‘Tis the Season for Mobile Payments

Black Friday weekend is here and the holiday shopping season is just getting started. While I have no clue which retailers will be the big winners or losers this season, the mobile payments industry is likely to be a big winner. Mobile payments are expected to exceed $300 billion this year and $400 billion next year (Source: BI Intelligence).

Sounds like a high-growth industry that could use an ETF. And there just happens to be one: the Mobile Payments ETF (IPAY). IPAY debuted in July 2015 at 24.95, dipped below 20 in February 2017 and then went on a tear. The ETF exceeded 40 in September 2018 and touched 50 in July 2019. IPAY is currently trading around 49 and has pretty much double since its debut.

Now let’s put industry fundamentals, or biases, aside and look at the price chart. IPAY looks bullish because it just ended a corrective phase and broke out to signal a resumption of its bigger uptrend. The chart below shows the ETF hitting new highs in July and then correcting back to the rising 40-week SMA in September-October. Notice that this decline retraced around two thirds (66.67%) of the prior move and returned to broken resistance, which turned support. This looks like a classic two steps forward and one step backward sequence with another step forward beginning.

IPAY firmed above the rising 40-week SMA for four weeks and then broke out in mid November (3 weeks ago). The breakout signals an end to the correction and a resumption of the bigger uptrend. As such, I would expect a move above the July high in the coming weeks. The indicator window confirms the upturn as the PPO(5,30,5) turned up and moved above its signal line the last two weeks. ‘Tis the season for momentum in mobile payments!

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