The VIX Fear Index is Higher But Stocks are Steady

Don’t call it a panic.

Investors seem to be piling into traditional havens like Treasurys TMUBMUSD10Y, +0.00% gold GCM7, +0.94% and the Japanese yen this week. And stock-market volatility, as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +1.20% widely known as Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” is at its highest since just after the U.S. presidential election in November.

But U.S. stocks, while looking shaky, haven’t seen an outright plunge. And other assets generally perceived as risky, including high-yield corporate debt and emerging market equities and bonds have held their own.

via MarketWatch

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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