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A 21% Chance Of A 50% Plunge In The S&P 500?

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Investors' perceptions of risks, both normal (volatility) and tail (event), have intriguingly run to both extremes at the same time. 'Normal' volatility has been so suppressed by Central-Bank action as to become an almost useless indicator (or at best contemporaneous) - or as Artemis Capital notes "volatility has become a shadow currency" with the USD (safe-haven) becoming considerably more correlated with volatility. Extreme volatility concerns are where the 'unintended' consequence has appeared. In a somewhat stunning market realization, options markets currently suggest a 1 in 4.7 chance of a greater-than-50% drop in the S&P over the next year. That is more likely than the lifetime risk of a heart attack. The question then is, are tail-risks over-priced? Or are investors willing to overpay for that kind of 'deflation' insurance since we now know that the impossible is possible!

 

[look at the skew of the distribution of returns since 2008 - the light blue section - show upwardly biased it has become...]

 

and through time... the chart below shows the chart above through time, and the rise in extreme tail risk pricing since the crisis began...

 

Source: Artemis Capital Management

 


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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Precious
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Imagine that.  Just about the time everyone runs out of savings.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment ratso
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Turns out the prudent investor already knows this.  A 20% down move at any time is always in the cards - but this is followed by a stronger recovery if you can wait it out.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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Now is always the best time to buy. Stocks only ever go up, long term.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment El Viejo
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Are you MDB in disguise??

 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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I was being droll.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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90% of market moves are half mental...

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:20 | Link to Comment JPM Hater001
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BY YOUR MATH WE ARE INSANE GOOD SIR!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:57 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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One good look at that 3-D chart confirms your thesis...

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:26 | Link to Comment flacon
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Can I go long adrenaline? This is going to be the age of panic!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjGlzbn_L98

 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:18 | Link to Comment Catflappo
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83.48976% of statistics are not accurate

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 00:29 | Link to Comment crusty curmudgeon
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92.175% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 03:15 | Link to Comment savagegoose
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115% of statiticians, are full of shit

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:56 | Link to Comment stocktivity
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Thanks Yogi

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:06 | Link to Comment Muppet of the U...
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ACtually today was a great time to buy.  I kept saying buy, and making fun of zh b/c I just know they have tons of s&p put options options.  They got mad at me again.  :/

I would say it is a good day, b/c I think this is the bottom for aapl, the end of the bond weakness, and the return to that retarded, upward waveey chop.  Followed by dull upward fed manipulated drag.  But this time far weaker, and shorter, and after this?  Who knows, maybe market will PZlata!  Still I'd say there is a 20% chance of a 400 pt dow drop and a 5% chance drop of a 1000 pt drop, and 3% chance of 50% drop.  20% 50% drop?  LOL, they must think ppl are idiots.. o wait...  Even still QE is pretty much out of steam, and everyone knows it.  There is still a strong chance that market will fall less dramatically b/c market is heavily monitored by ppt and hft.

What I'm worried about is the huge distortion between aapldaq and es/ym

The entirety of today wreaks of manipulation.  Bonds skyrocketting 3-4am for on a weaker signal, then forcing the market's hand, and artificially keeping it up there.  Then the nas explodes past other indexes like its bull market times again...  All when aapl is finding support and bonds are getting bullish?  Someone centrally planned today..

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:47 | Link to Comment dogbreath
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wow, thats interesting.  what do you think of man made global warming

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:48 | Link to Comment crusty curmudgeon
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I think I know MDB well enough to say that this is what he'd tell us:

Only fools worry about stock prices.  Buying and holding is the best strategy for long-term growth.  Fret not about little ups and downs.  Make sure you exercise your right to vote for Rep or Dem and don't waste your vote on a 3rd party.  Best to support the candidate that believes in job growth and responsible government and the one that will fight for the working man.  Then he'd point out that the stock market is up right now and that proves all of this to be nonsense.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 19:16 | Link to Comment Umh
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He's counting on inflation. If I had the money I have now in 1929 I'd have been a rich guy.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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yeah yeah yeah and i've got bobby boy's SP chart at 800 by Sept of 2 MONTHS AGO. We could levitate like Japan or we could crash. We could print QE hopium prop up SP for years or we could 21% 42% 83% 12% % % % % % % % % % % % % % 

Flip a fucking coin. No one knows in rigged ponzi HFT greater fool of seemingly limitless pool of fools centrally planned oligopolisitc lack of markets markets.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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Perpetual foolery.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:48 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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see today's market levitation, on nothing but good cheer?

