The VIX Index remains one of the more intriguing strategy trades I use. Profits can be quite large but the amount of capital needed is usually small.
I have always found the strategy to be highly profitable and rarely have I had losing trades. The VIX Index is often referred to as the “fear index” since the VIX Index measures volatility in the stock market.
VIX Index – The Fear Index
The name “fear index” is aptly chosen as the index moves higher when markets are under stress. The VIX Index pushes a lot higher during corrections and moves still higher in bear markets and periods of heightened concern.
VIX Index Chart 1986 to 2016
The VIX Index chart from 1986 to 2016 is interesting to view. There highest recorded reading was in the October 1987 crash when the VIX rose to 171.52 as stocks collapsed. The second worst period was the credit crisis of 2008 to 2009. In that bear market the VIX Index rose to a high of $89.53.
What is also interesting is the number of times the VIX Index has risen to 50. The August 2015 drop registered a reading above 50 at 53.29 which was the highest reading since the credit crisis.
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