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What is the VIX?

The VIX is the square root of the par variance swap rate for a 30 day term initiated today (!!).
The VIX is quoted in terms of percentage points and translates, roughly, to the expected movement in the S&P 500 index over the next 30-day period, on an annualized basis. For example, if the VIX is [...]

HSBC chief warns of second downturn

The group chief executive of HSBC, Michael Geoghegan, has warned a second downturn could be on the horizon and has reacted by limiting the bank’s expansion.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Geoghegan – a career banker who has been with HSBC for more than three decades – said he believed the recovery was more [...]

Walking on egg shells: “Nervous Nelly” investors panicked on the way down last year, and now they are fearful on the way up

An article from Morningstar discussing the emotional worries of investors who perhaps lost on the way down but then were too nervous to benefit from the rally over the last six months.
“Nervous Nelly” investors panicked on the way down last year, and now they are fearful and skeptical about the sustainability of the fierce [...]

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