 

i had the crash Sept of last year. but i did not account for QEternity starting really with QE1.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:14 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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It really is such a huge 'face-palm' for so many people....we've had all these economists and all that nonsense for decades and all we really had to do was just IMAGINE up as much money as we need and it all just runs perfect forever! 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:25 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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I ever tell you about the guy who shat more than he ate? He was considered a marvel of science.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:02 | Link to Comment Al Huxley
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That's right, if only somebody had discovered that the obfuscated under-the-table monetization of huge and ultimately unpayable debt is completely without negative consequences, they could have done this years ago.  But I guess it just took the brilliant minds running the FED and the other western CBs to come up with the magic formula.  Maybe they can get to work on perpetual motion next.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:20 | Link to Comment ratso
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Turns out the prudent investor already knows this.  A 20% down move at any time is always in the cards - but this is followed by a stronger recovery if you can wait it out.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:24 | Link to Comment CClarity
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50% chance of a 21% plunge in the S&P 500 for just about any reason or none.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:22 | Link to Comment JPM Hater001
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You offer a good question: So what is likely in the 50% chance range?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:42 | Link to Comment JuliaS
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There is a 12% probability of me thinking with 33% certainty that this 6% specific article is 68% true.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:27 | Link to Comment madcows
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I'm all for it.  Such a plunge would confirm everyone's suspicions that the current state of the market has been massively impacted by the FED's actions.

Besides, I'm thinking we'd see a few Goldman Sax-ers jumping to their death.  And, that would bring a smile to my face.  May they reap what they have sown.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:54 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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We don't need a market plunge to confirm the Bernanke put. Just look at "Q-3 earnings" and "Q-4/ forward", guidance...

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:54 | Link to Comment Bob
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We also don't have to wait for the Gold Sackers to jump.  Just sayin.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:31 | Link to Comment Kitler
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98% chance of a 100% ass-raping after November 6th.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment timbo_em
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But both nominees promised to cut the deficit, keep taxes low or even lower taxes and increase spending and either one wants to create 12 million highly paying jobs over the next four years. And you say there is only a 2 percent chance of that happening?

However, if one also considers the Fed's monetary policy, even 98 percent seem to be overly optimistic.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Umh
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Obama promised to get us out of the middle east too. All my Democrat friends seem to forget that bit.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:15 | Link to Comment zorba THE GREEK
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Sorry Kitler, I like your avatar, but I think you've got the odds wrong.

IMHO it's a 50-50 chance.

50% We get ass raped by a Democrat

50% We get ass raped by a Republican.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:28 | Link to Comment Kitler
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50% + 50% = 100%

Same owners... Ass rape is guaranteed.

(There is a 2% chance of a giant meteorite etc. striking the planet however. We can always HOPE....)

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:38 | Link to Comment Dead Canary
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I'm still holding out on conquest and enslavement by aliens.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:41 | Link to Comment Kitler
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Sorry. No Scientologists to vote for in this election.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:29 | Link to Comment Duke of Con Dao
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I think future Bishop of America Mitt Romney predicts this in the following vid: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flNq72oTF_0

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:29 | Link to Comment w00dmann
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Over the past year or so I have been feeling a bit like a zombie, kind of like Christopher Walken in that movie Dead Zone - I feel as if I know what the future holds, that some sort of World War III will soon be unleashed upon mankind, and that I seem to be the ONLY PERSON on the planet who knows this. I watch people go about their daily lives, smiling and joking, going to work, buying their lattees and iPads, not a care in the world, utterly oblivious to the impending financial disaster that seems sure to hit like a tsunami and ruin our lives. And yet...

Life goes on as before. The collapse never comes. Everything seems normal; even banal. And I start to question my perspective; will the collapse actually hit? Perhaps it is merely a mirage, and the governments of the world will somehow be able to do what they say and spare us from the devastation of a global credit reset?

In other words, how can there be such calm, peace and complacency in this world if the eye of the storm is threatening to barrell down upon us like a million tornados; perhaps the storm doesn't really exist?

It's like living in bizarro world, and it's driving me crazy. Things that you know MUST be true are obfuscated by a Great Hand. Anybody else feel like this?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment Kitler
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< Economic collapse is in our future

< Happy Days will go on forever

I have harbored the same thoughts for years now as well. Fortunately the precious metals and farmland porfolio I have assembled has been extremely kind to me.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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"This, this, THIS is how the fuckin' world ends, man!  Not with a bang but with a whimper!  And with a whimper, I'm gettin' the fuck outta here!"  --some photojournalist somewhere

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:24 | Link to Comment Urban Redneck
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TS Eliot did it better, but original thought and journalism are mutually exclusive these days anyway...

