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Market Volatility Disappears, Even From Volatility Indexes

Wall Street's favorite measure of market movements hasn't been this dead since 2009
Data: CBOE; graphic by Bloomberg Businessweek

 

The swings in stocks have fallen to a more than two-decade low, and investors increasingly are betting even more calm lies ahead. That's left many warning about the risks of sudden spikes in market turmoil. Yet even those are smaller now. The CBOE Volatility Index - commonly called the VIX - has moved an average of 4.5 percent each day in 2017, the least since 2009.

 

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