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Stock Market Returns & Volatility

Stock Market Returns & Volatility

This analysis presents an uncanny relationship between stock market performance and the volatility of the market. We do not assert a causal relationship; rather, the coexistence of the relationship implies that many measures of risk actually compound in declining markets. By contrast, the reward-to-risk relationship improves significantly in strong markets. In the context of secular bull and bear markets, this relationship further emphasizes the need to consider risk as well as reward in an investor’s investment decisions.