Implied Correlation Closes At All Time Record High
Or another possible title: Stock Dispersion Hits All Time Record Low...
It was only Wednesday when we were lamenting the collapse of alpha after implied correlation hit an all time intraday high of just under 80. Well, today should be the day when all long/short funds are shutting down: implied corr just closed at an all time record high of 79.57, after also posting an absolute intraday record of 80.08. It is getting ever more obvious that stocks continue to trade more and more as just one asset class, as seen by the constant increase in JCJ below, which has risen almost 15% in this week alone. At this rate, every stock will trade just like every other stock in under 3 weeks when alpha is officially put to rest and stock dispersion has undergone an extinction level event (better known as HFT and ETF encroachment, in which it is the price that determines value and not the other way around).
And here is some food for thought: if stocks trade increasingly as one, and if the Hindenburg Omen (as we pointed out first yesterday before the term the internet on fire) is confirmed in the next 5 weeks, just what will happen when everything sells off as one?