The indicators that MarketTiming uses are trend-following, or lagging, indicators.
To generate ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ signals for its share or rotation strategies MarketTiming uses the following technical indicators, definitions for which are provided by www.investopedia.com. The mix of indicators used for each strategy and the precise specifications for each indicator remain confidential to MarketTiming.
These indicators are widely recognised in technical literature, books and websites on share market trading and most are available on sophisticated share market charting platforms.
The first two technical indicators are ‘directional’ and therefore best suited for trending markets where prices are moving generally up or generally down. The next six indicators are primarily ‘momentum’ indicators which are most suited to ranging or sideways markets where peaks and troughs occur at roughly the same price. The RSI, Elder ray, KST and Coppock indicators are also useful for flagging when a trending market is over-stretched negatively or positively thereby warranting a shift to a more active mode (within a conservative timing strategy) in order to catch any market reversal early.
Trailing stop loss limits apply to the Conservative share strategy. It only comes into play if other indicators are slow in generating a ‘Sell’ signal in a plunging market.
For the Rotation strategy the stop loss limit is when an ETF’s positive price momentum (scored over several time frames) turns negative since there is no point in holding it thereafter.
We do not use qualitative or discretionary judgment to override the objective signal results of our Conservative market timing models based on our chosen technical indicators. Rather, our approach is always to allow the technical indicators to mechanically generate Buy and Sell signals without human bias.