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It's America First in Volatility Land With Anomalies Galore

  • U.S. stocks are becoming more volatile versus other markets
  • American political risks gaining attention as economy slows

As the world’s largest and deepest equity market, the U.S. tends to be the relatively steady hand among volatile peers. Not anymore.

The country is at the epicenter of global market anxieties from trade to monetary tightening and an economic slowdown. The U.S. gauge of future volatility, the VIX, has exceeded the equivalents in Europe, Hong Kong and even emerging markets a few times over the past month. This is an anomaly that’s become more commonplace since the market sell-off in February 2018.