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VIX Soars as Markets Rush for Cover on Financial Contagion Risk

  • Options gauge exceeds 30 for first time since last October
  • Two-year Treasury yields tumble amid recession concerns
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Fears that failures at US regional lenders including Silicon Valley Bank could portend a much bigger issue are sweeping across the globe, prompting Wall Street traders to seek shelter in the options market. 

The Cboe Volatility Index, a gauge of options cost tied to the S&P 500 known as VIX, jumped Monday to briefly exceed 30 for the first time since last October, while the equity measure sank as much as 1.4% before paring.