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Spike in the VIX as several factors continue to dog sentiment
Thursday 01 Nov 2018 Author: Tom Sieber

Market volatility has spiked again with the indices in the US and China serving up 3% intra-day declines in the past week.

This is reflected in the VIX (Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index) which measures market expectations of short-term volatility by looking at the prices of a wide range of options on the S&P 500.

This key measure of volatility hit 25.23 on 24 October, its highest level since earlier sell-offs in February and March 2018.

The concerns driving the big swings in the market remain broadly the same with investors fretting over rising interest rates, the Chinese economy and a trade war between China and the US. (TS)

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