Saturday, December 10, 2016
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Weekly Review: Using intraday Vix reversals to spot intraday market reversals… over, and over, and over…

I’ve wrote about this topic before- when markets get extremely volatile, the VIX becomes a more powerful tool to predict, well, maybe not predict, but at least find a good spot where the market will reverse its trend.  It’s so powerful, it even trumps that of some of the most basic technical analysis tools.  Conversely, when the market moves in trends (loss of volatility), the VIX is more difficult to use and you have to use “vix extremes” which come in the forms of spikes near the top or bottom of a channel.

Last week was a very volatile week, and I was able to spot at least 4 intraday reversals in the market (about 1 per a day) to and enter a trade.  On Friday I caught almost the top of the Dow (Dow +22) when I observed it could not take out yesterday’s support.

Anyway, now for the good stuff.  Notice whenever the VIX reversed, the probability for a powerful squeeze or a powerful selloff commenced.  Remember though, not all Vix intraday reversals lead to market reversals, but EVERY market reversal follows a Vix reversal. Here we go!…

Knowing this VERY POWERFUL correlation, I as able to trade last week’s choppiness quite effectively.  Here’s a basic review of the charts I put up last week, with the relationship of Vix~Market.  Notice, there is a pattern.  ALL market reversal followed a reversal in the VIX.

January 23, 2009:  I never posted it, but I spotted the markets high at Dow +22, then shorted FAS as the market went back down to -100.  Understand that Friday’s are very tricky on volatile weeks.

January 22, 2009:  “Using the Vix Intraday to find today’s market reversal” …in this post, I identified the breakdown in the VIX intraday to find a massive 2-hour squeeze.  The pattern was a breakdown of a H&S pattern.

January 21, 2009:  “Rare day trading day strategy applied to Wednesday’s market squeeze”  …in this post I noticed the reversal in the Vix at 54.  Then the market, DJI and SPX, crossed an important 3-day resistance point almost simulatenously with the VIX =50.  Enter the squeeze!  Got long FAS for FAStastic gains.

So, all week long I didn’t pick a side.  I went into the week knowing very well that the bulls and bears were at a deadlock and kept cash high, swing trade positions low (all shorts), and day traded the rest.  The best way to describe my feelings on the market was the use an analogy to compare the market to a giant poker game, where we can’t pick a side until more cards are shown.  Know the game, play by the rules.

Keep one thing in mind… I noted on Friday that the VIX is losing strength.  Barclays also is coming up with a Vix ETN which I do NOT like.  Making the VIX available to commercial/retail investors is stupid, and will further weaken this powerful tool.  Therefore, volatility will be dying down soon, so obviously the rules of the game are going to change again.  Be dynamic, figure out what the rules are, and trade accordingly.

It’s all about fear and greed.



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  1. tom

    keep up the good work to me the vix is the market not the s and p most time considerind its a news / fear driven market

  2. crude_oil

    Gio,I was curious why u went long on TNA?I value your opinion.Thanks.

  3. Bob Brill

    thx for sharing your insights. pls keep posting correlations you perceive.

  4. Cebu Sun

    Wondering what incrementally, this provides us in predictive power? If I can see the reversal in the SPX then i can play that move and do not need an indicator which is, r= .8 Right?

  5. Gio

    Cebu… thanks for the interest. there’s a big difference between RSI and the VIX. For one, RSI measures momentum. The market was NOT trading on true momentum, therefore it would not be good to use “overbought/oversold” indicators to predict moves on the tape, especially intraday. The market was trading in a wedge pattern + a lot of news (presidency, bank failures and scares, earnings), therefore the “game” was to use “fear and momentum” indicators, which is measured well with the VIX. Remember, the VIX does not work well in certain settings too. For example, when there is lack of news, anticipation of news etc, ie, from early December to mid- January, the VIX was a horrible tool to use intraday, and that’s why I focused on using extreme levels on the VIX for swing trading.

    Hope that helps!

  6. Gio

    hey crude.. I went long TNA because I was short 3 equities. Right now I’m using that ratio, 3:1 short just to “test” the market. sometimes I need to be in the market, even if its a little bit, just to understand the mechanics of it. Ie, there’s a big difference between paper trading, and actually putting money in the market. Honestly, I am afraid of a stupid rally, so despite being mostly short, I am willing to make a transition to the longs.

  7. jimmy

    thank you GIO
    but what is your software you use for charts