The CBOE Volatility Index today dropped below 12 for the first time since 2007 and against a...

|By:, SA News Editor

The CBOE Volatility Index today dropped below 12 for the first time since 2007 and against a long-term average of 20.4. Contrary to what contrarians believe, writes Mark Hulbert, low VIX levels are not necessarily bearish. Thinking about VIX as what it is - a measure of expected volatility - rather than as a "fear gauge" might help do away with this misperception. VXX -2.2%.