volatility is back

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The stock market does not like uncertainty.  Uncertainty is a component of how the stock market discounts future earnings back to a price today.  The discount rate is the denominator of the equation.  Just as 1/10 is a smaller number than 1/5, stock prices are lower as uncertainty rises.

Whether we look at the relative performance of stock market components based on exposure to foreign trade or the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), it is evident stock investor anxiety is on the rise.  How concerned should we be?

We look to the credit market to see if lenders are also feeling anxious.  The debt market is substantially larger than the stock market and often provides a more reliable and leading indicator of broad investor sentiment.  Specifically, we monitor the high-yield spread.  If the differential between junk-debt interest rates and treasury rates is 5% or greater and rising, we get worried about the stock market

Currently, the high yield spread is about 3.6%.  3.6% is down from about 3.8% a month ago and 4.1% a year ago.  If the bond market were the British Government, it would be telling us to “keep calm and carry on.” (source : delta market sentiment )

Having said that – based on our trading philosophy – the price is the true north star

on Monday March 19th 2018  market fell very badly

S&P 500 solidly gave up the 50 Day MA under a clear gap down . Very close to 2700 support

The 2800 was a solid resistance. Time to get in sidelines