Tag: market volatility

  • July 12, 2016

    Market Volatility can be Predictable

    Market volatility, often measured as the standard deviation of stock market returns, varies from low levels during calm economic times to high levels during periods of great economic uncertainty or market distress. Volatility can be predicted even in an informationally efficient market. For example, a corporation’s stock should be expected ...

  • July 5, 2016

    Optimal Diversification

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly correlated returns are combined into a portfolio. Diversification reduces risk and can do so without reducing expected returns. Three critical questions arise in trying to diversify optimally or ideally: how ...

  • May 31, 2016

    Random Walks and Market Efficiency

    A financial value is a random walk if its next change in value is not related to, predicted better with or explained by, any previous changes in value. If a financial value follows a random walk then the market for that value is informationally efficient (more precisely, weak-form efficient) with ...

  • May 6, 2016

    VIX Trading

    VIX trading provides investors and speculators with an easy mechanism to take on long or short risk exposures to changes in the anticipated level of equity market volatility. VIX trading may seem to outsiders as being more like legalized gambling than being a useful part of a modern financial system. ...

  • April 28, 2016

    What is the VIX?

    As FDR famously proclaimed: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. The VIX is a market-traded measure of the anticipated volatility of the stock market as indicated by the S&P 500 index. The VIX is computed and reported on a continuous basis using a complex formula involving ...

  • January 21, 2016

    Market Volatility is Sometimes Hyped

    News headlines about stock market volatility often distort the importance of a stock market decline by emphasizing point changes in major indexes rather than percentage changes. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by more than 200 points news commentators often describe the event as being dramatic. But a clear ...

  • May 14, 2015

    3 Ways to Prepare for Forthcoming Market Volatility

    View “Three Ways to Prepare for Forthcoming Market Volatility” video capture of recent seminar presented by Dr. Donald R. Chambers,  Biltmore’s Chief Investment Officer and a leading expert on ...

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