The GWM investment style can best be described as "Trend Following". We scan the market to identify company stocks and ETFs that are in uptrends. We use Brian Shannon's AlphaScanner to screen over 6,000 stocks. The AlphaScanner provides us with three different ways or time frames with which we can evaulate the trend of the market, a stock or an individual ETF. I will discuss the Weekly Timeframe in this post.
Weekly Time frame - The longer-term and dominant trend -
The weekly trend is useful because it filters out the daily noise of the market. Additionally, we use moving averages to further smooths out price fluxuations, making trend verification easier.
Stocks do not go up in a straight line. Fluxuation is normal and should be expected.
Stock price movement or market structure can be categorized into 4 stages:
- Accumulation Stage
- Markup Stage
- Distribution Stage
- Decline Stage
Stage 2 or Markup phase. Our current holdings (minus mutual funds) are listed below along with their current weekly, daily and intraday stages.
Click on the text link below to view a graphic explaining the above concepts.