The spike in volatility as a result of the Greek crisis has the market on edge and the VIX, or so-called fear index, spiking over 30% to almost 19. Jonathan Angrist, portfolio manager for the Cognios Market Neutral Large Cap Fund, said this choppiness may be rough on investor nerves, but it proves the value of market neutral and other alternative mutual funds. 'Market neutral funds tend to do better than the index when the market’s going down,' said Angrist. 'The reason is that we have shorts so when the market’s going up, our long book is making money and our short book is losing money. When the market’s going down, our long book tends to lose money and our short book tends to make money. So we tend to do worse than the market when the market’s going up and we’re better than the market when the market’s going down.' TheStreet's Gregg Greenberg has details from Chicago.
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