Market Minute - November 19, 2018

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA

Market Volatility

The month of October brought volatility back to the market as the major equity indices posted negative returns for the month.  This was also seen internationally, as developed and emerging markets were also negative for the month.  Investors were left wondering what caused the spike in volatility and will it continue?

A few reasons for the selloff could include rising interest rates, tariffs, and slowing earnings growth.  There is uncertainty regarding all these topics and that has led to increased volatility.  The large U.S. technology companies also saw their shares pull back in October after strong year to date performance.  How does this stack up historically?

The chart below from JPMorgan shows the number of days the S&P 500 has seen daily moves of 1% in either direction.  Please note this chart is through September 2018.  The S&P 500 had 10 days in October with moves greater than 1% taking the total for the year to 46.


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This chart shows that the average number of days in a year where the market (S&P 500) moves one percent up or down is 62 days.  It also shows just how low the volatility was last year with only eight days with a one percent move.  2017 was an outlier in that respect and market volatility has started to revert towards the longer-term average.  The market could continue to show volatility as the future path of interest rates is debated along with the ongoing trade conflicts.  A diversified portfolio can help investors ride out the short-term volatility and stay invested for the long term.


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