February 18, 2021
A “fragile” market suggests that any surprise big or small can set off a period of profit-taking.
As pointed out in a recent “VR,” our volatility model had turned mixed. That is important as our research is based on first principles, that form precedes real-world content, and that context precedes dynamics. Back a week or ten days the background was not reflecting complacency, so bearish expectations drop a notch, and when TEM primarily pointed to a low volatility persistent trend, that was not much help either for the bearish side.
That does not mean “risk-on,” the actuarial tables put this market on life support. Plus, just like the life of a loved one who is near the end, it is always a shock to the system when they pass no matter how much it was expected. At least in the back of one’s mind, it was just not today.