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Volatility is near historic lows, but don’t get complacent


U.S. equity markets have been calmer in 2017 than any year in more than two decades. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) touched all-time lows. The S&P 500 Index has declined by more than 1% on only four days. And if the trend continues, this year would be the first since 2006 without a single 2% daily decline. But even so, investors should not get complacent. While market volatility is lowglobal volatility is not, and any number of unexpected events could trigger panic selling and a sudden spike in volatility. But neither should investors overreact. Prudent investors take a long-term view. They view higher volatility as a potential opportunity to find undervalued stocks rather than a threat to be feared.



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