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Welcome Back Volatility

Aaron Levitt Sep 26, 2017


The market during and after the Great Recession/financial crisis could only be described as a roller coaster.

A super-duper looper of epic proportions. Which is why the last few years have been a total shock. After the fire and brimstone of the recession, volatility mostly vanished. The last few years have been pretty much smooth sailing for stocks, and the popular CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has been sitting at historic lows.

The question is can this last?

With the VIX beginning to perk up, investment manager points to three reasons why investors may want to get their air-sick bags – and dividends – ready. Volatility could be coming back in a big way.

Check out a list of volatility ETFs here to see how exchange-traded products use volatility and its implications.

Historically Low

It’s no denying that stocks have had a good run since the depths of the recession. What’s interesting is that the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY ) is up more than 250% since its run up, and those gains have been pretty smooth. While there have been ups and downs, the bulk of the gains haven’t been rocky at all. And investors’ expectations about the market’s movements have been low. Like, really low.

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