Index Complexity – Science Confirms Intuition

Which of these US market indices is the most complex: DJI, NASDAQ or the S&P? Surely, it is the NASDAQ because it is full of tech stocks. The DJI, being based on what we would call the real economy, is quite the opposite, more suited for investors who are less risk-hungry. The S&P clearly lies somewhere in the…

Rating the Resilience of Major Markets, 31-st December, 2015

Resilience Ratings of major markets are reported in the table below. Analysis performed on 31/12/2015. The results are presented without comments.     Resilience is the capacity to absorb shocks or destabilizing events, such as financial contagion, stock market collapses, market bubbles, natural disasters or geopolitical events. Opposite of fragility, resilience provides an indication of…

Greece. Brutum Fulmen?

The GDP of Greece accounts for a very small percentage of that of the Eurozone. And yet, the magnitude of the reaction that the Greek crisis is inducing in the markets and in the media is certainly out of proportion. The amount of market capitalization that has been lost in the past few days exceeds…

Major Stock Markets: Is A Crash Imminent?

Over the past few months stock markets have been registering very positive performance. Some analysts claim the markets are in a bubble condition. Bubbles can emerge from cognitive biases, herd behaviour and involve positive feedback loops which accelerate bubble growth. The S&P, for example, has tripled since its low in 2009. Since the 1990s, the…