Volatility – What is it and how do I deal with it?

2018 has been a wild ride for stock investors. We started the year by shooting up 7% in January, only to be followed by a decline in February that left U.S. stocks down 4% for the year. The month of March witnessed stocks getting back to where they began the year. As we write this piece, the stock market is now up about six percent for the year. We have indeed had a volatile year. What is volatility? It is the propensity to change rapidly, unpredictably and in a negative direction. Investment volatility is the sudden up and down movement of a security or investment. By that definition this year has been a volatile year. The stock market has traveled 28%; but, is currently up a little mo

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