Weekly Comic: VIX hits all-time low; is volatility dead? – Investing.com

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Investing.com – The VIX, Wall Street’s so-called ‘fear gauge’, crashed to the lowest level on record this week, as a raft of better-than-expected earnings reports boosted appetite for equities.

The , fell to an all-time low of 8.84 on Wednesday. Its historical average is 20.

The index, which is based on options contracts on the 30-days in the future, is down around 37% so far this year.

The VIX has been establishing trading ranges that continue to fall in recent weeks as the U.S. stock market has reached repeated records.

17 of the 26 lowest closes in history for the VIX have come in the last three months.

Will the recent death of volatility sow the seeds of the next financial crisis?

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