Routine behavior for the VIX is to move up when the market is moving down and vice versa. In other words it normally moves inversely with the market. There are times however when the VIX seems to get out of sync with the market. For example it might move up all day long while the market also moves up in the morning, but then in the afternoon the market falls and the VIX's steady rise all day seems to have predicted this late move in the market. I was following the /ES today and i noticed that the VIX remained out of sync with the market all day long. The /ES and VIX both rose in the am, then the /ES leveled off for a couple hours threatening to move either higher or lower, but doing neither, as the VIX began to fall rather steadily. Then finally about 15 minutes before the regular mkt hours close the /ES began to fall. Just the opposite of what would normally occur with a steadily falling VIX. Today the VIX and market moved in the same direction! Would some of you VIX experts care to weigh in on this, and explain to me, a VIX neophyte, why the VIX and market moved in the same direction today, all day! P.S. The big gap down in ES, YM, and NQ in the brief 15 minute period between 4:15 and 4:30 was also fairly rare (though we did have a big gap up during that same 15 min time period on 7/14. The Russell (TF) did not gap down with the other index futures but did move down eventually to fall in line with the other index futures. All in all it seemed to me that we were trading on another planet today.