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:35 | Link to Comment Kitler
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Dennis Hopper - Apocalypse Now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5JXrP8yv8o

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:35 | Link to Comment TrumpXVI
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You're not alone, w00dmann.

Franz Kafka would have understood, too:-)

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:37 | Link to Comment BoatDrinker
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w00dmann....probably one of the most poignant comments i've read on any comment section, relating to any subject matter.  but i suppose that is driven by the fact that i completely agree with your statement.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Karlus
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Dude, I was like that last year. Got in to crazy prepping, mad bullets and the like. Then I got married and made a nice killing in the market.

 

You need to go outside and walk in the park. Listen to some birds. Get laid (prostie or otherwise)

 

Staying on ZH all day long will skew more than your normalcy bias, it will get in your head.

 

Stay balanced, brother.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:00 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Nicely put. 

And may I add, keep stacking.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:03 | Link to Comment Kitler
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You need to go outside and walk in the park. Listen to some birds. Get laid (prostie or otherwise)

 Staying on ZH all day long will skew more than your normalcy bias, it will get in your head.

 Stay balanced, brother.

Amen.

But nothing can give you peace of mind more than being prepared for when shit happens.

And it will happen...

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:27 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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It's one thing to get acclimated to a collapse. It's another entirely to think that this could be decades of financial repression that wipes people put one at a time. That is tough to prep for.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment SMG
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Yea, hang in there.  Just prepare yourself and friends and family that will listen.  (Not all do, but don't sweat it at least you tried.  If you really like these people, maybe get some extra for them too.)

If it does come, survive, rebuild, make the world better for the future.

The collapse may never come, but it is far better to be prepared and not need it, than not prepared and need it. And if it dosen't so what,  any truly informed resonable person knows a collapse was always a real possibility.

Till then (maybe never), smell the flowers, go fishing, watch and enjoy a funny show, hug your family, try something new. 

Life's a journey, not a destination right?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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The collapse will come all right, precisely on 12/23/13.

Even more precisely, on 12/23/1913.

Thing is, it's been happening our whole lives with each incremental, infinitesimal event adding to the one before it in an effort to control the damage so that they may maximize its gains. What some refer to as the upcoming collapse is really the inescapbable hard-landing that most fear, yet they do not feel the pain they've endured every day from millions of "soft" ones.

This is the history of the muddle-through school of thought. We fear the future, for we fail to account for the past.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:49 | Link to Comment silverserfer
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I think soon it will become aparent that the creation of the FED was to accumulate ass much of the worlds gold as possible. It was always about the gold. Ft knox, NY FED, london, all depleted. Most now is in hidden PRIVATE vaults. I wonder if there was a secret bet made on Jeckyl Island as to who's family could accumulate the most gold in 100 years. We are about to find out.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:46 | Link to Comment crusty curmudgeon
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Follow the white rabbit.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:48 | Link to Comment rosethorn
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Agree with you.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:06 | Link to Comment vix is for kids
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W00dman, the best advice that I ever heard was "Quit your job as general manager of the world".

Just focus on those factors over which you have control: your education, skills, health and attitude. Awaiting a societal reset, or a financial calamity, however probable, is a distraction from maintaining control of your own destiny, and personal happiness.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:57 | Link to Comment Itch
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How long is a peice of string? 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:12 | Link to Comment bunnyswanson
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http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/10/hidden-surveillance-camera-use-given-nod-by-court/

 

It's news like this and the NDAA which leads me to believe preparations are being made for an event that may result in the need to cordon citizens who are not murderers, rapists and drug dealers, but malcontents who oppose govt policy and attempt to create a force in their community which will impact decision making - potential leaders.  OWS crowd, aside from a few unruly juvenile delinquents, was met with brutal force in light of their harmlessness, and this is why I am concerned.

 

The days when I make myself stay away from articles confirming my fears are my best days but staying tuned is important if for no other reason that being the last one out of the burning building.  It sucks any joy out of my life, I know.  I am tense all of the time even during long walks in the park, watching amusing movies or even after attempts to dull my senses with a few drinks.  This is what it is like, I believe, when you live in an unstable country.  Going into Canada, once upon a time, gave me an idea what a sound country felt like but that has since gone.  This is global.  I am terrified and it's my conclusion we are facing a life we did not bargain for.  This is someone else's movie and we are in it, as my friend describes it.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:13 | Link to Comment Bob
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Fuckin A.  You're shilling for Obamney in the wrong place, buddy. 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:53 | Link to Comment silverserfer
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No hes just flipping daffy.  

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:31 | Link to Comment A Man without Q...
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All this is telling you is there are a lot of people willing to buy very expensive tail risk hedges.  

