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The No Market Volatility Fairytale

Has 2014 stock market volatility really gone the way of dodo birds and dinosaurs as claimed?

The news du jour is that falling VIX means that stock market volatility (NYSEARCA:SPY) is non-existent. Is it true? Recent headlines give this innuendo. Here’s a tiny sample:

VIX Tumbles to 9-month Lows – Zerohedge
VIX Volatility Index Falls to Lowest Level in Over a Year – Wall Street Journal
Fear Strikes Out on Wall Street – Reuters

The dominant argument in these news articles is how volatility has been virtually non-existent because the VIX has slid more than 11% year-to-date and over 30% during the past two years.

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