V.8:1 (29-30): Stochastics and long-term trends by Thom Hartle

V.8:1 (29-30): Stochastics and long-term trends by Thom Hartle
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Stochastics and long-term trends by Thom Hartle

The price of the bond futures market reacts to changing fundamentals that are global in nature and very complicated—Foreign Central banks' policy on the exchange rate for the dollar, the rate of money supply growth in the United States, the employment situation, our fiscal policy, growth in the import and export sector, the Japanese stock market, the price of oil, international political tensions, just to name a few of the fundamentals ! Day in and day out the marketplace analyzes, discusses, researches and acts on these fundamentals and more.

While there appears to be an overwhelming source of information to dissect, it seems that the large economic forces affecting the price of bonds actually produces very long trends.

One of the indicators that I use to indicate the direction of long-term trends (lasting anywhere from one to three years) and price areas for possible reversals is the stochastics oscillator originated by George Lane. An oscillator typically warns that a trend reversal is developing as price reaches an extreme level. Lane's stochastics oscillator analyzes the relationship between daily closes and their proximity to the high or low for the day.

The positive rising price trend signal occurs when the %K crosses the %D line to the plus side. (See related article, "Stochastics oscillator," on the following page.) A negative, falling price trend exists if the %K is below the %D line. Overbought is the +80 level while oversold is the +20 level (Figure 1 ).

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