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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Market volatility is back – and investors anticipate more wild swings in the coming weeks and months as the U.S. presidential election closes in.

Despite who wins the Nov. 3 election, some market watchers say, markets are most likely to grow more turbulent. Economic uncertainty arising from the coronavirus pandemic still looms big, and the possibility of a delayed vote count due to a large number of mail-in tallies has actually also unsettled some investors. Furthermore, an accumulation of positions in huge tech-related stocks has increased danger, as seen in a sharp market sell-off on Thursday.

” This is just a situation where all the conditions are ripe for an amazing profit” from volatility, stated James McDonald, president of Los Angeles-based hedge fund Hercules Investments.

The Cboe Volatility Index VIX has actually climbed over the last 2 weeks, first as financiers went after further upside in U.S. stocks through call alternatives and after that as they looked for defense against a tumble in indexes at record highs. On Thursday, the VIX leapt to its greatest level in nearly 10 weeks as the S&P 500 SPX fell 3.5%.

A number of investors state that the VIX might climb up further as the election methods, particularly considered that particular indicators reveal a tightening race. In betting markets, Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump has actually considerably narrowed, according to information from RealClearPolitics.

Indeed, second-month futures VXc2 on the Cboe Volatility Index VIX, which expire in late October, indicate expectations for larger market walk around the election period. The space in between second-month futures and the VIX widened to a record high earlier this week.

GRAPHIC: Positioning for U.S. election volatility –

FILE PICTURE: Traders at BGC Partners look at screens after Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election, in London, Britain, November 9,2016 REUTERS/Toby Melville


Recent history reveals that election results can have powerful impacts on property costs.

Trump’s largely unanticipated success triggered violent swings in markets on election night in 2016, with gold, the Mexican peso and stock futures amongst the assets experiencing wild revolutions.

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This time around, a drawn-out count of mailed-in tallies might be one essential catalyst for volatility, said Arnim Holzer, macro and connection defense strategist at EAB Financial investment Group.

” Volatility might actually last … for longer since of the nature of the election process itself, no matter who wins,” Holzer stated.

McDonald, on the other hand, has purchased December and June call choices on the ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF UVXY.P, which likewise increases together with volatility.

He said he had already made money from Thursday’s spike in volatility, which sent out UVXY 20%greater to $2890, and he prepares for that the ETF will increase to $40 prior to completion of the year. By actively trading UVXY as it increases, McDonald believes he can make a $1 billion earnings on his $55 million financial investment. If UVXY were to plunge below $10 close to year-end, nevertheless, McDonald would lose his remaining financial investment in the December calls.

The method might settle, said Henry Schwartz, head of item intelligence at Cboe Global Markets, but even with election angst, additional volatility spikes are not unavoidable.

Other financiers have added hedges to their portfolios. Matt Thompson, handling partner at alternatives firm Thompson Capital Management in Chicago, holds long positions in both U.S. stocks and VIX-linked possessions such as the Barclays iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN VXX.P He anticipates the VIX to climb in the weeks shortly before the election, as it performed in 2016.

Holding assets linked to the VIX for long durations can be money-losing, provided that the index tends to revert to its long-lasting average instead of rise gradually.

However the current synchronised rise of the VIX together with U.S. stocks has actually made such positions successful, Thompson stated, and he expects them to hold gains as the election techniques.

” Right now, it’s a terrific scenario for individuals that are hedging,” he said.

Reporting by April Joyner; editing by Megan Davies, Individual Retirement Account Iosebashvili and Lisa Shumaker

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