FAQ on VIX, the “Fear Index”

Why do they call the VIX Index the “Fear Index” or “Fear Gauge” Because the VIX almost always goes up when the market goes down. The scarier the decline the higher the VIX tends to go. In the worst part of the 2008/2009 bear market it went as high as 80. In strong bull markets it historically bounces between 10 and 15. How can I …

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Next 2020 SPY, VOO, IVV Ex-Dividend Dates and Estimated Dividends

SPY will go ex-dividend Friday, March 15th, 2019 with a dividend I’m estimating to be $1.15 /share (based on historical patterns.)  SPY’s distribution payout will be on April 30th, 2019—yes the SPDR folks take their time delivering the dividend.  I’m estimating Vanguard’s VOO, one of the other two big S&P 500 ETFs, will go ex-dividend on the 13th of March with a dividend of $1.09/ share.  iShares’ IVV, will go ex-dividend on the 20th of March with a dividend of $1.08/ share.