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Days of Market Calm Seen Ending in Hedge Fund VIX Bets

Bloomberg – Hedge funds are saying goodbye to the calm that blanketed U.S. stocks for the past two years.

Large speculators have reduced bets on lower volatility and were net short about 1,000 contracts on VIX (VIX) futures last month, the fewest since 2011, according to a report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The action amounts to speculation equities will keep falling since the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index moves in the opposite direction of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index about 80 percent of the time.

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