What does volatility mean?

Definitions for volatility-ˈtɪl ɪ ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volatility(noun)

    the property of changing readily from a solid or liquid to a vapor

  2. volatility, unpredictability(noun)

    the trait of being unpredictably irresolute

    "the volatility of the market drove many investors away"

  3. excitability, excitableness, volatility(noun)

    being easily excited


  1. volatility(Noun)

    The state of being volatile

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volatility(noun)

    quality or state of being volatile; disposition to evaporate; changeableness; fickleness


  1. Volatility

    In finance, volatility is a measure for variation of price of a financial instrument over time. Historic volatility is derived from time series of past market prices. An implied volatility is derived from the market price of a market traded derivative. The symbol σ is used for volatility, and corresponds to standard deviation, which should not be confused with the similarly named variance, which is instead the square, σ².


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volatility in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volatility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mario Draghi:

    One lesson is that we should get used to periods of higher volatility. At very low levels of interest rates, asset prices tend to show higher volatility.

  2. John Ing:

    Volatility is now the name of the game, there is a confluence of factors at work, both geopolitical, energy prices, interest rates, all this is leading to the expectations of increased volatility.

  3. Med Jones:

    Unlike many in the investment community, I classify gold and other high volatility assets as speculative investments, so although I would invest in gold, I would keep its share of the portfolio to minimum and would monitor them closely.

  4. Tim Caulfield:

    We may see more volatility (in the energy sector) going forward, given that we're seeing such dramatic volatility in the underlying commodity price, if share prices have overreacted, taking the long-term view, that can create an interesting buying opportunity.

  5. Daniel Loughney:

    As volatility moved lower over the past couple of years and correlations to equities increased, investors' risk models encouraged greater 'hidden' risk taking, this made market participants more exposed to spikes in volatility, so their risk models will now be normalizing.

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