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FEAR/GREED SENTIMENT INDEX – AUGUST 19, 2017

August 19th, 2017


The “Fear/Greed Sentiment Index: What Emotion is Driving the Market Now?” reading is finally in the “Extreme Fear” range for the second day in a row at 17. This indicator is now suggesting that the general stock market is in a “buying opportunity” zone.

This is a minimum requirement for taking new positions in the general stock market. In the past, it is not unusual for market bottoms to occur when this index is under 10. But overall, the market is close to a bottom and it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to start taking positions on any further weakness even though your “palms are sweaty.”

But in times and opportunities like this, money management strategies are the key to success. In my book, Wall Street Craps: How to Play Today’s Hot & Cold Markets for Fast Money With Less Risk, I write about dividing your investing capital into “chips” or even blocks of money.

For example, if you have $100, divide this amount into 20 $5 chips. Your first bet might be $5 or $10 or 5% or 10% of your investing capital. So the present situation would be one where you make a first bet. This means that the present buying opportunity should only be 5%-10% of your investing or trading capital. This is because you may be a little early at this time and in steep market drops being early can be costly and dangerous.

 

 

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