It took a while, but volatility finally came back to the stock market last week. And, it looks like it’s going to stick around for a bit.

We’ve written often about how the Volatility Index (VIX) usually bounces pretty hard off of its lower Bollinger Band (BB). That bounce usually coincides with a drop in the broad stock market.

So, with the VIX riding along its lower Bollinger Band for the past few weeks, we recently suggested the relative calmness in the market was likely to be interrupted… soon.

We got that interruption last Wednesday and Thursday when the VIX spiked 50% higher, and the S&P 500 fell 200 points.

And, by the look of the following chart, we probably have another round of volatility coming soon. Take a look at this chart of the VIX…

The sharp increase in volatility last week pushed the VIX above its upper Bollinger Band. And, on Friday, the VIX came back down and tested the upper BB as support.

Now, normally, I’d look at this as a potentially bullish sign for the stock market – since it sets up the possibility of a “buy” signal when the VIX closes back inside the bands. But, things are a little different here in 2020.

Previous VIX buy signals, like the ones we got in late January and late February, led to one- and two-day “wonder rallies” in the stock market. But, those buy signals ultimately failed as volatility spiked again, and stocks fell.

It took two buy signals before stocks rallied in February. And, it took four VIX buy signals before the market finally bottomed in March and the recent “greatest rally of all time” got started.

Technically, the VIX generated a buy signal on Friday by closing back inside its Bollinger Bands. But, I suspect this signal will lead to just another one- or two-day wonder rally. Then the VIX will spike higher again and the market will continue lower.

Traders should probably wait for at least a second VIX buy signal before trying to buy the dip.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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I bought some Bitcoin in early April and wanted to see it go back down to a certain level. Therefore, I didn’t act after your analysis, but I did watch the move in May and June.

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Thank you for generously sharing your excellent chart analysis

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Dear Jeff, I follow your candid, easy-to-understand, entertaining analysis, and recommendations since last fall, with a lifetime membership to The Breakout Alert. In early January, I purchased shares of NVAX as recommended by you. I ignored your first sell alert for which I apologize half-heartedly.

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