An Analysis of the Volatility Index (VIX) over the past 15 Years
Many investors have wondered whether extremely low or high readings in the Volatility Index (VIX) have always given a strong signal as to when the market may be nearing a bottom or top. A plot of the VIX versus the S&P 500 back to 1986 is shown below.
From what I can see the VIX was rather volatile from 1986-1990 especially when the market crashed in 1987. Then from 1991 through 1994 the VIX was pretty stable as the market traded nearly sideways.