Gold is a classic safe haven in times of monetary uncertainty. It's interesting to see that the price reached a peak plateau in 2011 and has been falling since 2012 - down now by about 25%. Still high relative to history, even allowing for inflation, but falling.
Despite the fact that the US is getting dragged back in to Iraq and Russia is trying to show it has strength by bullying its weaker cousin, stability seems to be in the air. Are we just collectively tired of being in a crisis? Or is the tide really turning?
The VIX is showing a similar trend. The VIX, an index based on changes in options contracts on the S&P 500, measuring expected volatility in the S&P. Its nickname is the "Fear Gauge". This gauge seems to indicate increasing confidence as well. We'll see.