VIX – A Fear Gauge – That went to sleep in 2017

The VIX index is a fear index that pops up really high when fear is rampant, and drifts down when fear subsides.

VIX and The Year 2017 Record Breaking

Over the last 26 years the VIX has registered a end of the day reading of 10 or less 9 times.

VIX as of 12-15-17

At the close of market just a few days ago, as you can see, 9.42.

Care to guess how many days and counting the VIX closed below 10 in 2017 SO FAR?

49 … FORTY NINE … and counting!

While this is terrific news for a smooth ride in 2017, looking ahead we don’t want to get to used to this type of calm.

Think about this for a second, the fear index has closed below 10 in the last 26 years only 9 times, and this year it has closed below that level 49 times! (So far!)

It was an unusually fearless year.

Stay Vigilant !

Have a Happy “Low VIX/Fear” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.



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