COT data has been instrumental in guiding us and helping us navigate market conditions during a bull and bear market. The latest COT data is quite alarming, and has our full attention going forward.
Long time readers are familiar with this chart, and it is self explanatory.
But for newcomers, here is a detailed breakdown:
- a bull market attracts speculators and the net long positions at both tops and bottoms are significantly higher of those in a bear market. Common sense.
- the price spike in 2016 attracted a record crowd with 280k net long positions at the 2016 summer top, giving us hope that a new bull market was in progress.
- however, the sharp sell off into Dec reduced the net long positions to 96k, which was much lower than average bull market value at bottoms.
- since Dec, prices have recovered about half, while net long positions only reached 164k, which is a bear market value.
COT data this week shows a sharp pull back, confirming a peak in speculation, with the peak at bear market value.
The speculation in silver is even more alarming.
Net long positions reached 95k this week, barely lower than the recovery peak of last summer, and yet the price of silver is 10% below that peak.
Speculators in silver also retreated this week, confirming the previous week as a speculative peak.
We have been monitoring COT data for the past seventeen years, and by observing speculative activities, it has helped us to identify the speculative values of a bull and bear market. The latest data has alerted us to the potential return to a bear market. Caution is advised.