1.Great Read on Bond Bear Markets.
The Worst Kind of Bear Market
Posted October 16, 2018 by Ben Carlson
On a recent episode of his show, Behind the Markets, WisdomTree’s Jeremy Schwartz made a comment about a stat from one of Jeremy Seigel’s books. He discussed how in real terms, bonds in the U.S. have actually experienced a much longer bear market than anything witnessed in the stock market.
This makes sense when you realize the biggest risk for stock market investors is generally a crash while the biggest risk for bond market investors is sky-high inflation.
I decided to run the numbers to put some more meat on the bones of this one to gauge the length of bear markets in both stocks and bonds on an after-inflation basis.
This is the historical real drawdown chart for the S&P 500:
I didn’t know which route to choose for a bond proxy so I decided to look at both 5-year treasuries and long-term treasuries. Here’s the chart for the 5-year bond:
And these were the drawdowns for long-term bonds:
Here’s what the stats look like for the longest bear markets for each since 1926:1
1.S&P Bounces at 200 Day….250 Names Were Down 20% or More in this Correction.
Here are some interesting numbers about the S&P 500, according to data provided by FactSet.
- Among the S&P 500, 250 stocks were down 20% or more from their all-time closing highs (adjusted for splits and spin-offs) as of the close on Oct. 15.
- 162 were down at least 30% from their all-time highs.
- 113 were down at least 40% from their all-time highs.
- 69 were down at least 50% from their all-time highs.
You may be surprised at how many S&P 500 stocks have fallen at least 50% from record highs
Philip van Doorn
SPY bounce at 200 day
1.Volatility Very Normal in October.
Thoughts on the Market Sell-Off
Posted by lplresearch
- The S&P 500 Index had one of its least volatile third quarters in history.In fact, it was the first year since 1963 that the index’s usually volatile third quarter didn’t have a single 1% change (up or down). The S&P 500 had gone 74 consecutive days without a 1% move—the 10th longest streak in history. The bottom line is: Equity markets were wound tight and some type of volatility was likely.
- October has historically had above-average volatility and average returns.October is known for spectacular crashes (1929, 1987, and 2008), but in reality it’s about average in terms of returns. What it really should be known for is volatility. Incredibly, no month has seen more 1% changes (up or down) than the month of October for the S&P 500 going back to 1950.