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Five Things You Need to Know About the Mr. T Gold Indicator


What you need to know (and what it means)!


Minyanville's daily Five Things You Need to Know to stay head of the pack on Wall Street:

1. About the Mr. T Gold Indicator

  • What is the Mr. T Gold Indicator?
    The Mr. T Gold Indicator is a proprietary technical indicator created by Minyanville to identify and anticipate prospective exhaustion points in the price data for gold. Some technical indicators rely on formulas applied to the price data of a security, but these types of indicators can be very subjective, requiring an analyst to view the signals that are generated within the context of still more indicators! The Mr. T Gold indicator, on the other hand, is completely objective and easy to use. All you have to do is look at Mr. T. What could be easier than that?

  • How Does the Mr. T Gold Indicator Work?
    Good question. The Mr. T Gold Indicator is based on the five squares series of price points using .9444 for downside trend factors and .0556 for upside trend factors, multiplying either .9444 or .5556 by the close of the high (or low) that is referenced by the first series of price objective within the oscillating trend channels. Hahaha! Just kidding (although it would be cool if that really was the Mr. T Gold Indicator formula). The truth, however, is the Mr. T Gold Indicator is simply based on the appearance and popularity of... Mr. T. We have discovered that over the years Mr. T's appearance and popularity is simply a subconscious reminder telling us when the yellow metal has reached an important peak.

  • Surely, you cannot be serious. Do you think I am a fool?
    Look, this morning we awoke pitying the fool; not a specific fool mind you, but just pitying the fool in general; the very idea of foolishness. You know that thing which makes one a fool? We pity it. Whatever it is. And we are not alone. Someone else pities the fool. Do you know who? That's right. Mr. T. pities the fool.

    The reason Mr. T pities the fool is because Mr. T knows his gold. In fact, Mr. T developed his gold-wearing ability during his days as a bouncer, confiscating the gold jewelry of those he kicked out of nightclubs as a symbol of his toughness and virility.

    Mr. T knows human behavior, and he knows gold. So who are you going to believe? Some pinhead precious metals analyst at Bigwig, Doofus and Booyah Securities? Or Mr. T? Shut up fool! You're going to believe first name "Mister", middle name "period", last name "T"!

2. Mr. T Gold Indicator in Action (1982 - 1994)

At this point you are probably thinking, "Quit your jibba jabba." Does the Mr. T Gold Indicator work? How good is the Mr. T Gold Indicator?

Rest assured, the Mr. T Gold Indicator has been weighted, smoothed, eyeballed and thoroughly back-tested for generalish accuracy using both the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Wikipedia (the free, somewhat accurate encyclopedia that anyone can edit, even that guy who works in your building with the weird comb-over and Charlie's Angels lunch box... and the more we think about it, probably especially him!). Let's take a look at the historical accuracy of the Mr. T Gold Indicator.

Gold 1981 -1994

3. Mr. T Gold Indicator in Action (1995 - Present)

Gold 1995 - 2005
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A Fractal-Based Look at the Mr. T Gold Indicator

As you can see, the Mr. T Gold Indicator is a robust tool for identifying high-probability price exhaustion points in gold, both on the upside and the downside. In the above charts we took a long-term view of gold, using the Mr. T Gold Indicator to identify price exhaustion points on a long-term monthly chart.

But what about weekly, daily, even hourly and minute-by-minute charts? Don't give me no back talk, sucka! Naturally, it stands to reason that if the Mr. T Gold Indicator is indeed a robust price exhaustion tool then it should apply to smaller time frames of gold price data. That is, because the gold market is a self-organizing complex system with self-similarity on different time scales, the Mr. T Gold Indicator should be just as useful in these self-similar and subdivided minute time frames as it is on a larger scale. But this must be tested!

As you can see from the chart below, on February 22, 1983 Gold opened very strong as the opening title sequence to the A-Team television show rolled. However, in this episode "Bad Day at Black Rock" (see A on the chart below) Mr. T's character, Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus, is seriously wounded by gunfire. About 15 minutes later after the first commercial break (see B on the chart below) gold begins a brief rebound as The A-Team finds medical attention for B.A. from a small town doctor. However, in the next few minutes, it becomes clear the small-town doctor suspects B.A. may be part of a biker gang returning to rescue their jailed leader. Gold collapses intra-day (see C on the chart below) as the doctor warns the local sheriff of his suspicions. It appears B.A. may be done for, but about 22 minutes later (See D on the chart below) Hannibal is able to convince the sheriff that B.A. is one of the good guys. Gold rebounds by the end of the episode as B.A. recovers and the A-Team helps the sheriff protect the town.

Gold, five-minute intra-day chart, February 22, 1983

5. Updated Mr. T Gold Indicator: NEGATIVE

This brings us to the present. The Mr. T Gold Indicator has now given its second consecutive sell signal since the beginning of the year. Why? How could this happen? Quit your jibba jabba and we'll tell you.

Take a look at this screen shot from the Web site (this is totally serious... we are not making this up) Recognize that face popping out of the Snickers tank? That's right. It's Mr. T, telling us to "Get some nuts!"

Yes, according to New Media Age, Snickers has signed Mr. T to reprise his role as the A-Team's B.A. Baracus in a new advertising campaign. The campaign features a video spot, along with desktop wallpapers and even ringtones. The TV spot can be seen on the web site, and on May 7 visitors will be able to register on the site and ask Mr. T questions.

This double dip of popularity, a Snickers ad campaign along with Mr. T's TV Land network television show, "I Pity the Fool," adds up to just one thing: A strong sell signal for the Mr. T Gold Indicator.

Mr. T Gold Indicator flashing Sell Signal

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