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VIX / Nasdaq Weekly Timing Model

03/22/02 09:28:42 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

My previous article showed a compelling inverse relationship between VIX and the Nasdaq on the daily chart. How does this hold up on a weekly chart ?

Security:   Nasdaq/QQQ
Position:   N/A

It would make sense that the longer term weekly chart should offer some kind of confirmation to the daily perspective and it does via a slightly different path.

Here I use MACD (moving average convergence/divergence) to help time this model once again to the VIX chart. As a shorter term trader I prefer the quicker setting of 5-15-9 vs the default setting many use of 12-26-9.

I still use the One-Two Punch concept as follows:

First punch (signal) hit when VIX touches the trendline and the confirming second punch occurs when we have corresponding MACD crossovers for both VIX and Nasdaq.

Aggressive traders may want to move earlier, perhaps using the first MACD cross from either Nasdaq or VIX.
They seem to cross very close to one another which makes sense when you see how close this inverse relationship holds.

Weekly Nasaq / VIX Timing Model
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As you can see this chart was created on January 11, 2002, when I was particularily concerned with a coming downleg. We all know what happened next, the Nasdaq quickly proceeded to give up about 300 points in a downleg.
And yes, that second timing punch registered as expected.

In my next two articles I will show where these imminent downleg "feelings" came from, using candlesticks and indicators- An interesting look back.

Gary Grosschadl

Independent Canadian equities trader and technical analyst based in Peterborough
Ontario, Canada.

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