Volatility Index (VIX)

What is it?

The Volatility Index (VIX) is a complex volatility indicator that has provided by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) since 1993. It is based on the S&P 500 put and call options, which are weighted by the time remaining and the extent to which they are in or out of the money. As the S&P 500 options are the most liquid index options on the CBOE, VIX provides a measure of implied volatility for the broader market. In addition, VIX can be used in any timeframe as the CBOE updates VIX throughout the day.

VIX usually has an inverse relationship to the market with the value of VIX increasing when the market declines and decreasing when the market rises. However, plotting VIX with an inverted scale resolves this dichotomy.

How is it Used?

VIX can be used to anticipate the future direction of the market. When VIX increases, it is generally considered an indication of an increase in bullish activity, while a decrease in VIX is considered an increase in bearish activity.

Some traders use the 20 and 30 lines as reference lines. When VIX is below 20 it is considered extremely bearish, and when VIX is above 30 it is considered extremely bullish.

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Volatility Indicators

Relative Volatility Index

Volatility indicators, which measure the volatility of a security's price action, are important to day traders. When volatility increases, the price movements are more volatile and traders can gain more money in a short period of time. Some of the popular volatility indicators include J Wells Wilder's Average True Range, John Bollinger's Bollinger Bands, Chaikin's Volatility, and Relative Volatility Index (RVI).

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) also provides a some volatility indicators, such as the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), the S&P 100 Volatility ...