The Cash Indicator (CI) has increased in recent weeks, reflecting the disturbing market decline that has shocked so many of us. The CI helps us put this shock into perspective. Note that the November month-end value of 28.72 is close to the median month-end value of 27.51 and below the average value of 35.01 going back to 1986. In effect, the CI is reflecting average levels, but not heightened risk of a meltdown.

However, this level of risk may feel more extreme given the rate of change. For example, the CI’s September month-end value of 16.16 was well below the median and less than half the historical average value. So, the markets went from an environment of extreme complacency to one of average uncertainty. We think that it is this rate of change that makes us feel so shocked.

Recall that the CI is designed to signal increased probability of a black swan event. It is not designed as a market-timing tool nor do we expect it to signal every pending market correction. We have other frames of reference for that, such as our fundamental view outlined above that calls for increased volatility.

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This article was written by Gary Stringer, CIO, Kim Escue, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Chad Keller, COO and CCO at Stringer Asset Management, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.


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