The Inverted Percentile VIX

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January 18, 2013 - 2:19pm

Of the many reasons that investors have a tendency to struggle with an interpretation of the VIX, one of the most obvious is an issue of orientation: for the most part, the VIX moves in the opposite direction of stocks. Frankly, it is difficult to appreciate some of the nuances of an upside-down world unless you spend a lot of time hanging upside down looking out at the world, like a bat. It is partly for this reason that I created the “inverted VIX” back in August 2007. At that time, the VIX had just spiked into the mid-20s only two months after having traded in the 12s. The chart below is an updated version of the inverted VIX over the course of the past year and demonstrates that for the most part, the SPX and the inverted VIX track fairly closely, though there are times, such as just prior to the fiscal cliff denouement, when the VIX sometimes strikes out on its own path. [so...

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