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Financial markets have become increasingly more dependent on calculated measures of volatility. Many of the leading economies have developed their own indices that reflect the expectations of market volatility, including the United States (VIX) and the United Kingdom (VFTSE). This study uses these two indices in particular to conduct a time series analysis as a means to identifying potential relationships between the value of the VIX and VFTSE, over time. The analysis concludes that there is a two-way relationship between the indices, and therefore the VAR Model was implemented. Further evaluation of the impulses reveals that while values of each index affect the other, past values of a given index also affects itself. These results could have implications on the direction of expected volatility in the US and UK markets following dramatic changes to the VIX and VFTSE indices.


Paper written for Sacred Heart University Jack Welch College of Business EC-491, Quantitative Methods in Economics. Mentors Khawaja Mamun and Lucjan Orlowski.

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