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In his Weekend Studying Notes to investors, whereas commenting on the Massive Cash Index, Louis Navellier wrote:

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Yellow Site visitors Lights And Human Conduct

Odd as it could appear, I feel yellow visitors lights sum up human conduct completely. When lights at intersections rolled out in 1868, yellow wasn’t a part of the plan. In truth, yellow lights didn’t exist till 1920. A Detroit police officer named William Potts launched them to warn drivers of a coming crimson gentle.

Right here’s how the yellow warning gentle completely profiles our human nature: Most individuals’s eyes glaze over when confronted with calculating risk evaluation, however in relation to zipping by way of a yellow gentle, folks have interaction in fast and rigorous danger evaluation:

  • What number of vehicles are on the intersection?
  • Are they stopped?
  • Is it rush hour?
  • Are vehicles shortly coming from the perpendicular street?
  • Are there cops round?
  • How briskly am I going?
  • If I speed up, will I make it in time?
  • How late am I for my subsequent appointment?
  • Are there pedestrians current?

Then, most of us gun it anyway, and fly by way of, simply because it turns crimson. The satisfaction of surviving this journey, un-arrested, is plain.

Persistence In Investing Or Site visitors

However amongst buyers, danger evaluation tends to be much less rigorous. Most investors let another person, their monetary advisor, drive. Hopefully, they decide protected drivers, particularly as they method some “deep amber” lights turning crimson.

Persistence does not come naturally for many of us whether or not it is visitors or investing.  We simply need to get there now – or at the very least as quick as attainable. Persistence pays nice dividends… over time, in fact

Like a lot in life, the older I get, the extra I understand that endurance is normally the perfect course. That’s why I dig deep into the info to present me as clear an image as I can get. This course of leads me to “outlier” shares, the 4% of shares that account for 100% of the market’s beneficial properties over bonds for the final 100 years.

Generally when all is buzzing alongside, I concentrate on stocks. Different occasions I concentrate on the massive image – the Massive Cash Index to be extra exact. Proper now, it’s rising, suggesting it is likely to be price gunning by way of the yellow gentle the market is flashing.  

However does it, actually? Let’s see why the Massive Cash Index says shares are on the rise . . . and why this rise could proceed. 

30+ Yr Chart Of The Massive Cash Index

Right here we discover a 30+ yr chart of the Massive Cash Index (BMI for brief). Naturally, it doesn’t inform us a lot at first look. And if I plot an index over it for 30 years, the time-frame is just too zoomed out to see something significant. In spite of everything, the S&P 500 rose over 1,000% (1,048%, to be exact) in that point.

So, I dug into the info, as a result of that’s what nerds do.


You don’t have to do the mathematics. I did it for you.

What we are able to inform from that chart is that the BMI spent a overwhelming majority of its time within the center, between overbought and oversold. Out of seven,876 buying and selling days (31-¼ years) the BMI was overbought 1,565 days – or 20% of the time. The BMI was oversold for less than 292 days, or simply 3.7% of the time. These uncommon oversold situations are the golden tickets. That’s when it is advisable put together to load up on outlier stocks.

Now, again to my query: Simply because the BMI is rising, ought to we anticipate rising inventory costs? It is smart that we might, I imply, as huge cash rushes into shares, they need to go up on steadiness, proper?

What I discovered was fascinating:


For 31-¼ years (7,876 days), the BMI rose for 3,706 days. That’s lower than half the time, at 47%! However what’s eye catching is that on BMI up days, the S&P 500 additionally rose 67% of that time (2,474 days).

In distinction, the BMI fell 53% of the 31-year span (4,145 days). And on days the place it fell, the index fell with it for two,401 of these days or 58% of the time.

Quick ahead to 2021. To date, the BMI solely spent 25 of 67 days rising, or 37%.

Lastly, let’s keep in mind that the 31.25-year common for the BMI is 63%.

So the place are we?


This yr up to now, the BMI is beneath common by way of time spent rising. However it’s rising now. And because it rises, we are able to anticipate almost 70% of the time that shares will rise too.

It is Time To Be Bullish

Now earlier than you skeptically inform me that “indexes normally go up,” examine this out. The S&P 500 index rose solely 53.5% of the time or 4,218 days of a attainable 7,876. These are good odds for a on line casino, however hardly nice odds when assessing flying by way of a yellow gentle unhurt.

However a 70% probability that shares rise? These are nice odds out there. Proper now, the BMI says greater highs are coming. And my method is to seek out the leaders – or outliers that do even higher than the market.

Nothing is for certain, however utilizing BMI historical past as a information, it’s time to be bullish. The sunshine is popping inexperienced.

People danger life on a split-second likelihood examine, however we could be paralyzed in relation to cash. It looks as if our priorities in relation to cash can be to be affected person and purposeful and to prioritize.

As Stephen Covey put it, “The hot button is to not prioritize what’s in your schedule, however to schedule your priorities.”