Volatility has the potential to disrupt any portfolio. Volatility can remain low for a prolonged period, but has increased this year unnerving investors. The chart on this page looks at the VIX Index for the U.S. S&P 500 index and the MOVE index for the U.S. Bond market. It illustrates whether investors are buying protection against a pickup in market volatility. The shaded areas are U.S. recessions. We can see that outside of recession, near-term volatility spikes are short-lived, but also that the bond market has been just as volatile as the equity market.