In today’s volatile market, liquidity is vital. You want to be able to buy and sell securities fast, easily, and at an attractive cost.
Volatility happens. And it might surprise you how often. With the VIX now trending above its long-term average, investors have again turned to SPDR® ETFs for their liquidity and transparency.
Source: Bloomberg L.P., as of June 9, 2022. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Volatile periods noted are evidenced by the spike in VIX as well as memorable moments of macro events.
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ETFs accounted for 26% of trading volume on US exchanges in 2021.
Because bid-ask spreads double on average when the VIX crosses 30, liquidity is critical.
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SPDR ETFs represent 36.1% of the ETF industry’s annual trading volume ($36 trillion). That’s $510 billion more than Vanguard and BlackRock combined – making State Street SPDR ETFs the secondary market leader.2
1 Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of June 7, 2022, based on data from 2012 to 2022
2 Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of December 31, 2021, calculations per SPDR Americas Research
The difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay for an asset and the lowest price the seller will accept to sell. Bid-ask spreads are a key measure of the liquidity of an asset or security.
The ability to quickly buy or sell an investment in the market without impacting its price. Trading volume is a primary determinant of liquidity.
The SPX Volatility Index, also called the VIX or the CBOE Volatility Index, is a measure of the market's expectation of 30-day volatility. It is constructed using the implied volatilities of a wide range of S&P 500 index options.
A blending of the words volatility and Armageddon, refers to the extraordinary US stock market activity that took place on February 5, 2018.
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Bonds generally present less short-term risk and volatility than stocks, but contain interest rate risk (as interest rates raise, bond prices usually fall); issuer default risk; issuer credit risk; liquidity risk; and inflation risk. These effects are usually pronounced for longer-term securities. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to a substantial gain or loss.
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Because of their narrow focus, sector investing tends to be more volatile than investments that diversify across many sectors and companies.
Frequent trading of ETFs could significantly increase commissions and other costs such that they may offset any savings from low fees or costs.
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