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The Chicago Board of Options Exchange’s Volatility Index (VIX) has been tracking the speed of stock price movements since 1990. In January, the index showed that volatility – or the fluctuation of share prices - jumped 34 percent.
This is the largest increase in VIX history and possibly indicates that investors are getting surprised and changing their investment decisions. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss “volatility” and what this increase says about the market in 2014.
This segment aired on February 5, 2014.