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- Sarah ten Siethoff is New Associate Director of SEC Investment Management Rulemaking Office
- Catherine Keating Appointed CEO of BNY Mellon Wealth Management
- Credit Suisse to Pay $47Mn to Resolve DOJ Asia Probe
- SEC Chair Clayton Goes 'Hat in Hand' Before Congress on 2019 Budget Request
- SEC's Opening Remarks to the Elder Justice Coordinating Council
- Massachusetts Jury Convicts CA Attorney of Securities Fraud
- Deutsche Bank Says 3 Senior Investment Bankers to Leave Firm
- World’s Biggest Hedge Fund Reportedly ‘Bearish On Financial Assets’
- SEC Fines Constant Contact, Popular Email Marketer, for Overstating Subscriber Numbers
- SocGen Agrees to Pay $1.3 Billion to End Libya, Libor Probes
- Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitfinex Briefly Halts Trading After Cyber Attack
- SEC Names Valerie Szczepanik Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation
- SEC Modernizes Delivery of Fund Reports, Seeks Public Feedback on Improving Fund Disclosure
- NYSE Says SEC Plan to Limit Exchange Rebates Would Hurt Investors
- Deutsche Bank faces another challenge with Fed stress test
- Former JPMorgan Broker Files racial discrimination suit against company
- $3.3Mn Winning Bid for Lunch with Warren Buffett
- Julie Erhardt is SEC's New Acting Chief Risk Officer
- Chyhe Becker is SEC's New Acting Chief Economist, Acting Director of Economic and Risk Analysis Division
- Getting a Handle on Virtual Currencies - FINRA
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Where’s the Beef? Market Volume and Volatility
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Stock market indices are crazy up since their last dip on November 4 ,2016 - the Dow is up 15.7%, S&P 500 is up 13.2%, and Nasdaq is up 16.9%. And, bank stocks are leading the way. So you’re thinking, if only banks could make markets and trade for their own accounts they’d be minting money.
Except nothing can be further from the truth. Traders are languishing in this market. Stock trading is slow. Volume and volatility are low. And realized volatility – the actual volatility of the S&P 500 over successive 30-day periods – is near historic lows.
While many market experts haven’t a clue, some possible explanations for recent trends include, the following:
- Trading technology – automated traders, and various types of algo traders – have made the markets extremely efficient.
- ETFs are reducing volatility because investors can trade the ETFs without trading the basket of underlying stocks.
- The Fed has tamped down volatility for years by keeping rates low and essentially encouraging people to buy equities due to its quantitative easing program.
That said, traders can try and wait for the trends to reverse, or they can figure out ways to reduce costs or gain economies of scale.