How to Trade – Book Review – John Murphy, Intermarket Analysis

The majority of literature that discusses asset allocation linking a number of markets has a heavy dose of macro and microeconomics. Typically, macro-micro relationships require making use of econometric fashions to comprehend the structural linkages between the 2 intertwined fields of economics.  John Murphy removes the laborious statistical strategies whereas retaining the financial logic with chart-primarily based reasoning.

John Murphy was the technical analyst for CNBC-TV for seven years and an expert analyst for over 25 years. His profession consists of time at Merrill Lynch as a Director of Commodity Technical Analysis.  John has his personal consulting agency, JJM Technical Advisors.  He can also be president of MurphyMorris, Inc., which was created to produce academic software program merchandise and on-line companies for traders.

There are satisfactory reader opinions on Amazon and Google Book Search, to enable you to resolve if you’ll get the ebook. For those that have simply began or are about to learn the ebook, I’ve summarized the core ideas within the bigger and important chapters to enable you to get by way of them faster.

The quantity on the fitting of the title of the chapter is the variety of pages contained inside that chapter. It is just not the web page quantity.  The percentages symbolize how a lot every chapter makes up of the 246 pages in whole, excluding appendices.

1.  A Review of the 1980s.  16, 6.50%.

2.  1990 and the First Persian Gulf War.  16, 6.50%.

3.  The Stealth Bear Market of 1994.  18, 7.32%.

4.  The 1997 Asian Currency Crisis and Deflation.  14, 5.69%.

5.  1999 Intermarket Trends Leading to Market Top.  16, 6.50%.

6.  Review of Intermarket Principles.  16, 6.50%.

7.  The NASDAQ Bubble Bursts in 2000.  18, 7.32%.

8.  Intermarket Picture in Spring 2003.  16, 6.50%.

9.  Falling Dollar During 2002 Boosts Commodities.  14, 5.69%.

10.  Shifting from Paper to Hard Assets.  14, 5.69%.

11.  Futures Markets and Asset Allocation.  20, 8.13%.

12.  Intermarket Analysis and the Business Cycle.  20, 8.13%.

13.  The Impact of the Business Cycle on Market Sectors.  18, 7.32%.

14.  Diversifying with Real Estate.  18, 7.32%.

15.  Thinking Globally.  12, 4.88%.

Focus on chapters 3, 7 and 11-14, which makes up about 46% of the ebook. Especially chapters 11-14 are related for sensible buying and selling functions.  Unlike my prior ebook opinions, the place I’ve summarized the important thing factors for every focus chapter, I’ll summarize the important thing factors throughout chapters 3, 7 and 11-14. This is to acknowledge the connectivity of intermarket relationships throughout the Four principal asset courses of Stocks (Equities), Bonds, Currencies and Commodities.  The context of the abstract is to be seen from a retail possibility dealer’s perspective.

Here are the Key Directional Intermarket Relationships in short.

The U.S. Dollar (USD)

  • USD turns up as Bonds rise underneath regular circumstances however Bonds fall throughout deflationary durations. USD turns down as Bonds fall however Bonds rise throughout deflationary durations.
  • USD turns up as Commodities fall.  USD turns down as Commodities rise.
  • USD turns up as Stocks rise however Stocks fall throughout deflationary durations. USD turns down as Stocks fall however Stocks rise throughout deflationary durations.

The USD stays essentially the most liquid of all main traded currencies and maintains its place as the first world reserve forex, regardless of rising sentiment for an alternate basket of currencies to substitute it.


  • Bonds flip up because the USD falls however the USD rises throughout deflationary durations. Bonds flip down because the USD rises however the USD falls throughout deflationary durations.
  • Bonds flip up as Commodities fall.  Bonds flip down as Commodities rise.
  • Bonds flip up as Stocks rise. Bonds lead Stocks and Stocks lag behind Bonds. Bonds flip down as Stocks fall. Again, Bonds lead Stocks and Stocks lag behind Bonds.


  • Commodities flip up because the USD falls.  Commodities flip down because the USD rises.
  • Commodities flip up as Bonds fall. Commodities flip down as Bonds rise.
  • Commodities flip up as Stocks fall. Commodities flip down as Stocks rise.


  • Stocks flip up because the USD rises.  Stocks flip down because the USD falls.
  • Stocks flip up as Bonds rise.  Stocks flip down as Bonds fall. Again, Bonds lead Stocks and Stocks lag behind Bonds.
  • Stocks flip up as Commodities fall.  Stocks flip down as Commodities rise.

Specific to Equities, as you commerce the choices on Sector Indexes of the S&P 500, please pay attention to the correlation versus non-correlation with different fairness and non-fairness traded merchandise. I’m stating in short, the extra generally identified relationships which might be repeatedly elaborated on within the ebook:

  • Changes in Energy (XLE) particularly Oil (OIH, OSX) impacts Semiconductors (SMH, SOX).
  • Utilities (XLU, UTH, UTY) are negatively correlated with Semiconductors (SMH, SOX).
  • With broad-primarily based Equity Indexes, the very best correlation is between Dow Jones and S&P 500.
  • Canada advantages from rallies in oil being the ninth largest producer of crude oil globally.  While Japan, a serious web oil importer suffers. The tickers for this inter-play could be FXC/XDC (Canadian Dollar), FXY/XDN (Japanese Yen) and OIH/OSX (Oil).
  • Gold (XAU, GLD) behaves just like the Australian Dollar (FXA, XDA). Australia is the third largest producer of gold globally.
  • Top three currencies which have the tightest correlations with commodities are the Australian Dollar, the Canadian Dollar and the New Zealand Dollar.
  • Gold/Silver (XAU, GLD) has little or no correlation with different Indices.
  • A deeper understanding of those inter-performs will help you assemble efficient pairs buying and selling strategies.

In conclusion, from a retail possibility dealer’s viewpoint, at all times keep in mind that it’s volatility that you’re buying and selling.  To commerce the volatilities throughout a number of asset courses, use an optionable Index representing that individual asset class.  Remember, Implied Volatility will be added to or decreased out of your portfolio, as not all Asset Classes or Sectors or Individual Companies or Countries transfer up/down in worth ALL on the similar time; and/or, ALL on the similar fee.


This is just not a criticism of the ebook however a private remark.  It doesn’t tackle using Relative Strength as a mechanism to cycle in or cycle out of an asset class, as one asset class weakens or strengthens in opposition to one other asset class.  I’ve written about Relative Strength in one other article, entitled “Stock Option Trading – Fundamental Flaw in Fundamental Analysis and Stock Picking”. Please learn it as a complement to this text.

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Source by Clinton Lee

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