Volatility Is Back

Chart of the Week: Volatility Is Back

December 6, 2021

Director of Research Jeff DeMaso By Director of Research Jeff DeMaso

With omicron emerging, volatility has returned to the market. In the week following Thanksgiving, we had five consecutive trading days when the S&P 500 index rose or fell by 1% or more—the first time that has happened all year. While three of the five days were to the downside, keep things in perspective: The index is only 2.7% below the high it hit on Nov. 18.

Volatility Is Back
Note: Chart tracks consecutive days of an absolute change (positive or negative) of more than 1% from the prior day’s closing value for the S&P 500 index from 12/30/2020 through 12/2/21. Sources: S&P Dow Jones Indices, Adviser Investments.

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