A whipsaw in trading and investment management is when you enter a trend and it almost immediately reverses in the other direction, resulting in a loss.

Whipsaws are a normal part of any trend system because trends do reverse, and sometimes sooner than you expect.

In The stock market trend is being tested I said,

“The breadth thrusts we’ve seen are typical of a new uptrend — unless* it’s a prolonged bear market. *IF this is the early stage of a prolonged bear market that is likely accompanied by a recession, then we’ll see many swings like this as it unfolds along the way.”

The stock index and the most weighted sectors like technology and consumer discretionary are very close to breaking price levels that should be short-term support.

Any further decline will increase the odds the U.S. is in the early stage of a prolonged bear market, which will include many swings up and down of 10 to 20% lasting several weeks.

Such swings lead to whipsaws for many tactical traders as they enter just in time to catch the top, and/or sell just in time the trend reverses in the other direction.

I’ve tactically operated through this many times before over more than two decades, and I’ve historically shown my edge during these conditions.

I have a hunch we’re going to hear the word “whipsaw” a lot in the coming months, so let’s go ahead and kick it off with The Whipsaw Song I had fun with back in April 2008 when Ed Seykota published it.

Give it a listen!

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