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Becalmed Volatility

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Although spring has arrived and bears are coming out of hibernation, stock market volatility is still fast asleep.

Since the start of the year, the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index, also known as “VIX,” has fallen around 27%. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 has enjoyed a modest gain near 2.5%.

ETFs, like the ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY), that are designed to increase in value when volatility falls have jumped 24% year-to-date (YTD).