Stocks plunge, resuming volatility, as traders, analysts find data lagging

Mar 5, 2020
"Analysts have their hands in the air," one investment strategist says as markets struggle to predict the future.
There's evidence that the more markets go up and down, the more they are driven by emotion.
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Iran tensions sent global markets into a frenzy. They were quick to rebound.

Jan 8, 2020
Is this cause for optimism? Not so fast, says one expert.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on January 08, 2020 in New York City.
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How Merriam-Webster “measures” volatility vs. the VIX

Jan 11, 2019
Searches for "volatility" rose 253 percent in 2018, according to data from Merriam-Webster.
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Hey, what’s going on in the economy?

Feb 9, 2018
Five days of volatile markets, a five-hour government shutdown and one budget bill later ...
Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on Feb. 2.
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Today’s trading was the very definition of volatility

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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 some people are relieved the markets are dipping

Feb 6, 2018
The markets had been hitting record highs, but this reversal might be a good thing.
Traders and financial professionals working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
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Why boom-bust oil prices may be here to stay

Apr 18, 2017
Robert McNally's 'Crude Volatility' looks at the cycle in a historical context.
“I think the sort of the next rude shock perhaps in the oil markets is that we will be thirstier for oil for a lot longer than folks hope and expect,” says energy analyst Robert McNally.
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Expect more volatility. But don't let it freak you out

Aug 28, 2015
The hallmark of Wall Street activity this week has been volatility. Expect more.

Bitcoin gets its first major U.S. exchange

Jan 26, 2015
Bitcoin is extremely volatile, but the new exchange could level things out.