The VIX Weekly Sentiment Indicator (VWSI) is back at zero for the second week in a row, which is not unusual. In fact, over the long term, the VWSI should generate a zero reading approximately 40% of the time and fall in to the +3 to -3 ‘neutral zone’ approximately 80-90% of the time. When it comes to trading the VIX, patience and discipline are absolute requirements for high percentage and high expectancy trades.
On the price patterns front, the VIX fell 9.6% this past week, barely bringing an end to the five week double digit pendulum of price swings we noted last week in this space, but continuing to print an intriguing pattern: +75%; -24%; +19%; -23%; +13%; and -10%.
Speaking of intriguing patterns, the 90,000+ open interest for the April 11 and 12 VIX puts suggests that someone is staking large money on a continued contraction in volatility.
(Note that in the above temperature gauge, the "bullish" and "bearish" labels apply to the VIX, not to the broader markets, which are usually negatively correlated with the VIX.)
Wine pairing: The official wine pairing for a VWSI of zero is a Rhone blend. More broadly, it is any affordable and enjoyable red or white that works as an everyday wine. This week I will offer up an inexpensive version of a popular