Rydex Market Timers: Update!
The Rydex market timers continue to serve as a good short term contrarian gauge to market action.
It is late at night and I will be brief.
Figure 1 is a daily chart of the S&P500 with the ratio of the Rydex leveraged and bullish assets to the leveraged and bearish assets in the lower panel. Prior today's drubbing, this ratio was greater than 2 - which is our level extreme bullishness - for 5 out of the last 6 trading days. After today, the bulls have back off such that the ratio now stands at 1.78. Prior extremes in this rally are noted with maroon colored bars.
Figure 1. S&P500/ daily/ leveraged bulls v. leveraged bears
I know this stuff is just bullshit and "this time is different", but I am having a hard time seeing that right now!!
Figure 2. is the amount of assets in the Rydex Money Market Fund. Yesterday's value was the lowest since the rally began in March, 2009. This I find unbelievable, but hey, it is what it is! After today, the value remains low but it has broken it's down trend channel.
Figure 2. S&P500/ daily/ money market funds
On a longer term time frame, the Rydex data continues to support the notion that the market will remain under pressure. Shorter term is indeterminate although the recent bullish extremes (i.e., bear signal) have been relieved.
Lastly, a comment about the assets in the Rydex gold fund. After Wednesday's price action, the amount of assets in this fund continued to hover around $300 million. Surprisingly, the amount of assets in this fund has not really changed since gold peaked about 6 weeks ago. After today (Thursday), the amount of assets in the gold fund is down by over 40% from yesterday. While difficult to use as a timing tool, I believe this data supports the notion that investors continue to buy at the highs and sell at the lows!