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Weekly S&P500 ChartStorm - Top 10 Charts of 2022
Here's the most popular charts from the Weekly S&P500 ChartStorms of 2022
Welcome to the final Weekly S&P500 #ChartStorm of 2022!
To wave goodbye to the year, I have collated the most popular charts of the year based on a combined ranking of retweets and likes on Twitter. The format is a little different — I have embedded the original tweet so you can see the date, original tweet text, and of course the chart (you can even visit the tweet and see what people were commenting at the time — which in itself can be revealing sometimes!).
Along with that I’ve added some comments as points of reflection in terms of the content, insight at the time, and any remaining relevance going forward. So it should be interesting both in terms of what type of content resonated with people through the year as well as shedding some insight on the big-picture market cycle.
Hope you enjoy!
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1. Market Cycles: This one was interesting because it mapped the market action that was unfolding to the simple textbook stylized market cycle where bonds go down first, then stocks, then commodities. As of the time of writing they’re all basically still going down, but the next step in the perfect world of the textbook market cycle ““should““ be for bonds to turn up...
2. When The Trend is Not Your Friend: I think the most interesting aspect of this one is even just the thought exercise alone of “what happens if stocks don’t just go up long-term?“ — indeed, aside from the 2000-03 bear market, and 08/09 financial crisis, there have been numerous lost decades, as I pointed out the other day — confounding some of the conventional wisdom and sales spin. It also gives us a useful if simple heuristic for risk management.
3. Valuations: So, we can definitely debate the merits of the price-to-sales ratio, but on just about every valuation indicator stocks reached extremely expensive levels — leaving zero margin for error. The unwinding of overstretched valuations was one of the reasons this year was so painful for passive buy and holders.
4. Largest Drawdowns: This one was interesting in terms of putting things in perspective, but also a cautionary in that 2020 was an extreme outlier. The worst bear markets were not sudden crashes, but rather ongoing processes of grinding demoralizing pain and frustration.
5. Earnings Watch-Out(look): The first wave of the bear market in stocks was geopolitics, inflation shocks, and Fed tightening, the second wave likely is driven more by economic recession risks and earnings downside. This chart provided advance warning in that respect.
6. Under The Surface: There was (and still is?) much debate as to whether 2022 is/was a bear market. But this chart made it obvious that below the surface of the headline market indexes, a bear market was clearly underway.
7. Stocks vs Bonds: One of the unusual things about this year was how both stocks and bonds suffered. Indeed, despite the down move in stocks, this version of the stock/bond ratio reached new (extreme/bubbly) highs. It begs the question as to whether 2023 or beyond might see bonds turn the tides on this chart.
8. Asset Deflation: Continuing that comment, if there was any term to sum up the year in markets it would be “Wealth Destruction“. Stocks down, bonds down, crypto down, house prices starting to drop… and that’s in nominal terms (much worse in inflation-adjusted terms).
9. Margin Call: Interesting chart in its own right, and intriguing how it seemed to flash the same warning signs as the last two major downturns, but of course any time you make reference to 00/01 and 08/09 people are going to pay attention!
10. Monetary Tides Going Out: When the monetary tides were coming in (or more like a monetary (+fiscal) tsunami!) just about every asset and market went up and we saw throngs and multitudes of bull market geniuses pounding their chests. Not so much enthusiasm now that the monetary tides are going out. In hindsight, it was never going to end well for markets.
But not to leave you on a grim note: these things go in cycles: know the cycle, love the cycle, embrace the cycle, and the cycle will be your friend and not your enemy.
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