Tag: S&P 500

02 Sep 2016

A Game of Chicken with No Volatility

There’s a lot of time and energy spent on market conditions when things are ominous and uncertain (Brexit), but what about when markets are…. stuck? Some might remember this summer as the worst market condition in the last 10 years. Let’s start with stocks. Officially been 38 days without a 1% move, tying the record back […]

09 Jun 2011

Risk on… Risk Off… Where’s Mr. Miyagi ?

On occasion, you may hear us refer to “risk on” or “risk off” market environments – which conjure up images of old Mr. Miyagi doing his ‘wax on/wax off’ training in the 80’s classic The Karate Kid.  But we’re not the only ones leaning on the jargon. These terms have become part of the lexicon […]

08 Aug 2011

They are who we thought they were…

In his infamous rant following a loss to the Chicago Bears in 2006, Dennis Green blasts, “They are who we thought they were!” Well, after the bloodbath in stocks the past few days (capped off by today’s losses of near -6%), we’re ready to say the same about stocks… they are who we thought they […]

09 Aug 2011

6.5 Thoughts on a -666 Point Dow Down Day

Our newsletter is up for this week, and unless you are one of the lucky few who is cruising the Caribbean, without power, or otherwise disconnected from the world today – you have no doubt heard of the financial fallout following S&P’s downgrade of US Debt and resulting market activity: Dow down -635 pts (-5.55%), […]

09 Aug 2011

Blood in the Streets- Part II

After yesterday’s bloodbath in stocks, energies, commodity currencies, and resulting rallies in bonds, the swiss franc, and gold – here is a peek at how several of the managed futures programs we follow have performed thus far in August through yesterday (these are estimates only, and may not reflect all trades done to offset positions, […]

11 Aug 2011

Blood in the Streets- Part III

After a face ripping rally Tuesday, stocks tanked once more yesterday, with the Nasdaq closing down 4.09%, S&P 500 down 4.42%, and Dow Jones down 4.62% – erasing the rally’s gains, and then some. As stocks go up once more today, the roller coaster continues, with no end in sight. In the midst of the […]

18 Aug 2011

Asset Class Scoreboard through July 2011

File the following into the mostly useless category. We’ve got our monthly asset class scoreboard update below, but after the fireworks so far in August, the YTD numbers are already much different, with stocks and real estate now negative for the year. So, here’s where we were as of the end of July… Key: as […]

24 Aug 2011

Grains Defy Global Slide

With many pundits coming out and saying we are already in recession, no need debating it – and the stock market sure acting like that is the case;  Soybeans up .86% yesterday reminds us that there is much more to that term ‘markets’ than just your grandfather’s stocks and bonds. There are grain markets like […]

05 Oct 2011

Here’s Your Data, Mr. Ritholtz

We came across the following line from one of our favorite bloggers, Barry Ritholtz, last week: “Lately, it looks like the Equity Futures predict little more than the Open,” he mused. “Are they that easily pushed around? Do they contain less and less information? I would love to see a correlation study looking at their […]

11 Oct 2011

A Whole lot of Nothing…

Take a look at the chart of the S&P over the last 2+ months, and despite the volatility, we’re essentially back at the same spot we were at the beginning of August when it appeared the world was ending (for the first time).  There appears a clear pattern of a few days of upside movement, […]