- The dollar in yen trading and emerging markets have fallen into neutrality, but the move is as yet unconfirmed and both remain in bull phase (USD/JPY, EEM).
Stocks and Rates
Indicator Exchange-Traded Fund Symbols:
EEM - emerging markets
EUR/USD - euro/dollar currency pair
GLD - gold
JNK - high-yield corporate bonds
QQQQ - Nasdaq 100 index
SPY - S&P 500 index
TLT - Treasury long-term bonds
USD/JPY - dollar/yen currency pair
USO - crude oil
VIX - fear index
- pfe - Location of the polarized fractal efficiency line.
- pps - Person's Proprietary Signal mode.
- trend - Trend of the polarized fractal efficiency line.
Key to the PPS/PFE tables
|+100 and above
|+50 to below 100
|0 to below +50
|below 0 to above -50
|-50 to above -100
PFE/PPS Analytical Tools
The analysis uses an indicator called the polarized fractal efficiency (pfe) technical tool. It employs the fractal math of Benoit Mandelbrot to measure how efficiently move between levels. The higher the efficiency, the more directional the price trend.
The math for the pfe is public knowledge, but it is well above my math knowledge, and so to me is also a black-box signal.
This is a relatively new technical tool, based on fractal math. Investopedia has only a cursory explanation. Wikipedia is silent on the subject. ThinkOrSwim has a fuller explanation.
For confirmation, the analysis uses the daily Person's Proprietary Signal (pps), developed by John Person.
This is a black box signals -- the "proprietary" means that Mr. Person knows how it works under the hood, and I don't. But it has shown a fair degree of success in identifying good entry and exit points, and I find it useful.
PFE/PPS Trading Rules
The polarized fractal efficiency line (pfe) provides the phase change signals (bull or bear), and the Person’s Proprietary Signal (pps) either confirms the change or not.
The pfe trend shows which direction the pfe line is moving and so suggests the likelihood of phase change in the near term.
For this analysis the pfe chart is divided into three sections: Above +50 is bull territory, below -50 is bear territory, and anything in between is neutrality.
Confirmed bull phase means the pfe has risen beyond the +50 line and the pps is in bull mode. The phase ends when the pfe crosses the +50 line into neutrality and the pps moves to bear mode.
Confirmed bear phase means the pfe has fallen beyond the -50 line and the pps is in bear mode. The phase ends when the pfe rises crosses the -50 line into neutrality.
On occasion the pfe will move to 100 or slightly above and flatline for extended periods. Although I code the 100+ extremes in my presentation charts, they have no significance for determining the phase or entering/exiting positions.
The trading rules are to open a long position on confirmed bull phase and close when the phase ends, open a short position on confirmed bear have and close when the phase ends, and have no position when the phase is neutral.
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