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Part 2: The New Laws > Intraday Volatility

Chapter 1. Intraday Volatility

Intraday share price volatility is on the rise.

Volatility is a word that usually strikes fear into the hearts of investors. Many who hear or read about it almost instantly imagine cliff-like drops in share prices or scenes of battered traders being dragged off the exchange floor—casualties of an especially nasty bout of market turbulence. Like rainy days and Mondays, volatility often seems to get people down, and positive associations are usually hard to come by. However, choppy, wide-ranging moves are not, in themselves, inherently negative, nor should they automatically be interpreted as a sign that participants should pull back and sit on their hands. They can, in fact, trigger profitable opportunities for patient and well-disciplined investors looking to take advantage of favorable entry points when acquiring new positions or to lock in extraordinary gains on existing holdings. Nonetheless, increasingly unstable market conditions can pose a threat to investing success—one that must be understood to be challenged and outmaneuvered to be overcome.


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