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European Stock Investors Hit The Panic Button

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:19
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While US equity markets drift endlessly higher on sea of Trumptopian euphoria (and retail ETF ramps), European equity investors have hit the panic button this week.

In the last week, investors have been piling into European VIX futures – hedging for a potential catastrophic end to the market calm ahead of French and Dutch elections.

Historically, European ‘VIX’ has traded around 20% higher than US ‘VIX’ over the last 8 years. The current spike to an 80% premium is unprecedented.

The extreme differences between Europe’s ‘fear’ and America’s ‘greed’ is nowhere more evident than in this chart and suggests – for the contrarian who sees record short US VIX positioning – a Long US VIX, Short EU VIX position may be the play through the turmoil of the next month or two.

If we had to guess, we would say that move has begun in VIX (as VXX ETF shares outstanding have surged as VIX futures record net spec positioning unwinds)…


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  • jknbt

    the proud rich that own the stock market are determined that they are the only ones who can make any real money in their casino…just like the mafia that own the vegas casinos….

    the strategy is

    * pump

    * dump

    * frump the little people who hang on too long

    * slump

    * print more fiat money

    * start the cycle all over again

    we are currently in the “pump” phase. Guess what is next?

    • K¡llúḿ¡ńàṫ¡✝☪ ॐ ﷲ ✡

      stock market = casino :lol: pump + dump = start the cycle all over again :lol:
      Sun complete orbit Earth occurs every 365.256 days (1 sidereal year)
      Moon complete orbit Earth occurs every 27.322 days (a sidereal month) 30 days!
      Sun and Moon complete orbit Earth cycle that repeats and repeating it all, over and over again.
      birthday, and the first cycle starts all over again on your next birthday.
      payday, and the first cycle starts all over again on your next payday.

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