subscribers like this because the "Signal Status" tells them if they are in the correct
         position at that time.

The moral of this story is that MIPS runs its models each and every day, no matter what the market is doing. This includes the status and behavior of hundreds of technical indicators and mathematical equations, and thousands of calculations.  it is NOT any easier to run the model when the current signal remains the same or when there is a signal change.

We report the results to you every time there is a Signal Change, with instructions on our website for you NOT to change this new position until there is another Signal Change issued by the MIPS model that you are trading with.  In the meantime, we keep you up-to-date on the Signal Status for each MIPS model every weekend, in case you accidentally did not act on the latest Signal Change during the week.

Here are the trades (red dots) and performance of the MIPS3 model since 2016
   Blue Line   - MIPS3 1.5x Long / 0.5x Short    +39%
   Green Line - MIPS3 1.0x Long / 1.0x Short    +27%
   Red Line    - SPY........................................    +27%

Red dots show actual trades

Best Wishes...

Paul Distefano, PhD
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 06:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, January 15 2019

Today is a critical day in 2018-19's sideways market's short-term future. These type of sideways markets (also called "Flat Markets" or "Consolidation Patterns", etc.) usually have no direction, trend, etc.  So, MIPS handles these with "Preservation of Capital" algorithms, rather than "Capital Gain" algos.  In this blog, we use SPY (SP500 ETF Index) to represent "the Market".

For the SPY to go back to all time highs following a "Correction" (as in 2018), it must pass through multiple "upside resistance levels" where the market stalled on the way down. [BTW, these were called "support levels" on the way down.]

Today is what I call a "Critical Day" because the SPY is at an upside resistance level where it has "stalled" for the last five days in a row (and these attempts to cross over upside levels are not that tolerable).  So, for the latest mini-rally to continue, it is very improtant that the SPY closes above its resistance level at about $259/share today or in the next few days.  

See the botton right in the 2nd graph below...



Stay tuned... MIPS had a surprise for you today... did you check your email last night or this morning?

Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 12:44 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, January 09 2019

2018 was an unusually volatile market with all hell breaking loose in the 4th quarter.  If we need an explanation, the catalysts would again be the Fed raising interest rates, tariffs, trade agreements with China, Mexico and Canada, domestic and international political unrest, etc.  And, it is indeed odd that this happened when the economy is still in relatively good shape. For example, in December 77% more new non-farm jobs were created versus the prior period.  If the economy had any impact on the market, it would be because the troublemakers made up any and all excuses to scare investors into thinking that the economy is weakening, thus causing a sell off. Then the fat kats come back in and buy at prices much lower than what would have been possible before.


That said, the market is beginning to look like it is entering a “topping" pattern that we have seen before in each and every major market crash in the last 20+ years. In 2015, the Global Central Bank interventions prevented or postponed a crash.  Crashes don’t normally happen suddenly and quickly; they usually waffle in a tight trading range (like plus to minus 6 to 7%), and then they drop like a rock.  Is that what is happening now?  I don’t know, but we should find out in a relatively short period of time from here.



 The 4th Quarter was a Disaster !!!

Meet the monster…  
The market volatility type in 4Q'18 is one of the most difficult for quantitative models.

Some of the major problems weree:

1) Trendless - a flat or sideways market has no trend. The slope of the trend is near zero, so any small
    deviation from the trend could seem to signal a "direction change", and this can lead to a series of

2) Oversold and overbought conditions do not register nearly as often as the market changes direction

3) Reversion to the mean signals could trigger at tops in sideways patterns that happen in an up market,
    but they rarely trigger on market bottoms in these type markets.

4) Since most models available to large individual investors and RIAs are based on
daily data (instead
    of like minute-by-minute or second-by-second data), it can take a few days for models to issue a new 
    buy/sell/cash signal.  And, when sideways markets are changing direction every few days (high-
    frequency-directional-changes), the market can change direction a day or two after each trade is
    executed, time after time.  We all know what that leads to, and it is NOT pretty.


MIPS Performance in 2018…

Actually, MIPS performed OK in 2018 (like, did not lose money in a down market).  MIPS was up about +1%, while the S&P 500 was down about -7%.  Many other quantitative models took a beating in 2018.

