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It only feels volatile if you’re not an octogenarian: YTD 7 trading days have been up at least 1% and 10 down at least 1%. That ranks third (7+10 / 28 = 60.7%) behind the full year of 1932 (66.1%; 30.6% up and 35.6% down) and 1933 (63.5%; 34.0% up and 29.5% down).

YTD the S&P 500 is down 8.80%, and if the market closes up a bit today (1339.36 vs yesterdays close of 1339.13), we would finally no longer be the worst YTD in history (currently 1957 at -8.79% - but a great wine year) - you take what you can get.