Current Volatility of Stock Market Prices Is Nothing New

By Pryse, Sharon Miller | News Sentinel, April 17, 2016 | Go to article overview

Current Volatility of Stock Market Prices Is Nothing New


Pryse, Sharon Miller, News Sentinel


Are you feeling confounded by the recent upswings and downturns in the market?

The current volatility of the stock market has many people alarmed, especially after 2008. However, when you take a moment to reflect on how the market has changed over the past several decades, you'll find some consistency.

But, as we have always said, money you need in the next three years or so doesn't belong in the stock market.

Markets have always been volatile

With daily and weekly volatility in the S&P 500 slightly higher than ever before, it's not a surprise that many people are wondering what they should be doing financially.

But when you take into account that the annual volatility this year is the lowest it has been, you'll notice the recent ups and downs aren't that unusual.

In fact, the past five years post March 2009 have been the least volatile in decades. From 1980 thru 2015 (36 years), the market has been positive 27 of those years despite intra-year drops that averaged 14.2 percent, according to JPMorgan.

Is more information 24/7 really better?

News sources today sometimes highlight the most negative headlines in order to gain more viewers. Unfortunately, as a society, we do pay more attention to the negative and drama- saturated topics than the positive ones.

And as individuals, we remember the pain of market declines more than the elation of market upticks. …

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