Stock traders have begun placing bets on an upsurge of volatility around November's US election, which is shaping up to feature a tense rematch between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump.

Futures contracts tied to the value of the Vix index — the so-called "fear gauge" that measures expectations of near-term swings in the S&P 500 equities benchmark — are pricing in a rise in market stress in the weeks before and after voters head to the polls.

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