Yesterday Was Only The Eighth 1% Down Day In 6 Months, Likely With More To Come

March 14, 2014
By Knowledge Leaders Team in Uncategorized

Yesterday was only the eighth day the S&P 500 closed down by more than 1% in the last six months, or 126 trading days. To put this in some historic context, at deep oversold lows, the number of trailing days down over 1% is in excess of forty.  Single digits readings are more consistent with intermediate to longer-term tops in stocks.


Our work relating this equity metadata to the Federal Reserve’s tapering suggests we should expect more 1% down days over the course of this year.  We have modeled out the Fed’s taper trajectory, calculating the 3-month increase in the Fed’s balance sheet through this year, and the relationship suggests that if the Fed pushes ahead with its tapering, the occurrence of 1% down days should pick up.


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