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VIX, as a measure of implied (1)volatility in S&P 500 Index options, provides a rough approximation of how much investors are willing to pay for protection against extreme market shifts. A high VIX reading suggests investors are willing to pay more for protection.
Since declining sharply from its peak in March 2020, implied volatility has remained above its historical average of 20. When markets are calm, this reading tends to be lower.
This relatively high implied volatility is a sign that investors have not yet completely shrugged off concerns over potential agitation: despite markets already being elevated, they probably have more to go before euphoria strikes.
(1)Volatility: Statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given security or market index. In most cases, the higher the volatility, the riskier the security
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