The Market Regime Indicator (MRI) is a proprietary macro indicator developed by the SSGA Investment Solutions Group (ISG). Based on forward-looking market information, it is designed to identify the level of Risk aversion/appetite in the market. The factors utilized to generate the signal include implied equity and currency volatility as well as spreads on fixed income.
The Investment Solutions Group uses the MRI as one of the inputs into its global tactical asset-allocation decision making process. The MRI is the result of over twelve months of rigorous testing by the Investment Solutions Group. The test results showed that the MRI tracked historical market stress events and trading strategies based on the level of outperformance generated by the indicator. By design, the MRI signal varies between 0% and 100%. On this scale, a high level is often characterised by market tensions, such as a significant increase in volatility and a drop in Risky asset prices.