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Dumb Money Confidence as a Stock Market Return Predictor

August 18, 2022 • Posted in Sentiment Indicators

A subscriber suggested testing SentimenTrader’s Dumb Money Confidence model “that incorporates more than a dozen indicators that have a track record of cycling to extremes, and equating with ebbs and flows in sentiment among broad categories of investors.” To investigate, we transcribe monthly values of Dumb Money Confidence from the chart at the link and relate this series to monthly SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) total returns, calculated from the open on the first trading day after a Dumb Money Confidence date to the open on the first trading day after the next Dumb Money Confidence date. Using the specified data from the end of December 1998 (limited by the Dumb Money Confidence series) through the end of July 2022, we find that: (more…)

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