From                  MIPS   +1%               Standard & Poors 500 -7%
 Red dots represent "trades"...

Here Comes 2019…

2019 is starting off with a Bang...  

China remains a headache but it is not overbearing.  And, our economy remains strong.

There are billions of dollars flowing back into the market so far in Jan’19.  The market got a boost from the Fed after Chairman Powell said the Feb will be “flexible and patient" regarding rate hikes in 2019. Last Friday, earnings reports showed 312,000 new jobs created in December versus 155,000 created in November, and 180,000 “expected” in December.  Can’t beat that !!!

In 4Q’18, Corporate earnings growth has average 15.4%, with Corporate revenue growth of 6.2%.  Average hourly wages rose 0.4%, the largest gain in 4 months. The year-over-year wages growth is about 3.1%.

After a strong recovery in the last four days in Dec’18 and in the first six days in Jan’19, the SPY has “recaptured” a little over 50% of the “drop” that started in early Dec’18.  
See graph and text below...


The challenge going forward is for the SPY to break above the second Resistance levels on the right hand side of the graph above.  On Monday (Jan 7th) the SPY broke above its first Resistance level at 253.1; and then it stalled right on the second Resistance at 259.1 today (Jan 9th).  It is highly likely that the SPY may stall at this level for a few days or even drop back below it.

On the other hand, if the SPY breaks above 259.1, it would most likely move up significantly to test its higher resistance levels shown above (or even move into new high territory).  Although not expected at this time, the SPY could of course, just as easily head back down to test the support levels below today’s price. That could result in a drop to 234.1, or lower.  And, it if breaks that level, we will head for the hills (that is, go Short and make money).

Stay tuned.  It’s anybody’s guess, but MIPS is watching…

Good Trading…

Paul Distefano, PhD

CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC

Houston, TX


Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 10:56 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, January 03 2019

It is important that you understand why most of the MIPS models have recently (last 2 months) been issuing many more trade signals than they would under "normal" times.  [And, no... there is nothing happening that the MIPS models cannot handle, as has been the case with many other models in 2018.] 

Remember, between the twelve years of 2007-2018, the MIPS3, MIPS4, and MIPS/Nitro models have traded an average of 12-15 trades/year; with some years trading 4-5 times and others trading 15-20 times.

The MIPS models are known for being able to avoid getting whipsawed in flat/sideways markets that can last 10-15 months.  Our models do this mainly by either keeping the position that it had going into the flat market (long, short, or cash) or simply by going to cash often. That is mainly why the MIPS models traded only twice in the first 10 months of 2018.  From the graph below, in these 10 months, you will see some "wobbling" in the 1st quarter (where MIPS only traded twice) and then a rather strong "Short-Term" trend line (brown line in graph) from the end of March to the middle of September (where MIPS stayed Long).  So, during this time, the MIPS models were mostly Long, and traded only twice.

However, from the middle of October to the middle of December, the SPY went sideways again in something like a pattern-within-a-pattern (see the yellow trend lines between Resistance 1 and Support 1 forming a "W" Pattern).  After the SPY broke out of the bottom of this pattern, as is the case most of the time after a market "breaks out" of a flat pattern, all hell breaks loose and high volatility becomes the norm.  [See yellow "Break-Outs" to the downside near the bottom right in the graph below.]

This is where MIPS (and most other quantitative models) have their most trouble.  In situations like this, MIPS goes into a "kind of" defensive mode, and seeks to limit losses.  When there is any doubt of a sustained market direction, MIPS may simply go to Cash.  And, to avoid getting whipsawed, the MIPS models internally build a "no-man-zone" around a potential trigger point. And, instead of the MIPS trade signals going from say Long-to-Short, the models will go to Cash in the "no-man-zone", with the result being trades like Long-to-Cash-to-Short (instead of just Long-to-Short).  Of course, the same thing happens on potential Short-to-Long trades.

FYI- The MIPS models issued 10 trades in 2018, two in the first quarter and eight in the 4th quarter. This is not the norm as the modes trade as the trend trades (or to limit losses).

With these type of tactics built in, the MIPS models managed to provide gains of 1-3% in 2018, depending on the model; whereas the SPY benchmark lost around 6.5%. 

