Best Low-Volatility ETFs for When the Market is a Roller Coaster

It's been a volatile few years for the stock market, and that has investors sniffing out low-volatility ETFs. Just understand their strengths and their limitations.

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The past few years have seen extreme volatility in the stock market. And this has sparked curiosity about a special brand of exchange-traded funds: low-volatility ETFs. 

True, the stock market did well in 2023 thanks to an increased appetite for riskier assets – including many beaten-down growth stocks. But it's worth remembering that uncertainty was the name of the game the year before that, and it may be premature to sound the "all clear." 


Data is as of January 17. Dividend yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds. 

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Jeff Reeves
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Jeff Reeves writes about equity markets and exchange-traded funds for Kiplinger. A veteran journalist with extensive capital markets experience, Jeff has written about Wall Street and investing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous respected finance outlets, including CNBC, the Fox Business Network, the Wall Street Journal digital network, USA Today and CNN Money.