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Sell The Rumor, Buy The News

Sell The Rumor, Buy The News

by The MoleMarch 26, 2020

It’s a complete mystery to me that some of the smartest people I know continuously have a hard time wrapping their mind around one of the simplest tenets of trading. Plus it’s one that spells double true when it comes to high volatility bear markets: Buy the rumor, sell the news. Of course in the case of bad economic news in the context of a bear market this rule should be inverted to ‘sell the rumor, buy the news’.

I’m starting this post a little late for two reasons: 1) Europe yet has to switch over to DST and thus the market opens an hour early for me, and 2) I really wanted to wait for this morning’s jobless report which was widely expected to hit markets like a Panzerfaust.

Except that it didn’t which of course triggered a series of indignant comments on ZeroEdge and various financial tweets. Although I can sympathize it’s a lesson that I unfortunately had to learn the hard way back in 2008 and 2009. Fortunately it is one I have never forgotten as the cognitive dissonance of the marketplace should never be underestimated.

Or in other words: hope dies last.

May I remind everyone that we are still wading knee-deep in an extremely high volatility market environment, which usually has a tendency to suspend common sense as we know it. The SPX chart above demonstrated this very efficiently and two-fold:

  1. The IVZ-Score still ranks sky high at 3.75 – which is 3.75 standard deviations off the median.
  2. Expected move for this week was breached yesterday again and then some, after which the SPX dropped backed down a bit to near 2500.

More market analysis and some perspectives below for my intrepid subs:


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The Mole
Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at the usual social media waterholes.
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