Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector® Strategy Update May 26, 2022


Trade Date: May 26, 2022

Based on the May 26, 2022 model updates, the Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector® with Catastrophic Stop strategy has taken a defensive position. Equity exposure was reduced to approximately 50% due to the Catastrophic Stop model turning bearish.

Financial markets have experienced increased volatility this year due to geopolitical conflict, inflationary pressures, tightening monetary policy, and elevated valuations. The Catastrophic Stop model processes these macro influences in multiple ways: For example, high yield option-adjusted spreads have widened and the trend is currently showing no signs of reversing. Also, the transports industry, which measures the health of the economy based on the movement of goods and people, has rolled over. Finally, none of the model’s technical indicators, which track how the market is processing macro influences, are bullish. The indicator weakness spans relative strength, trend, breadth, and volume supply/demand. In aggregate, the NDR Catastrophic Stop model’s message is one of caution.

There are two paths the market could take:

  1.  If the current Catastrophic Stop signal proves correct, the recent relief rally would likely fade into a retest of the lows, ultimately reaching levels of extremely pessimistic sentiment consistent with bear markets that have occurred concurrently with recessions. At that point, our models would then monitor for signs of significant capitulation. Once capitulation is confirmed, we would require signs of trend reversal. Historically, that confirmation would be signaled by improving demand statistics alongside breadth thrust indicators and increasing fund flows. Should this occur, our view is that it would likely set the stage for a second-half rally.

  2. If the current Catastrophic Stop signal is incorrect, we likely have already seen a retest of the lows and the market would continue to push higher from here. The short-term trend and breadth measures should switch from bearish to bullish, returning the model to a fully invested state.

There are two sides to every strategy: when to sell and when to buy. The other side of this strategy is that we seek to get reinvested as soon as the models show risks have abated and the potential for reward has improved. Whether it takes one day, one week, one month, or several quarters, the Ned Davis Research models will guide our investment path.

For now, this weight-of-the-evidence approach suggests caution until the indicator evidence changes.

This strategy utilizes measures of price, valuation, economic trends, monetary liquidity, and market sentiment to make objective, unemotional, rational decisions about how much capital to place at risk, as well as where to place that capital.

Please give us a call if you would like to discuss in more detail.

Donald L. Hagan, CFA®

Arthur S. Day

Regan Teague, CFA®, CFP®

P. Arthur Huprich, CMT

For more information, please contact:

Day Hagan Asset Management

1000 S. Tamiami Trl

Sarasota, FL 34236

Toll Free: (800) 594-7930

Office Phone: (941) 330-1702


  • The Smart Sector® with Catastrophic Stop strategy combines two Ned Davis Research quantitative investment strategies: The NDR Sector Allocation and the NDR Catastrophic Stop.


  • The fund begins by overweighting and underweighting the S&P 500 sectors based on Ned Davis Research’s proprietary sector models.

  • Each of the sector models utilize sector-specific, weight-of-the-evidence composites of fundamental, economic, technical, and behavioral indicators to determine each sector’s probability of outperforming the S&P 500.

  • Sectors are weighted relative to benchmark weightings.


  • The model remains fully invested unless the Ned Davis Research Catastrophic Sell Stop (CSS) model is triggered, whereupon the equity-invested position is trimmed to 50%.

  • The NDR Catastrophic Sell Stop model combines time-tested, objective indicators designed to identify periods of high risk for the broad U.S. equity market.  The model uses price-based, breadth, deviation from trend, fundamental, economic, interest rate, behavioral and volatility-based indicator composites.


  • When the NDR CSS model moves back to bullish levels, indicating lower risk, the strategy immediately moves back to fully invested.

Originally published by Day Hagan on 26 May, 2022.

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