Blitz Index Update
What is it?
Over the last month or so, the stock market had a modest gain before consolidating. In other words, markets were up going into last month but then volatility declined so markets didn’t move up or down abruptly. Since the writing of our last Blitz Index update, the rise in stock prices adjusted the Blitz Index score from zero out of ten to be two out of ten.* Even at that score the Blitz Index suggests to be completely out of the market.
Three components of the Blitz Index maintain a score of zero points. Those are impacted by: adjustments in interest rates, actions by the Federal Reserve, and consumer debt. Interest rates remained higher and the Fed continued its fight against inflation. Consumers also had higher debt in the latest monthly data than they did a year ago.**
Why does it matter?
With a current score of two, if conditions change then the Blitz Index could be signaling for us to get further invested. However, if markets struggle and prices drop on a week to week basis, then we could move back to a score of zero.
With the Fed meeting this Wednesday, there is a possibility that they could lower interest rates. While that is not expected, we are cognizant that the unexpected can still happen. We are not making any large adjustments to the portfolios before the Fed Meeting on Wednesday. We are confident in our current positioning and our ability to adjust portfolios as conditions change.
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*WSJ. “Value Line Geometric Index”. 5/1/2023. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/VALUG/historical-prices
**St. Louis Fed. “Non-revolving Consumer Credit Owned and Securitized”. 5/1/2023. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/data/NONREVNS.txt
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