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'Fear Gauge' at Peak

One of the most popular measures of market risk is the Chicago Board Options Exchange's Volatility Index (VIX), also known as the fear gauge. Introduced in 1993, the VIX tracks investors' expectations of changes in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index.

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