Baseline Analytics Blog

Market risk assessment tools and tactical investment opportunities driven by curated financial insight

State of the Extremes as Equities Challenge their Highs

Two key indicators have reached extreme readings, which tend to precede shifts in the equity market trend.  

Both the CBOE VIX indicator and the CBOE Put/Call Ratio have gapped well below moving average measures that have been useful as contrarian signals for short-term downside shift in equities.  As can be seen in the chart below, a low reading in VIX vs. its moving average denotes short-term peaks in the S&P 500.  We may be seeing one of those peaks following Tuesday's (January 24th) market close.  Although this extreme reading indicator does not always pinpoint the day of a trend change, it is worth considering as a warning sign that the rally may be reaching its climax.

vix01242017

Another extreme indicator we follow is the TED Spread, or the spread between the 10-Year Treasury and Eurodollar futures.  Peaks (or rises) in the TED spread tend to be an indicator of credit risk.  While it does not appear evident that credit risk is seeping through the financial markets, the rise in the TED spread expresses expectations of risk that bears watching.  Note in the chart below how the peaks displayed in the lower portion of the chart (blue portions of the oscillator) tend to precede equity declines.

ted01242017

Although the equity market indices are clearly bullish, extreme readings as such are cause for pause and reinforce the importance to preserve capital (and refrain from getting caught up in new high euphoria).

Mr. Palmerton is the Founder of Baseline Analytics, and has 30 years of experience spanning corporate finance, asset management and financial markets research. He has held positions as CFO, Director of Finance, and Financial Management and Analysis roles for Fortune 500 and multi-national firms (ADP, Honeywell, Linde Group) as well as for early-stage and emerging growth ventures).

Bob founded Baseline Analytics in 2005. With the objective to utilize technical analysis of the financial markets, coupled with macro-economic trends, Baseline Analytics strives to keep investors on the right side of the market at all times. Bob developed the TrendFlex indicator, comprised of a blend of financial indicators that assess the risk of a change in market trend. Baseline Analytics’ TrendFlex models are utilized as the basis for asset allocation strategies of The Absolute Return Market Trend Portfolio. Mr. Palmerton’s articles and blogs can be found on Seeking Alpha, Finding Technicals and Baseline Analytics.

Comments

  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Absolute Return, LLC.

THE ABSOLUTE RETURN Logo

 

Investment News

Comerica Economic Blog