Need to Know: Short-term boost or ‘the trigger that kicks off a brutal, worldwide, financial crisis?’

Just a couple of weeks until the mayhem of the midterm elections, and a serious bump in volatility VIX, -1.36% is keeping investors on their toes. One look at the overnight swings in the futures market provides the latest bit of evidence.

The silver lining is that if recent history is any indication, the choppiness might turn out to be a blessing for bulls. At least in the short term.

Our chart of the day comes from Oppenheimer’s Ari Wald, with a hat tip to the Reformed Broker blog. The illustration compares the run-up to this year’s midterm elections with what happened around the same time in 2014.

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