Tag Archive: vix index

A Prime Example- Volatility Spike

Over the weekend: President Trump alluded to a breakdown in ongoing U.S./China trade negotiations. The U.S. is now set to impose further tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, taking the current rate of 10 percent up to 25 percent. Talks were scheduled to continue this week in Washington, although it is now unclear if scheduled meetings will take place. Markets are on edge over the news, as stocks had seemingly priced in a deal being done in the coming weeks. Volatility Spike: Today, the... Continue Reading

Heed the Warnings

The last couple of weeks have seen rising stock market volatility as numerous issues weigh on markets and investor sentiment. The declines seen in Chinese markets cannot, and should not, be ignored. The Shanghai Composite is off some 25 percent since the beginning of the year, and more downside could potentially be in store. The Chinese economy has already shown some key signs of slowing, and if it does in fact slow further the effects may be felt all over the globe. Chinese officials have... Continue Reading

Buckle Your Seatbelts

Equity markets remain not far from recent all-time highs, and there seems to be an eerie sense of calm in the marketplace. The CBOE’s VIX index, commonly referred to as the “fear gauge,” is showing a reading of less than 15 currently in another sign that perhaps investors have become overly complacent. With a Presidential election looming and a whole host of other key economic issues facing the global economy, the current era of complacency could be about to change-and rapidly. Regardless of who wins... Continue Reading