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Where Has All of the Fear Gone?

I don’t know about you, but I always have at least a little fear in my head whenever I put my money to work in the financial markets. Now, I don’t let this healthy sense of skepticism about the positive direction in stocks rule my world; however, it is just plain smart to be on the lookout for the “fear factor” operating in stock.

Well, so far, the fear seems all but gone from this market.

One way to measure this fear factor numerically is via the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX. The VIX tells us what investors are willing to pay for options protection from a down market. Recently, the VIX plummeted to a five-year low, and that tells us that there is virtually no real fear out there about a market pullback.

Read more about why fear has disappeared from investors’ minds at Eagle Daily Investor.

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Where Has All of the Fear Gone?

I donâ??t know about you, but I always have at least a little fear in my head whenever I put my money to work in the financial markets.

I donâ??t know about you, but I always have at least a little fear in my head whenever I put my money to work in the financial markets. Now, I donâ??t let this healthy sense of skepticism about the positive direction in stocks rule my world; however, it is just plain smart to be on the lookout for the â??fear factorâ?ť operating in stock.

Well, so far, the fear seems all but gone from this market.

One way to measure this fear factor numerically is via the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX. The VIX tells us what investors are willing to pay for options protection from a down market. Recently, the VIX plummeted to a five-year low, and that tells us that there is virtually no real fear out there about a market pullback.

Read more about why fear has disappeared from investors’ minds at Eagle Daily Investor.

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Doug Fabian is the editor of Successful Investing and High Monthly Income, and is the host of the syndicated radio show, "Doug Fabian's Wealth Strategies." Taking over the reigns from his dad, Dick Fabian, back in 1992, Doug has continued to uphold the reputation of the newsletter as the #1 risk-adjusted market timer as ranked by Hulbertâ??s Investment Digest. For more than 30 years, Successful Investing (formerly the Telephone Switch Newsletter) has produced double-digit annual gains. Doug has become known for his expert knowledge and timely use of innovative tools like Exchange Traded Funds, bear funds and Enhanced Index funds to profit in any market climate.

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