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 19:08 | Link to Comment donsluck
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Or that if the market fails, it fails BIG. Otherwise...no worries!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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If the stock market falls 10%, the Fed will start buying equities in addition to the $40 billion a month in MBS.

The Bank of Japan is buying equities.  The Fed will not be far behind with its infinite stimulus.

If there were a serious chance of a 50% fall in equities, the VIX would be at 50 not 18.

Never short a manipulated market.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Smiddywesson
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My point exactly. The banks are well past the point of no return, and will continue until they can't.  Then all hell breaks loose.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:32 | Link to Comment Smiddywesson
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Well, I sure can't read the intent of the central bankers and their henchmen in government, but if they stop blowing into the the balloon, it has to collapse because they are the only ones keeping it inflated.  And you can forget about a mere 50% drop.  When this sucka goes, it's going to lose 80% or more.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:48 | Link to Comment Dead Canary
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At some point, all the central bankers will convene an emergency meeting and in a coordinated effort pump enormous liquidity into the markets to stem the panic.

This is when you leave your job, pull your kids out of school, go home and hang on to your butts.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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investors, lulz

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:58 | Link to Comment Muppet of the U...
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some guy told me he was investing in acompany on his own, so when I asked him what the name of the stock was he didn't know...  & then I asked him whta the market cap was, and he didnt know what the meant, and then I realized why ppl lose money in the market...  & then my life got flipped turned upside down..

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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The Election Cycle is insufferable.  I can wait til its gone and the ads go away.  All of this money that has been set on fucking fire.......how it could of actually helped people......instead, and thanks to Citizens United, it's a god damned ad every 5 minutes.

After nov 6th, the world goes back to reality, and the Baby Boomers at my job who think voting is the most important thing ever can just go away and shut the FUCK up.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:45 | Link to Comment vix is for kids
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Shizz, go and vote down all of the tax increases and bond issues that you'll find on your ballot.  Stick it to us Boomers.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:26 | Link to Comment rhinoblitzing
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Shizzz you Silly Little Dreamer - Don't you know the 2014 race for Congress is about to begin! And don;t forget that Bill is looking forward to seeing the White House Chef again on a daily basis!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:35 | Link to Comment leadingmarkets
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Down she goes! I refuse to invest in the broad stock market, i just go with stock alerts from the pros! Get in and get out with your $$$ http://pennydreamers.com

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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So, what's your opinion on stock broad markets?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment Karlus
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What are the odds on a 40% drop or a 25% drop? I bet better than 1 in 4.7

 

That said, if this was really accurate, then hedgies would sit in cash and just wait for the fall. They dont.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:48 | Link to Comment falak pema
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the nov 6 deadline could be a rubicon for the stock market; either way.

look at that EurUSD rollercoaster : 1.2790 

KASS: The Four Cliffs Affecting Stocks - Business Insider 

Powerful forces pushing S&P up even if they are flash in pan.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment vix is for kids
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The implied volatility of medium and long dated S&P options is currently about 24%, which has been about the long-term average for years.  Of course, the market could (should?) collapse, but the listed options are nowhere near pricing in a 21% chance in the next year.  I call "data mining bullshit" on Artemis Capital.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:41 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Posted at the exact moment when the ES is spiking.  ZH: the contrary indicator.  

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:18 | Link to Comment Smiddywesson
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I predicted the last ten collapses that didn't happen.  There's a 95.25% chance I'll predict the next one.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment Ben_Dover_Bernak
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Kool-aid colors man....

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment PUD
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This is what widows and orphans study before they "invest"

The whole thing should be burned to the ground.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Silver bitchez (sort of)

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:45 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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Oh, yeah, AAPL ramp strategy re-used once again.  

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:46 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Something like that could have been in store but the market indexes no longer represent anything like values of stock prices. So no there is zero chance of a 50% correction unless central bankers choose to make that adjustment.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:51 | Link to Comment Duke of Con Dao
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for my vid mash on Romney's 'David Koresh' moment I get 10 Nays on ZeroHedge

yet I have but 1 view on YouTube... YouTube - Mormon Bishop Mitt on the Importance of the Show Me State: Missouri

...

condemn if you wish but watch it first! 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:59 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Sorry, I accidentally started it not noticing it was one of your creations.

The condemnation? Well, that's due to your incessant thread spamming.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment hedgehog9999
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Just give me 1416 motherfuckers, I think i figured out your game!!!

 

 

 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment TideFighter
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The biggest bonuses are for those than can keep the DJIA daily +3 to -3 range going.

