Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fearful Investors

One index measure investors review to gauge the level of fear in the market is the VIX Index. Currently, the VIX is trading at 31.78, down a little over 1 point today. High levels in the VIX translate into a fearful market and can be indicative of a short term market bottoms. In the early part of 2010, the market's first encounter with the Euro crisis, the VIX hit 48. The S&P 500 Index bottomed shortly after this. In other words, the VIX can be viewed as a contrarian indicator.

Another variation of the VIX is to look at the VIX Index divided by the 10-year Treasury Index. Again, high levels in the VIX show investor fear in the equity markets. A low level in the 10-year Treasury indicates bond investors generally have an anemic growth and inflation outlook over the longer term. Consequently, a high ratio number is a contrarian investment measure. The below chart contains a graph (blue line) of this ratio along with a graph of the S&P 500 Index (red line).

From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors

h/t: Calafia Beach Pundit

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