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Sentiment Indicators Suggest Continuing Stock Market Volatility

Short-term investor sentiment indicators were back down in overbought territory late week after showing some initial investor nervousness earlier in the week amid the uncertainty over US-China talks that triggered a sharp market drop.
The VXX volatility index, for instance, moved higher then started down again later in the week, indicating that investors were betting on lower volatility.  That’s a signal for caution since we used sentiment as contrarian indicators.

Sentiment Indicators Suggest Continuing Stock Market Volatility
Sentiment Indicators Suggest Continuing Stock Market Volatility

Brad Lamensdorf

Brad Lamensdorf, the founder and portfolio manager of Active Alts, is a principal and co-manager of the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF. He previously managed a long-short investment partnership from 1998-2005 under the name Tarpon Capital Management. Earlier in his career Mr. Lamensdorf was an equity trader/market strategist for the Bass Brothers’ trading arm. He managed a short only portfolio in addition to co-managing a $1bil hedging program. He also served as in-house market strategist for the entire internal and external network of Bass Brothers money managers.

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