March 16, 2020 / 9:05 AM / 18 days ago

Europe's stock volatility gauge hits record levels, beats 2008 highs

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LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - The volatility gauge for euro-zone stocks, widely known as ‘Europe’s fear index’, surged on Monday to record highs, beating the levels it hit at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

The benchmark reached a high of 87.89 points with European shares tumbling over 8% as the coronavirus pandemic raged through the continent and dramatic monetary easing by global central banks failed to reassure investors. (Reporting by Julien Ponthus; editing by Thyagaraju Adinarayan)

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