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Trends & Analysis
News

Tesla shares spike despite earnings miss

News

Gold loses some shine after hitting record highs

News

Avoid the tech wreck with PayPal?

News

Week Ahead Preview: 22nd of April

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P&G shares rise despite Q3 sales miss

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Gold continues to shine amid geopolitical worries

Volatility definition

Volatility is a key metric used by traders to describe the degree of variability in the price of an asset. Volatile assets experience greater price swings, while assets with very stable prices and fewer large moves are less volatile. In general, riskier assets are more volatile, but the measure and result of volatility depends on many different factors. Equities are typically more volatile than bonds, whilst volatility in currencies varies according to their type, with emerging markets currencies particularly volatile.

 

Types of volatility

An imaginary stock which increased in value by 100% each session would be highly volatile, but not many investors would worry about taking on this type of volatility. Simply measuring variability in price doesn’t give the full picture – investors are much more sensitive to falling prices than rising

ones, so multiple measures exist. The two most frequently used are variance and standard deviation.

 

Volatility varies between assets, with equities considered more volatile than bonds, and certain sectors such as energy and tech stocks more volatile than consumer goods stocks. One important thing to remember is that volatility can be generalised across markets – if there is a sudden spike in volatility in tech shares, this could be accompanied by an increase in volatility for utilities shares also. In a major market downturn, assets often move down in price together as investors flee to cash or cash equivalents such as US Treasury bills.

 

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