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Expert Analysis and Commentary
Larry Swedroe Jun 22, 2016
Kenneth Washer, Randy Jorgensen and Robert Johnson, authors of a new study, The Increasing Volatility of the Stock Market?, which was published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Journal of Wealth Management, examined data for the period from 1926 through 2014 to determine whether the perception of heightened volatility was accurate. The following is a summary of their findings:
The authors concluded: “These results suggest that investors would be wise to ignore daily fluctuations in the market and take comfort in the fact that, over longer holding periods, despite all the innovations in the market [such as high-frequency trading] that have led to a proliferation of trading activity, volatility really has not changed much.”
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