The market stillness before the storm

In a climate of heightened uncertainty over global monetary policy and geopolitical tensions, unusually low market volatility could be a signal of more difficult times ahead.

“Financial markets have been quiet, maybe too quiet,” according to Reserve Bank of Australia assistant governor Guy Debelle. Nevertheless, volatility has picked up somewhat more recently and the VIX, a common measure of implied volatility in financial markets, has increased to its highest level since February.

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