Is the Stock Market More Volatile Now Than Ever Before?

Daily swings of 200 or 300 points can leave investors feeling more than a little unnerved, but a deeper dive into the numbers over the years may reveal a truth that could help calm those jitters down a bit.

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Since I began working in the financial services industry in 1987, I’ve noticed that investors seem to continually feel that the current stock market has been more volatile than it was in the previous five or 10 years. This thinking was brought to my attention once again recently when a client indicated that they felt like the stock market today was more volatile than it has been in the past. I agreed that it sure feels that way. But is it really?

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Ray E. LeVitre, CFP®
Founder, Managing Partner, Net Worth Advisory Group

Ray LeVitre is an independent fee-only Certified Financial Adviser with over 20 years of financial services experience. In addition he is the founder of Net Worth Advisory Group and the author of "20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now."