VIX Shows Greater Sense of Uncertainty in the Markets
If you look at the chart I created (see below -- click it to see a larger image), you can clearly see that -- from late Summer of 2007 -- the market's consensus on volatilty has been elevated to a substantially higher level. Another thing that is striking from this chart I created is how 'jumpy' risk is. Not only are there sizable spikes but there seems to be some anecdotal evidence of what econometricians call 'regime switching.' In this case, the regime we have switched to is that of higher volatility and uncertainty in the marketplace.
These upward jumps and spikes in risk seems to coincide pretty well with the credit crises and other negative economic and financial news. Of course, this isn't a careful study of the data, but I thought I would offer up a tiny bit of real world financial data analysis to readers of this blog.