145. Volatility – the CBOE Volatility Index, commonly known by its ticker symbol VIX, measures whether investors think the market will fluctuate a little or a lot in the next 30 days.

It does not matter that the direction is up or down, it is just a question of whether it will trade in a moderate range or whether it will greatly fluctuate.

There are exchange traded products (ETPs) that allow you to invest in volatility going up or down.

There is generally a negative correlation between volatility and the performance of the overall stock market.

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