I've named it the Possum Fix, it just lays there and ptends to be dead.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:04 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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King Dollar!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:17 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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20% odds? I wouldnt put money on it....the FED has more imaginary dollars and computer programs than anyone can outlast. They'll crash it next when it best suits them to do so.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:18 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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50% plunges takes us to about 700 to 750.

 

http://bullandbearmash.com/chart/sp500-weekly-closes-week-week-lot-worse/

 

Should be much further - QE's are duds now and Barry emptied the till with Tim, so there shouldn't be much further interference from these two.

 

SP500 was around 400 in 1992.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:23 | Link to Comment vix is for kids
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If ever there were a graph with a bogus data point, that first one in the article is it. It shows a 3% chance of a 45% decline, but a 21% chance of a 50%decline.  If the data were true, any hedger would lock in a guaranteed profit going long the 45% decline and short the 50% decline, and get paid to do it!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:30 | Link to Comment jonan
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the tails, they are phat...

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:33 | Link to Comment MeelionDollerBogus
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BULLISH!

for vxx shares & calls

JPM puts anyone?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:46 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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And yet, there is no cacophony from the stacks of bullion, nor from the boxes of bullets or cans of beans.

Just conceptual continuity.

 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:50 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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All market selloffs have been banking panics.  You are betting on a banking crisis that has about a .00001 chance of happening with the printing press running. 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:59 | Link to Comment riphowardkatz
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your a bank and you have no way of going down. short it down, let the market slide show everyone who is boss buy on the cheap working it back up. 

this is in both the central banks interest (tame inflation through oil and other commodities taking a hit) and the banks interests...make money both ways.

 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:54 | Link to Comment WhiteNight123129
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Simple logic. We have to much debt to GDP, since someone´s debt is someone else´s asset and since Equities are just a redisual claim after debt is repaid, we have too much financial assets to GDP or circulation if you will.

Commodities price are related to the nominal level of circulation divided by hte quantities consumed.

Since we have too much financial assets in nominal quantity to circulation and since circulation nominal level if reflected into commodities. Long real assets short financial assets until the debt to circulation is going to far, then short commodities and long financial assets for another 30 years, rinse and repeat.

 

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:11 | Link to Comment Democratic koolaid
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If the Democrats(socialists) win the presidency I would diversify out of the S&P 500s portfolio. Get into metals which have less to do with domestic buisness affairs within U.S.of A.

Romeny sounds more natural and on the metaphorical "ball" in regards to the spirit of the American dream and it's abilitys to do great things.

Obama just walked onto the stage like he was at a Jay Z concert and pumped the non-class based Idealogy(aka Koolaid) that is at best European.

"if Romney wins buy stocks and if obama wins buy bonds"

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 18:25 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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If Jimmy Carter had a son by a black woman he would look, think and act like Obama.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 19:33 | Link to Comment Democratic koolaid
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Carter didn't have a son with "a black" women it was an Arab and he got a job as a Pilot in NYC.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 19:13 | Link to Comment donsluck
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If you carefully read the graphic, it says that if the market fails, it fails big. This small probability is the odds of the fiscal authorities loosing control. I wouldn't worry unless this risk expanded in probability. It offers a chance to risk some fun money on a low probability high return bet.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:32 | Link to Comment hedgehog9999
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This will happen as soon as Morgan Stanley hits the skids. People need to raise cash for the times coming.

 

What happenened to NY City is Child's play compared to what's coming thanks to Bernanke and co.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 20:40 | Link to Comment IMA5U
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And in all the rubble, gold and zero hedge would be standing.

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 21:08 | Link to Comment Implicit simplicit
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The proabability spike at 21% of a 50% drop, yet even with the fiscal cliff, the euro crisis, weak earnings, the mideast etc.. the complacency exemplified by the vix is rampant. According to Luby over at Vix and more, this is the first time in 15 years that the vix has not reached 30....yet.

In general, traders are not buying substantial insurance against even a decent correction, even at theses cheap prices. 

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 00:17 | Link to Comment Cast Iron Skillet
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man, I'd sure like to get one of those graphical tail-risk drawing thingies - that is really cool! thanks for sharing!

... is there an app for that?

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 00:54 | Link to Comment sink critically
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While I agree that a 50% correction "should" happen, I disagree that it will. I put the odds of a correction that large at 0%. Before that would be allowed to happen the hft's would have to unionize and go on strike, the authorities would have to be physically restrained from halting trading completely, and the power would have to go out.

Oh wait...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 01:57 | Link to Comment Ctrl_P
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You know what they say about million to one chances...  they crop up 9 times out of 10.

 

Props to Sir Terry.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 06:08 | Link to Comment kikk
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Speaking of Standard and Poors..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20216638

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