Strategists cautiously bullish on US and European equities

Equity derivatives strategists are bullish on equities in the short term as European business confidence is high and US markets bask in the afterglow of tax reform passed by President Donald Trump. But questions remain over how long the US equity bull run can continue, with some experts encouraging more cautious long positions this year.

  • By Costas Mourselas
  • 11 Jan 2018

Implied equity volatility, which measures the markets' expectations of how equity prices will fluctuate, remains extremely low in the US and Europe.

The VIX, an equity fear gauge based on the S&P 500, was at 9.81% at 5.53pm GMT on Thursday. On Wednesday, the index flirted with 10.5%, ...

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