VIX has definitely inflated in 2018 compared to 2017. However, when comparing average VIX levels over 13 years, we find that it is trading at an average level in 2018.
What does this mean for traders?
Staying small in lowenvironments is critical in order to have capital on the sidelines to take advantage of higher IV environments.
Remember, even though we are seeing significantly more volatility this year compared to last year, over time, we are still around average. This means that volatility could continue at these higher levels for some time.