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The market’s ‘fear index’ has exploded upward as stocks around the world plummet

The VIX reflects expectations for volatility in the S&P 500, and it trades inversely to the benchmark roughly 80% of the time.
Barclays CEO Jes Staley

Barclays has the fastest growing stock trading team around — and it’s posing a threat to some of the biggest players

Barclays equities division is the fastest-growing on the planet. It reported second quarter earnings Thursday, growing its stock-trading business 37% to $807 million.

The mysterious trader known as ’50 Cent’ appears to be back betting on more stock market chaos

The mysterious volatility trader known as "50 Cent" appears to have made some new bets this week that the stock market will go nuts over the summer. The trades match a growing sentiment across Wall Street that the stock market could be in for a rocky ride over the next few months.

The dollar is the ‘collateral damage’ of Trump’s foreign policy

The dollar has rallied about 4% in recent months, and investor sentiment for the currency is the strongest in years. But some analysts say that's all about to change as President Donald Trump ratchets up tensions between the US and its closest allies.
CEO Sergio Ermotti of Swiss bank UBS smiles as he speaks at the annual news conference in Zurich, Switzerland January 22, 2018.

UBS investment bankers were given a target of 300 client meetings a year to boost business — and it seems to be working

The investment bank did better than expected in the first quarter thanks to the return of volatility.
Bridgewater's co-CIO Bob Prince.

$160 billion hedge fund exec: ‘We’ll probably have a much bigger shakeout coming’

Bob Prince, co-CIO of Bridgewater Associates, said: "We don’t think this shakeout will be over in a matter of days."
Traders work on the floor of the NYSE in New York

Fidelity isn’t letting clients buy a fund that bets against volatility because there’s too much volatility

It's blocking trading of a product that aims to deliver returns that are the inverse of the Volatility Index.

The former Target manager who made millions on a trade that just blew up refuses to throw in the towel

After this week's market meltdown, there was some concern over former Target manager Seth Golden's status, but he says he's just fine.

A hedge fund manager who makes a killing when stocks go haywire told us there’s about to be a market avalanche

BI PRIME: The collapse of the XIV, a leveraged bet on low volatility, is just 'the tip of the iceberg.'
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York

One chart shows why the stock market panic is unlikely to spread to other assets

ING strategist Viraj Patel argues that the lack of a major reaction in the FX markets is a good omen that the current global stock rout is merely a correction.