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Market Volatility

In this video, Roger Hawes, an Analyst from the Corellian Academy, delves into the topic of market volatility and provides insights on how to navigate increased market turbulence.

Volatility refers to the speed and unpredictability of market movements, characterized by rapid and choppy price changes. While tackling volatility may not be as straightforward, traders can refer to the VIX (Volatility Index) which serves as an indicator of market fear and uncertainty, linked to the S&P 500.

Accordingly, VIX levels below 20 can indicate relatively calm and comfortable markets, while values above 30 may indicate a high level of fear and uncertainty, often leading to daily stock price swings of two to three percent.

Furthermore, volatility comes with both advantages and challenges and there is a correlation between VIX levels and market movements, with rising VIX often coinciding with market declines. However, while the VIX index is linked to stock markets, traders should note that volatility isn't limited to equity markets and can manifest across various financial instruments.

Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that although increased volatility can present opportunities for profit, it requires traders to adapt their trading strategies due to the higher speed and potential for rapid reversals that may lead to losses. This is where the concept of “in-flight decision-making,” comes into play. Since volatile markets demand quicker reactions as movements can be faster and reversals more abrupt, a need for sharper order management and discipline arises.

As such, in the video, examples are used to illustrate how volatile markets can lead to quick and significant price drops, emphasizing the importance of understanding market positioning.

Moreover, to anticipate volatility, traders can consider indicators such as Bollinger Bands. These bands tend to widen during more turbulent periods, hinting at increased market instability. Traders can also use trading charts, identify historical data, support and resistance levels, and refer to indicators like Bollinger Bands in order to establish protective stops that account for the heightened volatility.

In addition, adapting risk management strategies to accommodate larger price movements may be crucial. This might involve reducing position sizes and re-evaluating stop-loss levels.

Finally, trading strategies need to be flexible, especially when market outliers, like unexpected earnings reports, can drastically alter market dynamics.

In conclusion, according to Hawes, staying calm under pressure is paramount as panic can lead to poor decisions. By regularly reassessing risk exposure, maintaining composure, and adjusting strategies to fit the volatile environment, traders can potentially position themselves for success in turbulent markets.

These webinars are provided by Corellian Academy and are subject to its privacy policy. The information is general in nature and does not consider your objectives, financial situation or needs and should seek professional advice before acting on it. No representation or warranty is given by Plus500 as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

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