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VIX Curve Inversion Does Not Bode Well For The S&P 500 - US Market Open

VIX Curve Inversion Does Not Bode Well For The S&P 500 - US Market Open

Justin McQueen, Analyst


Equities: Global equity markets are on the back as coronavirus continues to spread. As it stands, there is over 2800 cases with the death toll rising to 81. In turn, markets have seen a shift to safe-havens with gold and US treasuries picking up, while oil remains offered. Given that is it difficult to assess to extent to how far the virus has spread, investor angst will likely persist leading to a lift in market volatility.


Meanwhile, across VIX futures, the curve has now inverted (backwardation), which in turn highlights that investors are concerned about the near-term prospects for equity-market returns. As such, given that this does not bode well for the S&P 500, eyes are for a modest pullback.

VIX Curve Inversion Does Not Bode Well For The S&P 500 - US Market Open

EUR: Italian political risks eased slightly following the regional election in Emilia Romagna. The Democratic Party managed to maintain their hold in the region winning by 51.4% against Matteo Salvini’s League party who secured 43.66%, consequently, Bund/BTP bond spreads have tightened, while the FTSE MIB is performing better relative to its counterparts. As such, while concerns will continue to linger over the coalition governments stability, near-term election risks appear to have receded somewhat.

VIX Curve Inversion Does Not Bode Well For The S&P 500 - US Market Open

Source: DailyFX, Refinitiv

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VIX Curve Inversion Does Not Bode Well For The S&P 500 - US Market Open

Source: DailyFX,


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--- Written by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst

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