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Further to my post of August 6, the SPX continued to rally to top out in September about 100 points shy of an upside target of 3033, but exceeded its first target of 2900, as shown on the following updated monthly chart. The high was 2940.91 and I doubt we’ll see that matched before the end of December.
Since then, and as of Friday’s close, the SPX has plummeted and it came within eight points of reaching its first major support level of 2400, as I described in my post of December 17.
Tom Sosnoff and I have had a working relationship for over twenty years. On the surface, he and I couldn’t be more different. As product-makers, however, we share a tremendous amount in common.
For those of you not acquainted with Tom, he is the widely-heralded options trader who created the thinkorswim platform (selling it to Ameritrade for over $600 million) who then went on to create tastytrade (where I broadcast a show daily), and, most recently, a new brokerage focused on options trading called tastyworks(yeah, Tom likes the name “tasty” as well as lowercase nouns).
Years ago, people assumed I was really good in math, because I got mixed up in microcomputers starting in 1979. For some reason, people thought computer geeks were math wizards. I wasn’t. I was a writer, as I am to this day. So metaphors, not math, are more my thing.
A few days ago, one came to mind which struck me as particularly good, so I thought I would share it. So join me on a mental model which I think will help explain the past nine years.