The highly anticipated week of the Federal Reserve's policy decision is finally upon the market. As Wall Street braces for what could be the first interest rate hike in nearly a decade, one top economist warns it's time to buy insurance against whipsaw price action.
On CNBC's "Futures Now" last week, Gluskin Sheff's David Rosenberg said that historically, when interest rates increase, so does volatility. "The VIX [CBOE Volatility Index] is going to rise in the next year. Typically when the Fed starts to raise rates in that first year, it doesn't mean you have a bear market but you do have heightened volatility," he said.
The VIX surged above 20 for this first time in a month on Friday to its highest level since early October. This as a sharp sell-off in U.S. and global equities had investors running for cover. Rosenberg expects the market to stay flat over the next year.
"It could go as high as 28," Rosenberg said of the VIX. Super spikes in it tend to correlate with selling in the S&P 500.