7 Best Low-Volatility Stocks to Buy

The best low-volatility stocks help investors hedge during broad-market downturns.

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Low-volatility stocks are ports in a storm for investors who can't stomach violent market swings. Their relatively tranquil behavior can not only help reduce losses in a downturn – they can stay your hand, preventing you from panic selling and potentially ruining your retirement.

Now, the market is consolidating gains to start the new year following a big run higher in 2023, though the pullback has been modest. However, I'm sorry to say low-vol stocks still might be of use this year, for several reasons.


Data is as of January 18. Average price targets and analyst ratings provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price.

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for Kiplinger.com, and the Managing Editor for InvestorPlace.com before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.