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Even the most stoic of long-term market participants must have seen the rise in volatility over the last few months.

After what seemed like years of muted market movements, investors are no longer willing to brush off geopolitical battles, high valuations or less-than-stellar guidance/earnings reports. Big intraday swings and large daily losses/gains are once again the norm.

And that could be a big problem for returns this year.

According to investment bank Goldman Sachs, rising volatility and lower returns go hand in hand. With the market’s movements getting jumpier, Goldman has started to warn its clients to think about hedging as gains could be potentially lower this year if not hedged properly.

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