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Market Volatility – VIX Index


Market Volatility averages 20 over the past 50 years as shown by the dashed green line.  Recent volatility reached values nearing 50+ after a year of below normal volatility in 2017.  From late 2016 to early January 2018, the VIX stayed well below 20 causing investors to become complacent.  Notice that every year shown, except for 2017, has volatility spikes over the average of 20.  Once volatility returned, these investors were affected.   Volatility is healthy for markets: buy low, sell high is difficult to do when there are no lows. (Click on the image to enlarge)



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