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Elliott Waves In Motion

The Elliott Wave Principle

The Elliott Wave Principle is a detailed description of how markets behave. The description reveals that mass investor psychology swings from  pessimism to optimism and back in a natural sequence,  reating specific patterns in price movement. 
Each pattern has implications regarding the position of the market within its overall progression,  past,  present  and  future. 

The purpose of this publication and its associated services is to outline the progress of markets in terms of the Elliott Wave Principle and to educate interested parties in the successful application of the Elliott Wave Principle. This is probably the most comprehensive trading education on how to project high probability time and price targets based on Elliott Wave pattern structure.Under the Wave Principle, every market decision is both produced by meaningful information and produces meaningful information. Each transaction, while at once an effect,  enters the fabric of the market and, by communicating transactional data to investors, joins the chain of causes of others' behavior. This feedback loop is governed by man's social nature, and since he has such a nature, the process generates forms. 

As the forms are repetitive, they have predictive value. Sometimes the market appears to reflect outside conditions and events, but 
at other times it is entirely detached from what most people assume are causal conditions. The reason is that the market has a law of its own. It is  not propelled by the linear causality to which one becomes accustomed in the everyday experiences of life. Nor is the market the cyclically rhythmic machine that some declare it to be. Nevertheless, its movement reflects a structured formal progression. That progression unfolds in waves. Waves are patterns of directional movement. More specifically, a wave is any one 
of the patterns that naturally occur under the Wave Principle. 

A Power Law in the Stock Market

R.N. Elliott's depiction of the progress of the stock market unequivocally implied that while larger stock market reactions occur less often than small ones, they do not occur less often relative to the size of advances that precede them, but in fact just about as often. In other words, Elliott implied that the stock market follows a power law.  In 1995, Boston University physicists Gene Stanley and Rosario Mantegna found that the fluctuations in the Standard & Poor's Composite index of the 500 highest capitalized stocks do follow a power law. This particular power law is a Levy stable law (named after a French mathematician of the early 20th century), which produces a bell curve with "extended wings," indicating that far- from - normal fluctuations in terms of size occur a bit more often than they would if they followed a one-to-one relationship to the duration of the data sample. Figure 2-16, from Mantegna and  Stanley's article in Nature, demonstrates that the S&P's fluctuations are quite uniform throughout the time scale, from 1 minute to 1000 minutes. This finding is consistant with the added wrinkle that large fluctuations , at least in this data example, occurred a bit more often than smaller ones relative to the time intervals between them. Levy laws also govern birds' flying and landing patterns, drips from leaky faucets, the wanderings of ants, and fluctuations in cotton prices and heartbeats.Stanley is applying the behavioral similarities of complex systems to understanding landscape  formations, traffic patterns, Alzheimer's disease and the behavior of neutron stars. Like fractals, power laws suffuse nature.
(The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior, p.44, Prechter 1999) 


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The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior
And The New Science of Socionomics 

by Robert R. Prechter Jr., 1990


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Renowned financier Bernard Baruch, who was as close to markets as anyone, 
saw a connection between economic trends and the herding impulse of animals.
He also understood the crucial importance of that knowledge to a correct social

All economic movements, by their very nature, are motivated by crowd psychology. 
Without due recognition of crowd thinking... our theories of economics leave much 
to be desired... It has always seemed to me that the periodic madnesses which afflict
mankind must reflect some deeply rooted trait in human nature - a trait akin to the 
force that motivates the migration of birds or the rush of lemmings to the sea..
It is a force wholly impalpable.. yet, knowledge of it is necessary to right judgements 
on passing events




The Faddishness and Unreliability of Purported Economic 
and Financial Relationships

This section undertakes a cursory review of the role that conventional economic discourse has played in influencing investors' views of what data is helpful in stock market forecasting. It should give you an idea of how lacking is a coherent framework from which to reason. Throughout most of the 1980s, stock market watchers waited in fear 
of the weekly money supply report.It was widely and firmly believed that this figure would determine the course of the stock prices. When that fixation died, the bond market became the key. Every tick in bonds was scrutinized for foreknowledge of the next short-term move in stocks. Later came the insistence that the near-term trend of the 
U.S. Dollar held the answer to where stocks would go.In every case, economists had ready detailed explanations of the causal relationship involved. Investors abandoned
each focus as readily as they assumed it, the difference being the lack of any explanation for doing so and the lack of any notice that there wasn't one. 

