Market Update: March 2021

FTSE 100 big picture update

Market Update for the 20th March 2021. In this update we would like to talk more about FTSE scenario 2 but before we do it is important to say that ALL SCENARIOS are still possible but over the next week it is highly likely that we will be able to rule whether scenario 1 is still “on the cards”.

We would also like to reiterate that we do not look at the #FTSE100 in isolation. We look at where long term money flows may move whether it’s stock, bonds, commodities or any form of derivative and how the #FTSE may move with these money flows.

When analysing other markets we can see “nerves creeping in” – stock markets are not retracing “naturally” as there are few other markets for newly created money to “flow into” which will earn a return on capital. This will change when interest rates rise (and they will).

All of our “bigger picture” work shows a change in money flow will occur this year and the 3 most likely scenarios we have show this correction beginning between now and June. We may be incorrect but because we look at a number of markets we are in a “well informed” position. Our analysis therefore enables us to set “low risk” entry points and experienced traders can set a very strong stop/ limit ratio.

Getting back to Scenario 2.

We have a short target zone of 7005 to 7250 to occur early to mid April. This is up to a 7.8% increase in the market in less than a month’s time. This has occurred 12 times in the past 3 years (#GBPUSD adjusted) with most occurrences being in the last 12 months.

FTSE 100 Big Picture Update

Therefore this scenario is highly plausible.

However it is imperative that you understand that most of these rises have resulted in a continuation of growth for several months. As a result, if scenario 2 is hit, traders should consider that scenario 3 may ultimately play out.

The importance of #GBPUSD.

Many FTSE investors and traders don’t appreciate the impact of the #GBPUSD on the #FTSE100. Understanding this is imperative as once you do, you are in a position to better understand if it will cause the #FTSE100 to lag (as it has recently) or whether it will “boost” the FTSE.

If our #GBPUSD scenario (2) holds true then we expect #GBPUSD to fall to 1.34 or below. This effectively gives the #FTSE a boost of at least 2% – depending on what you believe the impact on the constituent companies to be. As a result the FTSE should overperform other stock indices if scenario 2 plays out.

GBPUSD Forecast update March 2021
GBP USD Update March 2021

It’s important to highlight that the dollar doesn’t impact other indices to the same extent – e.g. the #DAX where the companies are more “inward looking”.

DAX

We have a wide target zone on the DAX on 15090 to 15430.

DAX forecast March 2021
DAX update March 2021

NASDAQ

We believe that a high is now in place for the #NASDAQ if scenario (2) plays out. Our target zone for a short entry is 13650 to 13875.

NASDAQ update March 2021

S&P 500

We are targeting around 4150 for the #SPX in April but we are not convinced that will be a market top and we can certainly see a scenario occurring where this Index is pushed up even higher (after a retrace) to hit a new high in June. This could be a driver for #FTSE Scenario (3) or simply a drag on FTSE Scenario (2) decline.

SPX Forecast update March 2021
S&P 500 update March 2021

RUSSELL 2000

We see the RUT getting to around 2255 if scenario 2 plays out. Very much like the #SPX it could have another run up towards June (after a retrace).

March big update Russell
Russell 2000 update March 2021

DOW JONES

We have a target zone from 33700 to just over 34000 for the #DOW.

Remember all of these targets are based upon the FTSE 100 scenario (2) playing out. The reason we are publishing this is the trends and short term cycles on these markets are now aligning very nicely with scenario 2. Currently we see scenario (2) and (3) having the same level of probability as each other.

Dow Jones forecast update March 2021

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