** Risk appetite is a universal aspect of the financial markets and thereby its prevalence sets trends
** Correlations between many different asset classes and volatility measures are the best measure
** Volatility measures have natural lows, a fact which may tip probability scales to a future of turmoil
Through the end of January, a risk aversion rout that began in the emerging markets and spread to equities and FX threatened long-established trends. Yet, the turn in sentiment and deleveraging of speculative positions proved limited. How do we assess whether risk trends are in control of the markets - and, more importantly, how do we know the fundamental theme will institute new trends to match its volatility? We look at measuring 'risk' more effectively and mark a troubling outlook for the markets going forward in today's Strategy Video.