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Nervous Equity Investors Show Fear Through VIX®

Investors were popping champagne bottles at the end of 2014 as the S&P 500 chalked up another year of above average returns, amid fairly low levels of market volatility. But, equity market action in early 2015 suggests a whole new ball game is starting now. Equity market volatility has increased amid heightened uncertainty among investors on the outlook for stocks ahead.

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CBOE Reports Record Trading Volume, New FX Volatility Indexes

CBOE Holdings Inc. (CBOE) saw new all-time highs in total volume and average daily volume in 2014. Increases were seen in average daily volume across each product category.

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Gain Market Insights With Unusual Options Activity

"Unusual options activity" has quite a buzz lately —especially as it spills over from the institutional arena into the retail options trading arena. What exactly is unusual options activity and how can it be used to help drive trading decisions? OptionsCity sat down with a Chicago-area options trader to get some answers. John Voorheis is chief operations officer at KeeneOnTheMarket.com and co-founder of OptionHacker.com.

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Is There An End In Sight To Low Levels Of Volatility In Forex?

If you are a forex trader looking for a strongly trend market, you've been waiting for awhile.

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Fed Policy Could Keep Stock Market On Edge

Through mid April the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged year-to-date, but it's been a rocky road with volatility higher and lower. The U.S. Federal Reserve is in the midst of attempting to unwind it historic monetary policy actions, which have been implemented since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008. The Fed's monetary policy has been historic in both size and scope with the balance sheet now standing over a record $4 trillion.

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