VIX Closes at Lowest Reading Since Beginning of Bear Market Decline!


We knew that the VIX readings were sliding lower, but today it finished at 19.79. The VIX has not closed below 20 since the 2020 bull market top.

We invert our VIX because we view the VIX as a sentiment indicator. Sentiment is contrarian, so in order to have overbought territory on top and oversold on the bottom, we invert the scale.

You can see that today's closing reading on the VIX is not only overbought, but the lowest we have seen since the bull market top on February 20th 2020. I have also annotated blue arrows where the VIX has punctured the upper Bollinger Band. Typically that arrives at tops in the market.

Speaking of sentiment, the Rydex Ratio chart reveals that the Ratio is heading toward very overbought territory. Since the November market low, the Rydex Ratio entered overbought extremes and has been oscillating within. On the bright side it hasn't reached the top of this range, but remember it is extraordinarily overbought. Investors are simply too complacent and bullish. The market is due for a correction, but market participants don't seem to think it is coming. We don't want you to be blindsided.

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CONCLUSION: VIX readings in overbought territory are dangerous. When market participants are extremely bullish it nearly always marks a top in the market. They can be severe or they can be short-term in nature. Either way it tells us to prepare for volatility and lower prices.

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Happy Charting! - Erin

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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More
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