01 May 2017 at 15:19 GMT
The past week brought a strong showing in equities, especially in Europe, after a market-friendly centrist candidate won the first round of the French presidential elections, which triggered a wave of relief around the globe. As stock prices rose, volatility collapsed, and solid quarterly earnings reports contributed to the collapse in implied volatility. Volatility on commodities, such as crude oil and gold, is also low.
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Trade view / 17 March 2017 at 15:03 GMT
The nervous system in the market appears to be healthy on the surface, as measured by the VIX volatility index. Higher market prices have greased consumer confidence and borrowing in the US. The Fed's interest-rate hikes seem to be gradual and measured. What could go wrong?
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