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Market Fear Index (VIX)

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VIX Fear Index Model: Neutral

Chart shows the CBOE VIX Index value since inception.

Recession periods are shaded.

Summary: The VIX Index is derived from SPX options prices and represents the amount of volatility investors expect over the coming 30 days. The index has no valence and does not formally predict bear or bull markets. However, in practice, high VIX values represent market fear of upcoming volatility, which tends to correlate with market crashes. Alternately, low VIX values indicating market stability correlate well with bullish sentiments.

What is the VIX?

The VIX is a way to measure how much the stock market might change in the next month. 

If the VIX is high, people think the market will change a lot.

If it’s low, people expect it to stay stable. 

Since 1993, the VIX has had an average value of 19.55% and has usually been around 7.9% away from that number.

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