Chart of the Week: $TLT / $HYG Ratio Breaking Out


Ratio Breaking Out of 5-Yr Triangle

I like to chart the ratio of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) vs. iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG). Generally speaking, when the ratio is declining (HYG outperforming TLT), then sentiment is risk on, as investors seek risk for greater return. When the ratio is ascending (TLT outperforming HYG), then sentiment is risk off, as investors seek lower risk investments.

This ratio has formed a symmetrical triangle for the past five years, and just broke out on the weekly chart this past week above falling resistance, indicating a bias away from risk. It’s a bit early to tell if this is a false breakout or the beginning of a measured move higher, but the move is noteworthy and warrants close monitoring.

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I am the founder of and an avid trader. I am also the co-founder of Texas Precious Metals, a top US precious metals company. In 2006 I was a contestant on The Apprentice with future president, Donald Trump. I live in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, with my wife and five children, where I spend my time hiking, charting, and changing diapers.

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