I’ll be the first to admit that I keep track of a boatload of silly VIX charts (hey, it’s better than a house full of cats…) that no person in their right mind should ever bother with, but every now and then one speaks to me in a convincingly enough fashion that I keep going back to it.
So here I am with the VIX:SDS ratio chart again. Alan Greenspan says that the holy grail of market forecasting is a fear vs. euphoria indicator. Frankly, this one is good enough for me – at least for the moment. Given that the SDS ETF has only been around since July 2006, there is little in the way of historical information with which to do some backtesting, but I like how the VIX:SDS ratio has been acting during the recent market action. The ratio may not be a perfect way to decompose the fear and volatility components of the VIX, but it certainly offers a fair share of clues. One way to look at the current reading, for instance, would be to interpret only a small fear premium built into the ratio vis-à-vis the more ‘normal’ sentiment expressed by the 100 day SMA.
If anyone has thoughts on this indicator – pro or con – feel free to use the comments section below to make your opinion heard.