When U.S. financial markets finished their temper tantrum over the Federal Reserve acknowledging that QE3 would have to end, the prospects of more rational market fundamentals emerged. But as we enter 2014, markets appear stuck on taper.
Crude options volatility rose as futures slipped below a $100 a barrel amid rising stockpiles. Implied volatility for at-the-money December options was 19.79% at 2:20 p.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange, from 19.06% on Oct. 18.
Surging oil on Syrian is raising fears that the global economy could be hurt by this rise in price. Precious metals are soaring but industrial metals are sputtering as traders fear that the global economy won't take well to rising oil prices.