Although the last two trading days have seen exceptionally narrow daily ranges, today we wanted to take a quick look at the S&P 500’s frequency of 2% daily moves (either up or down) in the post-WWII period.  The chart below breaks out the frequency of 2% days by year, and years with more than 25 one-day moves of 2% are notated accordingly.

Overall, there have been an average of 11 daily 2% moves in a given year.  After five straight years from 2007 to 2011 where we saw an above-average number of 2% days, the last seven years have only seen one year with an above-average number of occurrences (2018, 21).  Remember, in 2017 there wasn’t one single trading day that saw the S&P move up or down 2%!

So far this year, there have only been four 2% days, but with the most volatile part of the year on tap, we are likely to see that number increase in the months ahead.  Don’t expect the relative calm that we have seen in the last few trading days to last forever.  Volatility is unpredictable and usually comes up and surprises you when you least expect it!  Start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Institutional to access our premium content and interactive tools.

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