Chart o’ the Day: Longest Streak in 53 Years

Jon Krinsky at MKM Partners shares an amazing stat on the S&P 500’s recent proximity to the all-time highs:

By now, most participants are aware that the S&P 500 hasn’t had a 1% down day since October 12th, or 94 consecutive trading days. That ties the streak from 2006. Barring a 1% down day today, this will be the longest such streak since 1995. Yet in many ways, a single 1% down day is irrelevant. For instance, two consecutive down days of 0.90% would be a much bigger drawdown than a single 1% down day. To get a better view of impact to a portfolio, we looked at the maximum SPX drawdown from a 52-week high (closing basis) going back to 1960.

Remarkably, the SPX has gone 74 trading days without a 1.5% drawdown from the 52-week high. That is the longest such streak since 1964 (126 trading days), and the second longest streak since 1960. Recently there was a streak of 72 days that ended on 7/30/14, and there was also a streak that ended at 72 days on 5/17/95. Outside of those, there was a 60 day streak that ended almost exactly ten years ago on 2/26/07.

Jon’s takeaway is the right one – vol cannot be contained forever, but the length of time that could pass before it comes back can and will amaze even veteran traders.


74 days without a 1.5% drawdown… longest streak in 53 years
MKM Partners – February 28th 2017

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