What Investors Can Learn From the VIX

Professional managers use it as a short-term trading opportunity. Should you?

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Investors can follow the VIX just like they can follow investor sentiment surveys, like the one that American Association of Individual Investors releases each week. When the VIX is low relative to historical standards, it may be a warning sign that a sell-off is near, but most experts say it's probably not in your best interests to try to time those spikes.

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