Recently I discussed the longer cycles:
- The 120 year Grand (Mega) Super cycle which last bottomed in the early 1890s with many bank failures (pre FED), high unemployment and workers rioting in the streets. It could be called a Depression, but since there was little government interference it was severe and recovery was fairly quick say compared to the 1930s. If we use 1892 as the start of that then 2012 is 120 years.
- Then there is the Super Cycle (the economic cycle is called the K-Wave) of 60 years. The last bottom according to experts was around 1952 after the end of the Korean War. We had a nicely expanding economy in the 50s and a good part of the 60s after this cycle bottomed. It is now 2012 (60 years later). This cycle varies from 56-64 years with 60 years being the average. So it could have up to 4 years left to a bottom.
- Then there is the Mini Super Cycle of 30 years. Last bottom around 1982. Add 30 to 1982 and you have 2012. Government intervention may have pushed the next bottom forward a couple of years.
- Then there is the 6 year cycle which probably topped in May of 2011.
This is the BIG picture the stock markets will be operating in - in 2012. There will be downside pressure all year from these longer cycles. Still we trade in shorter time frames and there should be ample volatility for those nimble enough to take advantage. Nothing is ever sure - so it is probably a good idea to always have longs/shorts to hedge and sell longs on moves up and buy back on pullbacks. You lighten up on shorts on pullbacks and increase them on rallies.
So using the Wall Cycle (142 days, 100TDs, 20 weeks) I have tried to provide you a general outlook for the coming year. We should see a bottom by mid January, a top mid to late March, a bottom in early June, a top in mid August, a bottom in mid October and finally a top around Christmas. Now each Wall cycle is composed of quarter Wall cycles (around 25 TDs - a lunar cycle or 22.5TD cycle?) that will give you some shorter time frames for trading. It is those shorter time frames we will look at on a weekly or daily basis.
Keep in mind the longer term bias should be down for 2012 so we could be down 10%, 20% or 50% for the year. Here is a chart (projection) for 2012 of the shorter Wall cycles with Bradley turn dates noted: