Fear & Greed Index for May 8, 2019
This index is a summation of seven indicators explained in detail here.
- Stock Price Momentum: The S&P 500 versus its 125-day moving average
- Stock Price Strength: The number of stocks hitting 52-week highs and lows on the New York Stock Exchange
- Stock Price Breadth: The volume of shares trading in stocks on the rise versus those declining.
- Put and Call Options: The put/call ratio, which compares the trading volume of bullish call options relative to the trading volume of bearish put options
- Junk Bond Demand: The spread between yields on investment grade bonds and junk bonds
- Market Volatility: The VIX, which measures volatility
- Safe Haven Demand: The difference in returns for stocks versus Treasuries
How I use this information:
You can see from the two graphs below that my portfolio is well above its 2018 peak while the S&P 500 with dividends reinvested in SPY is back where it started. This "ratcheting" of returns adds up over time, especially with compounding.
I use periods of strength with highly bullish sentiment (Max greed on the Fear and Greed charts) to take profits then I use the cash to buy again when others are fearful. You can see from my Explore Portfolio performance graph that this has allowed me to crush the returns of the S&P 500 while having far less risk with typically 60 to 65% in stocks. If you are young, you could probably do even better with more in my Explore Stocks as I did when I was much younger.
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To understand more about my method, please read these KEY articles:
- Make Money In A Flat Market With Asset Allocation & Market Volatility
- Winning the Zigs, losing on the Zags - Why small investors usually do poorly
- Be Your Own Financial Advisor - Save The High Fees!
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