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Helping Investors Overcome Fear in Markets

Recently both retail and institutional investor’s market sentiment have been turning more bearish and neutral as markets have come off their all-time highs. According to a recent CNBC.com piece, a record 84% of fund managers think the U.S. market is the most overvalued.

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HIPOS Weekly Update: Expiration Week Arrives and Option Skew

As we enter the final week of our current primary HIPOS trade, the underlying index (Nasdaq 100) sits a good 14% above the short strike leg. While the NDX experienced the most historical volatility of late, the markets turned higher after Janet Yellen’s comments around a more measured (read slower) approach to future raising of interest rates.

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HIPOS Weekly Update: Nasdaq Declares Independence

The Nasdaq 100 (NDX) continues to see higher volatility than the other two main indexes we use: the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500. As of the open Wednesday, its’ own volatility index VXN remains elevated. Normally the hierarchy when it comes to volatility sees the Russell 2000 (RVX) occupy the highest levels. So, this represents a short-term re-arrangement reflective of the recent weakness in the information technology sector. Of late, we’ve also seen the NDX be up on down days in other markets, or down when other indices are higher.

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