Need to Know: The stock-market storm is coming—but the reason might surprise investors

In contrast to the complete madness of the world outside, an eerie stillness continues to hang over the stock market. Not that investors are complaining. They just keep riding out cyberattacks, North Korean missile launches, Donald Trump’s [take your pick], and any number of other nerve-rattling developments, while major indexes stubbornly remain in the neighborhood of record highs.

Technically speaking, volatility, as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +3.65% just touched on levels that haven’t been seen since 1993. Clearly, investors have been able to avoid being broadsided by negative shocks, but there’s a certain sense the VIX is a ticking time-bomb ready to blow this bull market to bits.

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