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February Volatility Spike Prompts Investors To Change Their Equity Market Outlook

February’s spike in volatility caused nearly half (42.1%) of investors to adjust their equity market outlook, according to the results of a survey published today by BarclayHedge and Markov Processes International (MPI). The BarclayHedge, MPI Volatility Angst Survey collected responses from 164 investment professionals about their thoughts on equity markets, economic growth, and the use of managed futures to fend off stock market downturns. In addition to concerns over increased volatility in the market—which saw its largest-ever one-day spike in the VIX indicator on Feb. 5, 2018—respondents listed rising rates (30.7%) and growing geopolitical concerns (21%), including the threat of trade war,...