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U.S. Stocks Are Now More Volatile Than Their Emerging Market Peers

The New York Stock Exchange stands illuminated at night in New York.
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Stocks in emerging markets have historically been more volatile than their U.S. peers. Not anymore.

After a 29 percent gain in the first week of December and a 20 percent advance last week, the VIX Index reached 28.12 on Thursday. That’s 2.4 points higher than the volatility gauge in emerging equities.