Eric King posted this interesting chart showing mutual fund cash levels. According to King mutual fund cash level has declined to its lowest levels ever:
“The percentage of liquid assets (aka mutual cash levels) was 3.4% in July. This is the lowest percentage cash level ever and is near levels that accompanied the 2007 equity market peak.”
You’re likely familiar with the myth of cash on the sidelines, however, if mutual fund managers are any sign of bullishness it’s clear that they’re quite bullish. The last two times we witnessed cash levels near these levels were directly before the 1999 market implosion and the 2008 market debacle. Surely it’s unwise to use any single indicator to make market decisions, however, this is one macro indicator that is worth noting.