How did each of these points of focus fare as keys to market behavior? The popular argument concerning the money supply was that a „high“ figure is bearish because  it might result in higher interest rates, which are bad for stocks. The only thing contracting this conventional wisdom is the fact, that the money supply roared throughout the 1980s bull market, and when the increases finally slowed, the market crashed. In other words, the correlation was the opposite of what popular economics wisdom supposed. 
The „bond market indicator“ became very popular by the mid-1980s on the theory that the since declining interest rates are bullish for stocks and vice versa, and since everyone knows this, then every movement in U.S. T-bond futures prices would translate into a movement in the same direction in the stock market. In other words, a rise in bond prices means a drop in interest rates, which means less competition for stocks, which means stocks go up. The daily and weekly trends of stocks and bonds began to diverge about the time this relationship was popularized. They became almost entirely disconnected for months during mid-1987, when the most money was being bet on their prior lock-step relationship. Soon, daily commentators forget about the whole idea. 

The dollar's value was the next point of focus. The dollar had risen from 1979 to 1985. It was first viewed as a welcome event, evidence that inflation might be slowing and the U.S. Was becoming strong again in the eyes of the world. Then economists said the dollar was „to high“ because its value was supposedly hurting exports. Stock market followers initially welcomed the decline in the price of the dollar that began in 1985. that trend was dramatic and persistant as well, so it created full-blown worry by early 1987 that it had gone „too far,“ and what was worse, there had been little change in exports. All this hand wringing amounted to naught. 

Throughout this  time and despite huge oscillations in the price of the dollar relative to other currencies, the DJIA continued to advance as if nothing about the dollar mattered to it. This was in fact the case. Eventually, people stopped watching the dollar, too. What do these fixations have in common ? First, they reveal a desire among investors to have one simple indicator of the future course of stock prices. Second, not one of them is an indicator derived from market activity itself, each one is from outside the market and simply presumed to have an impact upon it. Third, all have apparently logical implications. Fourth, intense scrutiny of each one of these „key figures“ was in fact counter- productive to
a correct assessment of the trend of the stock market. All served to keep investors' eyes off the ball. Finally, each new key-relationship claim appeared at first blush to sound reasonable, but it was never connected to enough, or any, history. Indeed, none of them was the least bit investigated, as in each case, a brief glance at a graph would have instantly debunkedthe claim. Nobody, it seems, ever bothered to look.  [The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior, 1999, Robert R.Prechter jr.] 



Direction, Volatility and Duration Do Not Determine the Source of Sociological Motive

Obscure NYSE rule to curb panicky trading lights up the Internet Robert Schiller polled individual and institutional investors about why they sold stocks on October 19,1987. Most of them admitted candidly that „they sold because others were selling,“ they were herding. It is welcome to have research telling us that the crash of 1987 was a „psychological event.“ However, no one ever thinks to poll investors about why they had bought stocks relentlessly throughout the preceding year. 

If any pollster did ask, the truth would be exactly the same, but he would find little honesty about that fact because in rising markets, people have plenty of time to let their neocortexes formulate all kinds of rationalizations for herding action. Panic is a faster-acting emotion than hope, and the neocortex is often stumped in coming up with an explanation for it.  One of my favorite quotes in this regard, undoubtedly rusehd out near press time, is this one from  The Wall Street Journal: „The U.S. Dollar continued 
to decline yesterday despite economic news that could have been bullish for the currency if traders' mood weren't so bearish." 

Market commentators often blame a declining trend on herding, but they virtually never ascribe a rising trend to herding. This convention is displayed so often that all one need
do is read the papers for a few days to find an example. On June 2,1998, the Dow Jones News Service quoted a brokerage firm's director of investment strategy after a few weeks of price decline in a broad list of technology stocks as follows: „The herd mentality is taking over.“ That is to say, herd mentalitiy had nothing to do with the multi-year buying binge on all-time record volume producing all-time record valuation for technology stocks, that, we are to presume , was all fueled by the rational decision-making of independently minded individuals. On June 15,1998, the morning after the intraday low of a correction in that index , USA Today, parroting economists, repeated, „the drop is based more on psychology than fundamentals.“ A mere six trading days after that assessment was published, the NDX rocketed to a new all-time high. Once again, no experts claimed that that the rise was due to psychology . As always, they found adequate „fundamentals“ to explain the leap. 

When the stock market opened deep in the red early Tuesday morning, investors frantically searched for explanations, as they tend to do during times like these. 
Is it China again? How long will this volatility last? 
Will the Fed do anything to fix it? Sell everything? Buy everything? Throw your arms up in despair! marketwatch.com, Sep 01,2015

[The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior, 1999, p.395-396, Robert R. Prechter jr.] 

