Yields Rise As Leveraged Speculation Hits Record

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So much for a safe haven

Even as stocks have wobbled, bonds have sold off hard for three straight days and yields are at a 6-month high. Similar moves led to consistent declines in yields going forward, but that’s because of the long-term bear market and cluster of readings in recent years. It was generally a good medium-term sign for stocks, especially REITs and Financials.

Leveraged speculation

Traders in the Rydex family of mutual funds are leveraged to the long side to a record degree. There is nearly $17 invested in leveraged long funds for every $1 in leveraged short (inverse) funds.

Assets in leveraged ETFs aren’t as skewed, but the bull/bear ratio has still climbed to a new record. When speculation has been this rampant, the S&P 500 pulled back 5% both times.

A positive divergence

Despite the S&P 500, DJIA, and Nasdaq Composite all closing lower on the day, there were more advancing than declining issues on the NYSE, and four times more 52-week highs than lows. That has happened on 128 days since 1962.

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The post titled Yields Rise As Leveraged Speculation Hits Record was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2017-12-21.

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