For those who were underwhelmed by yesterday’s monthly charts of the call volume and put to call ratios for the VIX, I am going to try to whelm you a little more by switching over to weekly charts of SPY (the ETF for the S&P 500 index) puts.
The logic here is that those who may not want to be short the market (or hedge long positions) with the additional leverage of VIX calls may prefer the increased liquidity, dollar strike price increments, and penny pricing benefits of SPY puts.
Looking at the chart below, the SPY put volume correlates nicely with intermediate bottoms in the SPX/SPY. Note the current spike in put volume. It is something to think about, anyway, as you contemplate what the Fed could possibly say that might put a stop to the slide in the equities market.