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Why Stocks Are Swinging So Wildly

In just over a week, the Dow has risen and fallen a total of more than 2500 points — enough to give even the most iron-willed investor pause.

So is it just our imagination, or are the markets more volatile than ever? And if that’s true, why is it so?

First, to state the obvious, it’s true that over the past few years we’ve endured more than our share of stock market volatility — but it’s not unprecedented, or even record-breaking.