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International Market Volatility

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The day-to-day volatility of U.S. equity markets has increased markedly this year. The average absolute percentage change in the NASDAQ has risen almost 80% so far this year compared with 1999. Moreover, the day-to-day volatilities of both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are higher than in any of the past four years. Market volatility is generally associated with uncertainty, which in this case may reflect apprehension about the valuation of high-tech stocks and concerns about future U.S. monetary policy.

Suggested citation: "International Market Volatility," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 00-05, pp. 19, 05.01.2000.

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