Crude oil prices are selling off in fear! Fear that a falling stock market may slow demand and fear that a prediction by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that oil demand might be lower, might be right this time. Yet, the biggest fear that is rattling at least one major commodity brokrage firm is the exposure to the short volatility trade.
The pressure in the equity markets has taken a breather as the Chinese indices stopped their plummet for the moment, sending some mixed signals through the commodity world. One would assume that an across-the-board correction would be in the offing, but we haven’t seen that response as of yet in the energy and agriculture markets.
President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi says "buckle up" because volatility is back! Keep your hands and feet in the car because it is going to be a ride that may make the "Taper Tantrum" look tame.