Retail Money Market Funds Signal Reversal for The Stock Market

By: Elliott Wave International | Mon, Jul 14, 2014
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Editor's note: The article below is adapted from the transcript of the live presentation above, originally recorded at the 2014 Las Vegas Money Show. It features Elliott Wave International Chief Market Analyst Steve Hochberg. Hochberg is co-editor of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, one of EWI's flasgship market letters. Click here for a free excerpt from Hochberg's latest issue.



Steve Hochberg on the state of retail money market funds vs. stock market capitalization, filmed at the 2014 Las Vegas Money Show

This chart is a picture of retail money market funds as a percentage of market capitalization.

In other words, when people are super bullish, they don't want to hold any money in money market funds. They want to invest it, right?

Because why hold money aside when you don't think the market's going down, when it can be in the market if you think it's going up?

When people are super bearish, what do they do? They take money out of the market, and they put it into money market funds hoping to wait out what they view as a declining market.

Now look at the upward spikes in this chart.

S&P500 versus Retail Money market Funds Chart

You can see that there was a high percentage of money in money market funds as a percentage of market cap back in 1982 as the market was bottoming and starting that great bull market.

Shortly after the 1987 crash, people got really scared; and again in 2002 after the market had been down 38%, and also in 2009 after the market declined 58%.

We are now at a new all-time low in the percentage of retail money market funds relative of market cap at just 2.8%. In other words, people are fully invested.

Investors are so optimistic about the future, they see no reason to keep money in money market funds in case the market goes down.

This is a classic warning sign that a reversal is ahead.

 


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