Smart Money Rushes To Safe Havens As World Stocks Rally

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Hiding in safe havens

“Smart money” hedgers have established extreme positions in safe haven assets including gold, Treasuries, the yen and the VIX.

Other times they piled into the havens, it led to fine performance in stocks, and better returns in the havens themselves.

World stock resurgence

World stocks (excluding the U.S.) rallied five straight days from a 52-week low from last week. Similar rallies led to good short-term returns, but several medium-term failures.

Still apathetic

We saw in early August that the AIM Model was showing subdued sentiment surveys despite a rallying market. That has continued this week, as the model will only tick up to 42%.

Brazil’s back to most-hated status

The Optimism Index on the EWZ fund is below 7, worst of all countries. When it’s this low and the 10-day average is below 25, the fund has rebounded over the next week 73% of the time by an average of 3.6%.

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The post titled Smart Money Rushes To Safe Havens As World Stocks Rally was originally published as on on 2018-08-24.

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