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The Saudi’s and the VIX

It certainly seems that the market is strongly discounting any large disruption in the Saudi oil supply, but I doubt the top 40 stocks in the Saudi Arabian market dropped 11.2% for no reason.

Sheik wealth screams Geronimo!

So why exactly do we freak out when Greece, the 31st economy of the world by GDP, could potentially miss a few debt payments whereas we seem almost numb to the idea that the citizens could overthrow the government of the 23rd largest country and producer of 10% of the world’s oil?

Do you remember when we had our little Eurozone “crisis”?  The VIX shot up to 45 in a heart beat.

VIX over 40 for the PIIGS, 22 for Middle East?

This crisis might take a little while to come to a complete boil, but I actually am much more fearful of the potential outcomes today than I was when the Euro was tanking.  You can always print more Euro’s, but I do not know how you settle down millions of rioting middle eastern citizens who effectively control the global economy’s life blood.

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