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The Volatility Index: What it is and is not


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The Volatility Index (VIX) measures the option market’s projected volatility. Typically, it spikes during stock market distress and is therefore referred to as the fear gauge. The VIX is often misinterpreted. In this white paper, learn if the VIX helps investors’ time-the-market or offers any practical portfolio applications.

The VIX, created by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1993, measures implied volatility for the S&P 100 index with the data beginning in 1990. In 2003, the CBOE changed the underlying index to the S&P 500. As a forward-looking measure of volatility, the VIX uses option prices to estimate what volatility is expected over the next 30 days for the S&P 500 (which is often referred to as implied volatility). It is different than realized volatility that calculates historical volatility of the underlying index from the past 30 days.

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