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Why You Should Expect a Pickup in Stock-Market Volatility

“Traders are convinced the market volatility will remain subdued”

by Bob Stokes
Updated: August 23, 2022

When things get quiet in a horror movie, that's when you need to really brace yourself. The monster or the killer will soon be on the scene.

That's a close enough analogy to what can happen in the stock market. Just when investors get comfortable with a stretch of low volatility -- wham! -- volatility picks up in a major way.

Back on Nov. 27, 2019, our U.S. Short Term Update showed a chart titled "Calm Before the Craziness," and said:

The CBOE volatility Index (VIX) closed below 12.00 for the third straight session... In fact, investors are so complacent that, paradoxically, it signals a coming pick up in volatility.

About three months later, our Feb. 24, 2020 U.S. Short Term Update noted:

The VIX surged 69% intraday and is now up 130% since the November 26 low. The VIX should eventually move even higher as stocks prices work lower.

As you may recall, a hair-raising stock market decline that had started in mid-February continued to plummet into March 23 of that year.

What does this have to do with today?

This chart and commentary from our August 15, 2022 U.S. Short Term Update provides the answer:


We have inverted the scale to align the VIX with prices. The DSI Indicator ( has declined to 15, the lowest reading since March 29 (DSI of 13), which coincided with [an Elliott wave high]. The VIX itself declined to 19.12 on August 12 and traders are convinced the market volatility will remain subdued. As shown by the vertical dashed lines, the prior two times that traders were equally confident that volatility will remain muted occurred at or near prior market highs.

Indeed, an August Yahoo Finance headline reflects an example of this confidence:

10 reasons to be bullish on stocks right now, according to [a strategist at the largest U.S. bank]

That strategist may turn out to be correct.

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