Thursday, December 08, 2011

S&P 500 Volatility: August - December

It's no surprise that the S&P 500 has been extremely volatile over the last four months, but the picture below really brings the point home.  Going back to the beginning of August, the S&P 500 is down just about 2%, but over that period the index has seen eight declines of 5% or more and eight advances of 5% or more.  To put this volatility into perspective, there were two periods in the 1990s where the S&P 500 went more than a year without a single decline of 5% or more.
With the increased volatility of the market, individual stocks have been seeing major short-term moves.  To view the list of most volatilie stocks in the S&P 1500 please click here.

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Lunch is for wimps

Lunch is for wimps
It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.