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Two Faces to Show Upside Volatility and Downside Volatility | Sheaff Brock

The Two Faces of Volatility

“Remember that there are two varieties of volatility. Downside volatility is the type to avoid, not generally upside volatility,” Craig Israelsen writes in Financial Planning magazine. Far from doing everything possible to avoid volatility, we should all want portfolios that have higher levels of upside volatility, Israelson asserts. Traditionally, one advantage of building a broadly diversified portfolio is reduced volatility of returns. When higher standard deviation results in impressive upside performance, that is hardly something to be upset about, he observes. The [...]

Risk and Volatility | Lesson from Warren Buffett | Sheaff Brock

The Lesson Warren Buffett Says Hasn’t Been Taught in Business School

“Risk is not the same as volatility, but that lesson has not customarily been taught in business schools,” Warren Buffett observes. “Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.” In a 2015 letter to shareholders, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO wrote about the difference between risk and volatility. Many investors, he observes, “conflate these concepts, costing themselves money.” Yes, stock prices will always be far more volatile than cash-equivalents, Buffett concedes, but over the long term, currency-denominated instruments are far riskier than [...]

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To Measure Market Volatility, You Oughta Meet VIX

Meet VIX, the ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index. The VIX, constructed using a wide range of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index options, is a way to express the market’s expectations of volatility over the coming 30 days. What is actually measured by the VIX is the ratio of put options versus call options being bought on the S&P 500. By way of background, the CBOE Volatility Index, originally developed back in 1986, was designed to [...]