Financial Man is Not the Same as Economic Man

It is univerally presumed that the primary law of economics, i.e., that price is a function of supply and demand, also rules finance.However, human behavior with respect to prices of investments is, in a crucial way, the opposite of that with respect to prices of goods and services. When the price of a good or service rises, fewer people buy it, and when its price falls, more people buy it. This response allows pricing to keep supply and demand in balance. In contrast, when the price of an investment rises, more people buy it, and when its price falls, fewer people buy it. This behavior is not an occasional financial market anomaly; it always happens. Look at back at Figure 7-3, the graph of the dollar-valued trading volume in the U.S. stock market divided by the prevailing gross domestic product. As you can see, volume expands as stock prices rise and contracts as they fall. In economicmatters, rising prices repel buyers; in investment matters, rising prices attract buyers. 

This difference is not incidental; it is fundamental. Many market theorists argue that the law of supply and demand operates in finance but is simply "suspended" for periods of time because people "overreact" and "rationalize" with "elaborate arguments"  why they should pay up for investments. The difference between any such idea and what happens in markets for goods and services is irreconcilable by conventional economic theory. People never act  in any such way with respect to goods and services. Most investors can quickly rationalize selling an investment because its price is falling or buying it because its price is rising, but there is not a soul who desperately rationalizes doing with less bread because the price is falling or who drives his car twice as much because the price of gasoline has doubled. In economic behavior the law of supply and demand does not lie dormant ever. It is like the law of gravity; it works all the time. It cannot "fail to apply," even temporarily. Prices are the balance beam from which the scales of supply and demand hang. Changes in buying patterns are virtually instantaneous in responding to price changes for bread, cars, TV's and shoes.

In the same way, investment behavior has its own law; the Wave Principle. This law governs unconscious, logical, individual economic decision-making. The former law governs prices for intangible values, whether associated with tangible goods or not; the latter law governs prices for utilitarian tangibles. Attempting to apply the law of supply and demand to investment markets is akin to attempting to apply the laws of physics to falling in love. They do not pertain.


The law of supply and demand always produces practical behavior in the realm of economics. 

The Wave Principle (despite its apparent value for life and progress per se) produces impractical behavior in the realm of finance. In the product marketplace, 
the rational goal of survival leads to price stability and objectivity. In the investment marketplace, prerational impulses of survival lead to wild overvaluation and undervaluation. Time and again, observers, particularly those who understand the iron law of economics, complain that the stock market's action appears unreasonable. That observation is wholly correct. The decision to buy into rising prices and sell into falling prices is not governed by the reasoning neocortex but by the unconscious herding impulse, which generates inappropriate behavior in the financial realm as part of a generalized attempt to enhance the odds of survival. It is baffling only to those who insist that "supply and demand" rule finance.

It is not that reasonableness in finance is utterly absent; we are not talking about irrationality. People who invest in markets know through cold reason that they value their own lives and prosperity. Those who buy in bull markets are following the very reasonable desire to enhance their sustenance, while those who sell in bear markets are following the very reasonable desire to survive. Unfortunately, the portion of the brain that generates unconscious urges directs their behavior in this regard. The primitive mechanism employed is so inappropriate to the situation that insteadt of enhanced success, it produces guaranteed failure. 

Because these desires per se are rational, they work just fine in the world of goods and services. In the product marketplace, the consumer wants prices lower while the producer wants them higher, and for the same fundamental reasons: survival and self sustenance. The process of mediating these identical goals between polarized dealers produces an objective, natural balance expressed as price.

In the world of investments, however, the consumer (who buys it) and producer (who creates and wants to sell more of it)  both want prices higher.  Rather than become excited to buy as prices rise. Since desire and hope are entirely on the side of price rise, only fear and despair can be on the side of price decline.  Thus, when prices fall, investors are pressured past endurance to sell.  Both of these impulses are contrary to the way consumers  behave with  respect  to goods and services. The dynamics of the Wave Principle underlie financial markets and lead to nonobjective valuation. Individual investors who desire to be objective in financial speculation face the inescapable requiremnt of understanding that fact and its implications.

(The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior, Frost & Prechter jr. , 1999, p.393-395) 





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There is a high degree of risk in trading. 

The Elliott Wave Principle is a detailed description of how markets behave. The description reveals that mass investor psychology swings from  
pessimism to optimism and back in a natural sequence, creating specific patterns in price movement.Each pattern has implications regarding  the 
position of the market within its overall progression , past, present and future. The purpose of this publication and its associated services is  to 
outline the progress of markets in  terms of the Elliott Wave Principle and to educate interested partiesin the successful application of the Elliott 
Wave Principle. This is probably the most comprehensive trading education on how to project high probability time & price targets based  on
 Elliott Wave pattern structure.