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Despite Rebound, Risk-Off Sentiment Continues to Dominate Global Markets

By James PicernoMarket OverviewNov 18, 2022 09:31
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Despite Rebound, Risk-Off Sentiment Continues to Dominate Global Markets
By James Picerno   |  Nov 18, 2022 09:31
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Although there have been hints that the worst of the selling has passed, there’s still plenty of room for skepticism, based on trends for key markets via a set of ETF pairs for prices through Thursday’s close (Nov. 17).

Let’s start with the ratio of an aggressive asset allocation strategy (AOA) to conservative (AOK). Although the trend for this proxy has popped lately, the downside bias remains intact, based on 50- and 200-day moving averages and so it’s premature to assume that the bear market has been exhausted.

Global Portfolio Strategy Trend
Global Portfolio Strategy Trend

The downside bias for medium-term Treasuries, via iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (NYSE:IEF), relative to short-term Treasuries, iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ:SHY), certainly hasn’t changed, which suggests that the appetite for safety remains strong.

Risk-on for the inflation/reflation trade continues to hold its ground, based on the ratio for inflation-indexed Treasuries, via iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSE:TIP), vs. their standard counterparts (IEF), but the trend is looking tired and is vulnerable if the economy continues to weaken.

US Inflation/Reflation Trend
US Inflation/Reflation Trend

Estimating the risk appetite for US equities, via SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY), relative to a portfolio of low-volatility shares, via iShares MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF (NYSE:USMV), continues to signal risk-off.

SPY Vs. USMV
SPY Vs. USMV

A proxy for economic activity – semiconductor stocks, via VanEck Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SMH), vs. equities overall (SPY) – has enjoyed a relief rally lately, but it’s too early to say that the bearish trend for this proxy has ended.

SMH Vs. SPY
SMH Vs. SPY

Despite the bearish bias for stocks generally, the appetite for US equities, via Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF Shares (NYSE:VTI), over foreign stocks, via Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index Fund ETF Shares (NYSE:VEU), persists.

VTI Vs. VEU
VTI Vs. VEU

Finally, relative strength for value stocks, via iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (NYSE:IWD), vs. growth stocks, via iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (NYSE:IWF), continues to run. The logic is the widely held view that value shares tend to outperform when interest rates are rising. On that basis, expectations that the Federal Reserve will continue to hike rates in the near term imply that value will continue to outperform.

IWD Vs. IWF
IWD Vs. IWF

Despite Rebound, Risk-Off Sentiment Continues to Dominate Global Markets
 

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