Toronto, Ontario -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/25/2013 -- CTA and Risk Management firm Genuine Trading Solutions Ltd. has announced its prediction for 2013 and it includes a major stock market correction for the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ indices.
Genuine Trading Solutions President and CEO, Dwayne Strocen announced today "The stock market indices of the United States and ultimately world markets are poised for a major correction in 2013". He cites his reasons as follows:
The CBOE Volatility Index or VIX is widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market and has an inverse relationship with the major indices such as the S&P 500. On Friday January 18, 2013, the VIX closed at a five and a half year low of 12.46, indicating optimism and good times ahead. A level not previously seen since April 2007, one year prior to the great recession of 2008. Traditionally known as the euphoria phase of an economic cycle, it is also the harbinger for a stock market correction, catching by surprise both the professional and amateur investor alike.
While the economy is far from firing on all cylinders the Stock markets are now flirting close to all time highs. It is then with no surprise that inverse to the VIX, the S&P 500 closed Friday at 1480.94. A level itself not previously seen since December 2007, though still shy of its all-time high set two months previous. While in over-bought territory, the S&P is not yet considered dangerously over-bought. It all comes down to too much too fast. Yet the long term indicators seem to indicate there is more to be concerned about.
The technical indicators are not suggesting an imminent correction within a matter of days. They do suggest a more likely scenario of possibly sometime in the spring of this year. “While we are not contrarians”, Says Mr. Strocen. “It would be imprudent not to stand-up and take notice of the obvious.” “We believe there is still some up-side and profits for the taking, but we are doing so cautiously always aware that when corrections do materialize, they tend to do so without much warning and always taking investors by surprise. As a firm concerned with managing market risk, we are doubly cautious going forward and managing our USA Index CTA program accordingly.”
The stimulus for any large correction could come from any number of sources. As we experienced with the Greek crisis, the catalyst for such an event may not be within the control of local government or within the ability of regulators to forecast or foresee. Such events tend to exceed international borders and if occurs, will likely affect global markets and their exchanges.
Genuine Trading Solutions is a derivatives specialist in risk management hedging for its clientele of corporations and financial institutions. As a CTA, the company also manages the Genuine USA Index Managed Account Program. This program is focused on the stock market indices of the USA, particularly the S&P 500.
"We are pleased to be a member of the risk management and CTA community extending our expertise into this exciting field of endeavor and share in the success of our international client base", says Dwayne Strocen - President and CEO.