While some models did better, other well-known and well-respected models lost between 6-15% for the year. 

BTW, the drop from the top in September to the bottom in December was about 20%, and some people had to drink with that on New Year's Eve !!!

Happy New Year !!!

Paul Disetefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 01:37 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, November 25 2018

All investors want to know which way the market is (and will be) moving.  But, most do not care "why" the market is doing what it is doing.  On the other hand, some investors are trying to figure out why the market is doing what it is doing.  Some concentrate on "fundamentals" and others on "technical analysis".

"Fundamentals" include things like the condition of the economy, corporate earnings growth, employment, consumer confidence, international relationships, politics, etc.  Of course, you have no trouble getting inundated with info about these from talking heads, advisory services, emails, etc.  However, once you get all of this "stuff", you still have to determine which way the market will move given all of the info above, and when !!!

At MIPS, we concentrate on "technical analysis" which means that we are calculating which way the market will move going forward compared to today's movements.  Since we are using hundreds of technical indicators, applied mathematical equations, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, volume weighting, etc., we can project the market in the near future based on the outcome of the above. For example, our "volume weighting" algorithms tells us if a big price change in the market on any given day (like in the S&P 500, SPY) was caused by trading from "the pros" or from us "little guys".  Along with hundreds of our other algos, the MIPS models are highly successful in calling directional changes in the market (like with 65-70% accuracy), and the winning trades are over three times more profitable than the losses on losing trades. 

Given the above, the question "what kind of market" are we in takes the front row.  So, "what kind of market" are we in?  The short answer is that we are in what is called a flat, sideways, horizontal, or trendless market, which means a market that has gone up and down in a tight trading range of something like plus or minus 3-6% around a meanline (or mid-line) for several months.  See "example" below.

Flat/Sideways markets can be very dangerous to trade in, especially those that change direction every few days (like every 4-7 days).  We call these High Frequency Directional Change (HFDC) patterns, and this is where most non-suspecting models get whipsawed badly.  In 2015, the Dow changed direction 29 times in the first 9 months, which caused most models bad headaches (like that below). Since that time, we have built in multiple algorithms to limit trading with the MIPS models in flat markets.


What is going on in the market now?  Let's look at this from both a long-term and short-term view.

Long-Term View
When looking at the SPY with a long-term view (immediately below), the flat/sideways pattern is obvious, as it was in 2015. The flat market in 2015 ultimately broke to the upside, but we will have to wait to see what happens now.


Short-Term View
The graph below shows the "mess" that we are in now. This market has crushed many timing models, because it has no predictable "direction".  Fortunately, the "Blaster Series" algorithms that we implemented in 1Q'16 have protected the MIPS models from trading in markets like this. Now, the MIPS models either stay in the position they were in when the flat market started, or they go to cash when the market movements make no sense at all (like now).

In the graph below, you can see that the SPY has traded between $253-278/share since Jan'18 (approximately plus or minus 5%, between resistance/support #2).  And, if you look closely at the smaller trading range that we are in now in the right side of the graph below (with support#1 and resistance #1 between $260-280), you will see no trend or meaningful pattern (which means that the next market move is highly unpredictable).  However, a break of the #1 support/resistance lines will at least deserve immediate extra caution. 

The MIPS models haved remained Long since Apr'18 and issued a "Cash" signal on 11/13/18, to have been executed on the open on 11/14/18 at $274.16/share.  Remember, the cash position can change at any time.

So far, our last signal is a profitable one, and the future remains unpredictable now.  But, that can change on any given day, so be careful and watch for MIPS Signal Change emails.

And remember, when tradiing actively, "Money not made is NOT the same as money lost" ...
- so, it is better to sit on the sidelines than to trade and lose.

Good trading...

Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 04:45 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, November 11 2018

It seems like everyone (at least almost all MIPS members) are deathly afraid of a fast market crash from today's levels.  Fortunately, that is not usually the way market crashes happen (and there is a good reason why).  I say usually because the market can do what it wants, when it wants.  But, understanding human nature and previous market behaviors under similar circumstances can be helpful.

