VIX History and the Current Bear Market

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • A Look at VIX History and the Current Bear Market
  • Chart: 30-Yr Treasury Bonds Fall to New Lows

Stock futures are testing the 2022 lows this morning as global bond yields push multi-year highs amid renewed turmoil in the U.K.’s government bond market.

The BOE expanded its emergency bond-buying program overnight after Gilt yields spiked higher, with officials warning that market dysfunction is threatening the U.K.’s financial stability.

Economically, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index came in at  92.1 vs. (E) 91.5 for September.

There are no additional economic reports today but there are two Fed officials scheduled to speak: Harker (11:30 a.m. ET) and Mester (12:00 p.m. ET).

Looking back to the bond markets, there is a 3-Yr Treasury Note auction at 1:00 p.m. ET and if the results are weak, sending yields higher, that would further pressure stocks today.

Bottom line is, turmoil in the U.K. Gilts market is once again sending global yields higher and weighing on risk assets and if we don’t see bond markets stabilize this morning, then expect stocks and other risk assets to remain under pressure today.