What's With the Ongoing Uptick in Volatility?

by: Nick Gogerty

An interesting question has come up: The market has been getting more volatile since 1950. Why?

Calculated Risk has a list showing the top 41 declines since 1950. I thought it looked interesting, because it was all biased recently. The clustering of these events indicates a major shift in risk not since 1950.

If risk was random in the markets major events wouldn't cluster. Thoughts? Over half of the major events have happened within the last three years with periods of relative calm.

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Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.