From WisdomTree: I have written on the jump in the VIX that occurred in February, taking investors by surprise. While there was a precursor to this unprecedented surge in the VIX (a compression of spreads between implied minus realized volatility), it was subtle and the move was very sudden.
From BlackRock: Kate explains what may constitute the new defense in stocks as rates transition from “lower for longer” to higher at long last.
From BlackRock: Many are pointing a finger at Washington for the recent spike in volatility. But, as Russ Koesterich explains, the catalysts lie elsewhere.
From Dana Lyons: Short-term volatility expectations took a dramatic spike higher Monday.
From Chris Ciovacco: It would be great if the stock market moved in a consistent manner allowing us to calmly watch our account balances grow. Unfortunately, enduring volatility is a necessary evil for those looking to capture long-term investment gains.
From Chris Vermeulen: With volatility setting up like 2014/2015, Get ready for some interesting range rotation and price swings.
From BlackRock: Russ Koesterich discusses why investors should worry less about higher interest rates and more about the volatility resulting from tighter financial conditions.
From Tyler Durden: If the XIV-buyers were “picking up nickels,” then mysterious VIX trader ’50-cent’ was the “steamroller” as his cumulative P&L swung $400 million last week from a big loss to a $200 million plus gain in a year.
From Dana Lyons: By any number of metrics, the stock volatility market just experienced its most spasmatic episode of all-time — what does it mean for traders and investors?
From Franklin Templeton Investments: The recent drops in the stock market can lead to a lot of questions and concerns about what investors should do.
From Contrarian Outlook: In my years in the markets, I’ve seen some dangerous financial products come on the scene, but the two I’m going to show you in a moment might be the most dangerous.
From Dana Lyons: Relative to the moderate drawdown in the stock market this week, short-term volatility expectations are screaming higher.
From Dana Lyons: Based on one measure of volatility, the recent period in the stock market has been the calmest of all-time.
From John Rubino: 2017 was literally the smoothest stretch of highway that US stocks have ever traveled. Rising almost every day and seldom falling hard, they made it virtually impossible for investors to lose money.
From Dana Lyons: Both the S&P 500 and its volatility index have been rallying; which one has it right?