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If the sell-off is just starting, here's where to hide out

Thomas Franck

CNBC analysis using Kensho found that, given a 10-point pop in the VIX, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF returns an average of 2.3% ten days after. The VIX was last seen at 20.55, up from lows under 13 on May 3, the last trading day before President Trump announced increased tariffs on Chinese goods. The analysis also found that both the SPDR Gold Trust and the iShares Gold Trust outperform with returns of about 0.9% on average.