First off, market crashes do NOT just fall out of the sky on any given day.  A market "topping" that leads to a 1-2 year bear market (40-60% drop), takes 10-12 months to "prepare" for the drop.  See the market "toppings" and crashes for the SPY from 2000 and 2008 in the graph below.


In the above graph from between 1997-2016, you can see the 12-15 months "toppings" that led to the bear markets in 2000-2008.  During these "topping" stages, the market "waffled" for 10-12 months before falling apart.  Everyone that studies market behavior through quantitative analysis has their own opinion, but I am 90-95% sure that the topping period lasts 10-12 months because (and only because) it takes the FAT KATS (Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, etc) that long to dump a sizeable portion of their holdings or at least to re-allocate their holdings. After that, the fat kats open the gates and us little guys fall through the bottom.  In 2015, the fat kats changed their minds after about 1/2 of the way thru the "topping" period and decided to reverse their course (leading, of course, to many new highs through 2Q'15).

During a topping or roll-over period in the market (if that is what it is), a good timing model (or technical analyst) can see the "slow" deterioration of the market.  See one simple example of the market rollover (SPY) in the market crash of 2008 (graph immediately below).  In mid-2007, the 25-50-100-150-200 day exponential moving averages were aligned to where the short-term moving averages were above all of the long-term ones (as in all up-markets) until the market got weaker-and-weaker.  At the beginning of 2008, the entire group of moving averages "inverted" themselves (flipped) to where the short-term averages were on the bottom (as in all down markets).  After the moving averages "inverted", the market experienced a horrific ride to a -55% bottom !!!

The possibility of a big market "drop" now or in the very near future, is not nearly as justified as it was in 2007 (we are in what is more likely a sideways or horizontal market).  The short-term averages (like the 25-day and 50-day EMAs) have just started to penetrate below the long-term average space, and most likey all will turn around before dropping more.

From the above, there is no indication that the market is close to a "crash" at this time.  See the graph above, and remember that the market can do what it wants, when it wants. 

In a market crash, MIPS is designed to go short somewhere around a 10% drop, and recover after ABOUT a 10% recovery. This means, for example, that if the market is down -55% and MIPS takes 10% on each end to issue trade signals; and if MIPS performs as designed, MIPS would be up +35% when the market is down -55%.  Between Oct'08 and March'09, the SPY was down about -50% and MIPS was up over +100% (it caught some "upticks" in this bear market).  See below:

The above is an close examination of the behavior of the 25-50-100-150-200 day EMAs, but it is only ONE of the indicators/algorithms that are used in the MIPS models.  Please remember that MIPS uses OVER 200 technical indicators and mathematical algorithms to determine if the market is moving up or down !!!

Good trading...

Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G Paul Distefano AT 02:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, November 07 2018

The one "indicator" that is almost 100% accurate notes that:
"Markets Don't Crash when Economic Fundamentals (like profits) are Good" !!!

Since the Presidential election in 2016 to the mid-terms in 2018, corporate profits and jobs have risen at a rapid pace, followed by almost a "straight-line" in rising stock prices. Take a look at the Dow graph immediately below. Who would have wanted to sell or go short in a market like that since the beginning of 2016 ? 

Yes, there were some big dips along the way, but they were ALL above the trendline.  Please understand that a drawdown above the trendline is NOT the same as a drawdown below the trendline.  Since Jan'18 the market has moved in a "sideways" pattern, which is a perfect market to get whipsawed in by trying to time and trade the ups and downs in a tight, volatile pattern.

In markets when it was "the right time to go short" as in 2008, MIPS did its job and was up more then 100% when the SPY dropped 50%. Tests show that MIPS would perform in a way similar to that again in the next market crash.

MIPS is a trend-following model and as such it has a "bias" to market trends above the trendline (as it should).  Since the Nov'16 elections, the MIPS models have not traded very often, mainly because the market has closely followed a tight, solid upward trend for the last 10 years, with even higher upside acceleration since Nov'16

Some MIPS members have questioned our low number of trades in the last two years, but there were simply very few good, technical reasons to do so.  And, please remember that whenever MIPS stays with the same signal (like our few Long signal in the last few years), it is not because MIPS is in any way "following" past signals.  The MIPS models go through several 100's of calculations every day to determine the direction of the market.  And, when the trend is up, the MIPS signals are Long and vice versa when the trend is down.  Of course, it makes no sense to trade more times in any give year than the number of times that the trend changes direction!!! 

