Precious Little Optimism As Emerging Markets Sink Toward Bear Market

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Precious little optimism

Optimism on gold, silver, and platinum now ranks among the lowest in 27 years.

The combined Optimism Index on the three metals has been lower only a handful of days. The few other periods of historic pessimism led to good returns in gold, silver, and mining stocks.

Stiff selling in miners

The NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index fell 5% to a 52-week low on Wednesday then lost another 1% on Thursday. That has indicated capitulation in the past (see inside). The 3-day average Optimism Index of the GDXJ fund is now below 15.

An emerging bear market

Emerging markets are nearing a 20% drawdown from their peak for the first time in several years. Other times they initially declined 20% led to “feast or famine” returns, with the winners seeing limited losses and 10% gains, while the losers saw limited upside and 10% declines.


Shares outstanding in popular funds that bet on a rise in volatility, like VXX, UVXY, and TVIX, have collapsed nearly 20% in just the past few days. This tends to happen to volatility rises even though the rise in the VIX hasn’t been all that large.

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The post titled Precious Little Optimism As Emerging Markets Sink Toward Bear Market was originally published as on on 2018-08-17.

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