Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Spike in the Fear Index

The CBOE Volatility Index posted its biggest daily jump yesterday since the day following Britain’s vote to exit from the European Union, which upset markets around the world last June. The VIX measures expectations for market swings in the S&P 500 index 30 days in the future.

The so-called Fear Index was up about 46 percent on the day. That is its biggest daily move since June 24. when the index jumped 49.3 percent. The S&P Index lost nearly 2 percent on the day.

Still, the level for the so-called fear gauge remains low compared with its long-term average of 20. This one-day climb comes just a week after the fear gauge registered its lowest close since 1993.

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