Equity Risk Premium Collapses; A Day Of Notable Moves; VIX Not Jumping

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Equity premium collapses

The premium that investors are willing to pay for stocks’ earnings has collapsed relative to the yield available on bonds. The one-year z-score of the Equity Risk Premium is now 4 standard deviations below average, a rarely-achieved extreme since 1972 with positive implications.

When the ERP was +2 or higher, the S&P’s annualized return was -4.0%, versus 6.8% when it wasn’t extreme at all. And when it was below -2, the annualized return shot up to 40.1%.

Quite a day

Wednesday’s drop triggered a number of notable moves.

* The Dow Transportation Average fell into a bear market, which has not been the negative signal it’s suggested to be.

* Nearly 60% of Financials fell to a 52-week low, 5th-most out of all days since 1990.

* A big intraday gain turned into a big closing loss for the first time since 2009.

* And stocks fell by one of the largest amounts in more than 20 years on a day the FOMC announced their rate policy.

Where’s the fear?

People tend to obsess on the VIX as a measure of “sentiment” and while it can be a good tool, it’s not the end-all, be-all, especially since the explosion in volatility ETFs may be impacting how the entire volatility complex may be trading. Regardless, there have been 32 days since 1992 when the S&P 500 was down 1% or more than the VIX was either unchanged or down. Over the next month, the S&P rose 81% of the time, averaging 2.4%.

The post titled Equity Risk Premium Collapses; A Day Of Notable Moves; VIX Not Jumping was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2018-12-20.

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