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Chart Chatter: $VIX

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Let’s have a longer term look at the $VIX.

The volatility compression years of 2016 and 2017 printed a large declining wedge following a precise pattern of lower highs and lower lows. This bullish pattern bursted to the upside in February 2018:

Several key things to point out:

In 2017 we saw a secondary trend line develop as resistance, this trend line has become support in 2018 as has the upper trend line.

While $SPX briefly has made new highs in August these trend lines have again confirmed as support.

In addition, we can observe a new descending wedge forming on top of the previous wedge. This pattern is tightening, but has room to go lower.

At the same time we can spot a potential inverse on the $VIX, the right shoulder of which has pushed the $VIX against its upper trend line. Note there are 2 upper trend lines which are currently resistance. A confirmed break above these trend lines would likely trigger a sharp spike in the $VIX.

$VIX has shown multiple lengthy periods of consolidation in between spikes and this may happen here again. However, for now the potential inverse pattern has not been invalidated and $VIX is nestled right against the upper trend lines making the $VIX a key chart to watch here as it appears to be at a pivotal point.


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