Market Commentary  26082
July, 2017 Data:

Part 1

The 12 month forecast for the Hang Seng Index is in the table at the top of this
page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Hang Seng Stock Index of 28866.
The table shows a HDTFA of 4774 which suggests that the August, 2018 Hang
Seng could easily close anywhere between 33641 and 24092. Links to
Forecasts for twenty-two other stock indexes may be found by clicking Stock
Market Forecast at the top of any page.

An updated primary trend forecast for the U.S. Stock Market is provided to
subscribers only. A time delayed primary trend forecast is provided to non
subscribers. Artificial Intelligence is used to forecast major turning points in the
broad U.S. Stock Market. The forecast is either a Bull Market Signal (up) or a
Bear Market Signal (down). This mathematical system performed very well in a
one hundred year backtest and also in real time since going live in 2005. To get
the forecast signal for the broad U.S Stock Market, click Stock Market Forecast
at the top of any page. Then select the Bull Market & Bear Market Forecast.

Forecast-Chart.com publishes a Ten Year Forecast for the Hang Seng Stock
Index. The Ten Year Forecast estimates the probability that the Hang Seng
equity index will achieve certain gain or loss benchmarks at a point in time ten
years in the future. For example, look at the top line of the table immediately
below this paragraph. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a probability of 5%
that the Hang Seng Index will be down at least 20% in 10 years (July, 2027
close compared to July, 2017 close).

Down at least 20%          5%
Down at least 10%          6%
Down                               7%
Up                                   93%
Up at least 10%               90%
Up at least 20%               89%
Up at least 30%               88%
Up at least 40%               88%
Up at least 50%               84%
Up at least 100%             70%
Up at least 150%             51%
Up at least 200%             25%

Over 110 YEARS of historical data was used to calculate the probabilities in the
table above.  Dividends are not included. So you must add expected dividends
to the forecasted gain to estimate the total return for the equities represented
by this index.  Each month, new data is entered into the forecasting model and
the Hang Seng is assigned a rank from 1 to 10. The best rank is 10 and the
worst is 1. That ranking determines the Ten Year Forecast for the Hang Seng
Stock Index . The data used in the forecasting model is updated monthly and
may change the forecast, particularly after substantial movements in the Hang
Seng. The latest ranking of the Hang Seng Index is 8. Forecast-Chart.com
publishes a 10 Year Forecast for 12 of the 23 stock market indexes covered at
Forecast-Chart.com. The index with the highest probability of gaining over
200% in the next 10 years is the S&P TSX Index. The indexes with the lowest
probability of gaining over 200% in the next 10 years are the S&P SmallCap
600, S&P MidCap 400,  Russell 2000, NASDAQ 100 and the Dow Industrial
Average. To see these forecasts, click the Stock Market Forecast link at the top
of any page, then select the index you are interested in. The forecast for the
Hang Seng Index is designed for Hong Kong Dollar based investors . Returns
for investors not based in the Hong Kong Dollar will be affected by currency

The last time that the Hang Seng Stock Index received the best rank (10) was
5/2016, when the Hang Seng Index closed at 20794. The last time that the
Hang Seng Stock Index received a rank of 9 was 5/2017, when the Hang Seng
Index closed at 25765. The last time that the Hang Seng Stock Index received
the worst rank (1) was 10/2007, when the Hang Seng Index closed at 31638.
The last time that the Hang Seng Stock Index received a rank of 2 was 11/2007,
when the Hang Seng Index closed at 27371. Last month's close for the Hang
Seng Stock Index is in the Market Highlights section below.

Part 2

All Time High                          31353 (September, 2007)
July, 2017 close                     27563
Decline From All Time High     12%
10 Year Return                       15%
5 Year Low                             19112 (January, 2016)
Gain From 5 Year Low            44%

The highest all time monthly close in the Hang Seng Index was 31353 in
September, of 2007. The July, 2017 close was 27563. That's a decline of 3790
points or 12% below the Hang Seng Stock Index all time high.  The Hang Seng
Index is up 15% over the last 10 years. It has gained 20% over the last 12

The July close was 238.69 points higher than the June, 2017 close of 27324,
resulting in a 0.87% rise in July.

The 5 year market low for the Hang Seng Stock Index was 19112 in January of
2016. The July, 2017 close at 27562.679688 represents a 44% gain since
January, 2016.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the Hang Seng back to June,
1987. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the Hang Seng
Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Hang Seng Stock
Index. For links to longer term charts, look at the links under the five year chart
(above). One link opens a ten year chart. Another opens our longest term
graph on the Hang Seng Index. Just one glance at our long term charts can
provide tremendous insight into the historical trends of the financial markets.
The table above presents historical data on the Hang Seng Stock Index
categorized by the months of the calendar.

Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 1986 - 2017: Hang Seng Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
1 Year                     20% / 65th                  116% / 11% / -55%
2 Year                     27% / 61st                  177% / 22% / -42%
4 Year                     27% / 51st                  319% / 49% / -37%
8 Year                     40% / 34th                  568% / 106% / -28%
16 Year                   149% / 49th               676% / 223% / 11%

How do you read the table?
For example: Rolling 2 year period returns are shown on the second row. In the
latest rolling 2 year period, (8/2015 - 7/2017), the Hang Seng Index returned
27%. That period scored in the 61st percentile, meaning that it scored better
than 61% of all rolling 2 year periods since 1986. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 1986 returned 177%. The worst returned -42%. The average rolling 2
year period returned 22%.

What is a rolling period?
It's an overlapping period in a data base. For example: In the 2 year period
included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12 Month Periods. The
first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February, 2000 -
January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 Month Period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
December, 2001.

How is this information useful?
Best and worst case scenarios may be estimated based on historical facts.
Also, the relationship of the periods is sometimes very helpful. Suppose that the
worst rolling 8 year period in the last 50 years returned -30%. Suppose also
that the latest 4 year period has returned -50%. Market psychology at this point
may be one of great fear or possibly even panic. If the market stays flat for 4
more years, it will break the 8 year decline record by a whopping 20%! (-50%
minus -30% equals -20%.)  50 plus year records are not often broken. That
provides reason to hope that the market will recover that 20% over the next 4
years. If it does, then the 8 year loss will be 30%. The longest index histories
are found in the DJIA, FTSE 100 with FT 30, DJTA, DJUA, S&P 500, & NASDAQ

The number of periods in each category for the Hang Seng Index are as follows:
1 Year: 356
2 Year: 344
4 Year: 320
8 Year: 272
16 Year: 176

Dividends are not included.

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Monthly close for the Hang Seng Stock Index is plotted in gray. The forecast for the target month is
shown in green. See other links related to this stock index below.
Hang Seng Stock Index - 5 Year History
Hang Seng Stock Index Forecast (Hong Kong)
Target Month
Forecast for the monthly close of the Hang
Seng Stock Index for the target month indicated.
Aug 2018
Updated Friday, September 8, 2017.
Hang Seng Stock Market Index Forecast
Hang Seng Index Forecast
Hang Seng: Historical Monthly Change
Over the last 20 years, certain months have typically performed better than others. The
average monthly return for each calender month over the last 20 years is shown
above. Dividends are not included.
Stock Market Forecast: Hang Seng Stock Index