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Who is to blame for the recent market volatility?

Feb 7, 2018
Some analysts and investors are saying that a popular measure of the volatility expected in the stock market may have made things worse.
People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) before the opening bell on Tuesday.
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Investors ponder safe havens amid market volatility

Feb 7, 2018
The last few days have seen big swings in the global stock markets. During such volatile times, investors often shift their assets to what are called safe-haven currencies, traditionally the Japanese yen or Swiss franc. Why does that happen, and is now a good moment for safe havens? Click the audio player above to hear […]

Today’s trading was the very definition of volatility

Feb 6, 2018
But the bigger context is volatility in the markets has actually been falling over the last 30 years.
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Why the Dow breaking 26,000 points is making some analysts nervous

Jan 16, 2018
While the markets closed today with a slight loss, they opened at a high point. This morning, the Dow broke 26,000 points for the first time in its 120 year history — and that’s after a year with practically no dips to speak of. But that lack of volatility has some market watchers a little […]

On Wall Street, managing anxiety by hedging

Nov 2, 2016
If a lot of voters are increasingly anxious about Election Day, what about the people who make their living predicting outcomes — stock traders.
 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 1, 2016 in New York City. As Wall Street continues to feel election uncertainty, the Dow Jones closes fell more than 100 points. 
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Weekly Wrap: Janet Yellen and market volatility

Feb 12, 2016
David Gura and Nela Richardson join Kai to recap the week that was.

Market volatility, at the atomic level

Feb 3, 2016
Volatility is millions of little choices made by a giant community of investors.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the day on January 15, 2016 in New York City.
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How volatile is the market? Let's consult the VIX

Aug 26, 2015
We ask Robert Whaley, the father of the index, what all that 'noise' is about.

Why the VIX is like the Headless Horseman

Oct 22, 2014
The VIX is also known as the Fear Index. Making it perfect for Halloween
The Headless Horseman on stage at The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring 'Sleepy Hollow' at Dolby Theatre on March 19, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Volatility in context

Oct 20, 2014
So there has been all kinds of volatility on Wall Street lately — triple digit ups and downs. Well, consider this: 27 years ago yesterday, October 19, 1987, was ‘Black Monday.’ The Dow was off 22 percent that day which came out to 508 points. The next day, known as ‘Terrible Tuesday,’ nearly caused the New York Stock Exchange […]