Aside from that, third party "Tracking Companies" (like post evidence that models that trade more than like 20-40 times/year often do very poorly over a long-term period.  MIPS3 is the #1 Model on since 2007 (up over 400% with 131 trades in the last 11+ years); whereas the model in 25th place was up only 35% with 1393 trades in these 11+ years. There are other models that have traded over 100 times/year that have performed poorly or even lost money in this same time period.  Go to =>

Notwithstanding the above, here is how has MIPS3 performed since the Presidential election in Nov'16:
MIPS3 - trading SPY Long/Short (no leverage)

As you see above, MIPS3 is up about 30% since the Presidential election in Nov'16.  It "weathered the storm" and was up a little in the sideways market in 2018. This is quite an accomplishment, because many models that tried to trade this volatile, trendless market long and short in 2018 got cremated.

So, the moral of the story is: "Do not take this journey by yourself"Find a good timing model, or simply use one of the very best models on the retail market, MIPS4 (or MIPS3).

Good trading...

Paul Distefano, PhD
CEO / Founder
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX

Posted by: Dr. G. Paul Distefano AT 11:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 14 2018

Sometimes it is better to be patient instead of hurrying up to make mistakes !!!
- our MIPS3 model is the #1 Ranked timing model on over the last 10 years, and 
  has produced performance that is 10 times better than other models that have traded 10 times 
  more often than MIPS.

The stock market took quite a hit last week, but the market is NOT in a bad condition.  Yet!
- most of the drop last week was motivated by news that interest rates are rising,
- in general, that can be really bad news,
- but, in my opinion, this "bad news" is not nearly as bad as traders thought in the first place.

This is a typical move when the market is overbought and traders with good profits in-hand are more concerned on keeping their current profits than making more. Like Warren Buffet says, do these three thing below over and over:
  1) Make money,
  2) Keep it, and
  3) Repeat steps (1) and (2).

What this type of news usually causes is a quick "V-Bottom", where jittery traders sell quickly to protect profits (without concern for more gains), and where the validity of the reason for the drop in the first place "filters out" (i.e., becomes forgotten about).  When this becomes obvious, the traders that sold originally starting buying back at the same rate and at the same prices where they sold.  A bad timing model can get in big trouble trading a V-Bottom incorrectly (long position all the way down, short position back up).  PLEASE REMEMBER, IT IS MUCH BETTER NOT TO TRADE THAN TO TRADE AND GET WHIPSAWED !!!

A good timing model will protect you from getting whipsawed by not trading when it should not be doing so.  Usually, a good model with no trades on little dips is doing what it was designed to do.  NOTE: A timing model that stays long in little dips is FULLY aware that it is still producing new Long signals every day, and it is NOT one bit confused or unaware that it is staying long.  A good model that stays Long is usually doing so because the model is producing a new Long signal every day, and NOT because it is just "keeping" the old Long signal.


Another reason why MIPS can stay long in situations like this is because our models have built-in "Relativity Algorithms". Basically, this means that a quick 6% drop in a market that has had big gains in the past several months/years (like 40-60%) would not be seen by MIPS to be nearly as troublesome as a market with a 6% drop in a market with gains of only 8-12%.

Of course, you can see that with your own eyeballs.  See the two graphs below, where one compares the recent "Dip" to DIA performance over a short period of time (Graph #1) and the other over a longer period of time (Graph #2).  The way this makes you "feel" in the real world is the way Relativity "feels" in the MIPS models.

#1 Short-Term
Last week's drop compared to the last several months' performance

#2 Long-Term
Last week's drop compared to the last several years' performance

All said, I am NOT trying to say that there is no way that last week's drop could not escalate and end up being much worse in the short-term.  No matter what, however, I do not believe that this is the start of a "real" stock market crash (like, down 45-55%) as long as corporate America keeps producing good profits.

Under no conditions do I think that my intuition can beat the MIPS signals, so as always, just follow MIPS...

Good tradiing...

Paul Distefano, PhD
MIPS Timing Systems, LLC
Houston, TX
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