The Best Of SIM – December: The Return Of Volatility

The month of December saw on-time seasonal moves that dug a bit further both up and down during the month. But you wouldn’t know that if you simply looked at the return of the S&P 500 (SPX) for the month: -0.4%.  Seems harmless enough, but stocks were struggling under the surface and the Volatility Index (VIX) made a comeback.

To recap, the SPX slipped early in the month, falling 5 percent by mid-month, before bottoming just in time for the “Santa” rally (which included a trip to new highs before tapering off into month end). These swings have continued into the New Year and it appears that investors will have to wrestle with a more volatile market in January.

S&P 500 / Volatility Index (VIX) – December 2014

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Throughout December, our cast of extremely talented contributors offered up several short and intermediate-term research posts. I hope you will take a few moments to review some of our best posts from the month of December in our latest installment of The Best of See It Market. This is your chance to check up on our work – please feel free to provide feedback/comments any time. We greatly appreciate your readership.




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