MARKETS SPECTATOR: All eyes on the fear index

Recent price action on the VIX shows investors are less worried about downside risk, and may signal a bottom to the recent sell-off.

Unusual moves in the volatility index – or fear index, as it became better known as during the GFC – point toward a bottoming in markets.

During the wild ride that was the GFC, big moves in the indices meant big inverse moves in the VIX.

However, looking at the price action in the VIX last week paints a more positive picture than what we’ve become accustomed to.

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