Is this cause for optimism? Not so fast, says one expert.
Some can actually benefit from the chaos.
Searches for "volatility" rose 253 percent in 2018, according to data from Merriam-Webster.
Five days of volatile markets, a five-hour government shutdown and one budget bill later ...
But the bigger context is volatility in the markets has actually been falling over the last 30 years.
The markets had been hitting record highs, but this reversal might be a good thing.
Robert McNally's 'Crude Volatility' looks at the cycle in a historical context.