Volatility

The S&P 500 Is Now Overvalued On 18 Of 20 Valuation Metrics

Based on BofA's 20 most widely used valuation metrics, the S&P remains substantially overvalued according to 18 of 20, the only exceptions being FCF, and relative to bonds where yields are depressed thanks to endless central bank monetization backstops.

"Friends Don't Let Friends Buy VIX"

"You know a trade is getting crowded when my parents start asking about it.  You know just how one sided something is when people think that even Chuck Norris can’t make money buying vol... I think selling VIX is very crowded and fraught with danger."

"A Volatile Autumn": Buckled Up For Structured Criticality

Structured criticality is a property of complex systems in which small events may trigger larger events due to subtle interdependencies between elements. This often gives rise to a form of stratified chaos where the general behavior of the system can be modeled on one scale while smaller- and larger-scale behaviors remain unpredictable.

S&P Futures, Euro, Stocks Fall After Fed's Low Inflation Warning

S&P futures, European stocks and bond yields all fell in early trade alongside oil and the euro after the latest Fed minutes expressed concern over weak U.S. inflation, while Asian equities rose overnight ahead of WalMart earnings and the latest ECB minutes

Two Stunning Facts About Last Week's VIX Explosion

While the events from last Thursday's volatility explosion may now seem like a distant memory, here are two stunning facts about last week's VIX explosion, and this week's subsequent vol collapse.