CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX)


The Chicago Board of Options Exchange Market Volatility Index (VIX) is a measure of implied volatility, based on the prices of a basket of S&P 500 Index options with 30 days to expiration.

Chart1: CBOE Market Volatility Index

How this indicator works

A rising VIX indicates that traders expect the S&P 500 Index to become more volatile. The higher the VIX, the higher the fear, which, according to market contrarians, is considered a buy signal. A falling VIX indicates that traders in the options market expect the S&P 500 Index to trade more quietly. In the same respect, the lower the VIX, the lower the fear – indicating a more complacent market.



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