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What Does Stock Market Volatility Mean for Investors?

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U.S. markets this week have painted the perfect picture of volatility. But exactly what does stock market volatility mean for investors?

Put simply, volatility is the amount of uncertainty about the size of changes in the stock market.

Let's take a look at the $2.1 trillion sell-off this week as a case study to illustrate how stock market volatility actually works...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Gains 183 Points on Chinese Rebound

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Surges 450 Despite Chinese Volatility

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The 10 Biggest Drops in Dow Jones Industrial Average History

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 586 points yesterday (Monday), marking the eighth-worst point drop in the Dow's 133-year history. On "Black Monday," the Dow Jones closed at 15,872.22, which was a 3.56% drop.

The biggest point drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average happened on Sept. 29, 2008, when the index plummeted 6.98%.

Here's how yesterday's drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ranks among its worst point losses...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Rebounds Today After "Black Monday"

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday, Aug. 25) forecasted a 523-point increase as investors attempt to move past "Black Monday," in which the Dow Jones saw its largest intraday decline in its 133-year history.

This morning, China slashed interest rates again after falling another 7.6% on Tuesday. The Shanghai Index is now down more than 15% in two days, as concerns about the nation's growth rattles investors.

Here's everything investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Peter Schiff on U.S. Dollar Crisis: "The Dollar Bubble Is Going to Burst"

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Peter Schiff, economist, best-selling author, and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, believes a U.S. dollar crisis is underway.

"The dollar is very overvalued...and the dollar is a bubble," he told Newsmax Prime on Aug. 11. "This dollar bubble is going to burst."

Indeed, two weeks later and Schiff's prediction proved timely. The U.S. dollar index has suffered a fourth-straight loss, and U.S. markets have plummeted in the worst weekly sell-off in four years.

Many blame the surprise yuan devaluation. But Schiff believes investors should be worried about the United States, not China...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Plummets Today as China's Stock Market Crashes

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Monday, August 24) forecasted a 616-point decline, nearly 4% as traders continue to selloff over fears related to the Chinese economy.

Nasdaq futures were down more than 80 points, or 5%, as tech stocks slumped in premarket hours. Traders around the world have dubbed Aug. 24) Black Monday."

Here's everything you need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Will Continue Dive Below 17,000

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Friday, Aug. 21) forecasted an 80-point decline. The S&P is currently at a five-month low.

This all follows yesterday's declines, when the DJIA cratered 358 points, below the 17,000-mark, and the Nasdaq had its worst one-day decline since April 2014.

Here's a look at the stock market news that's moving the DJIA today even lower...

Dow Jones Futures Today Fall on Sell-Off in Crude Oil Prices

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Dow Futures Today Fall Ahead of FOMC Minutes

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Dips Today as Chinese Markets Fall

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, Aug. 18, forecasted a 61-point slide after another broad selloff in Chinese stocks.

This morning, China's benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell more than 6.1%, as traders raised new concerns about the nation's recent currency devaluation.

Here's everything else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Moving Today on These Top Stories

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today forecasted a 31-point decline as the markets prepare for an important week of earnings in the wake of China's recent devaluation of its currency.

A number of large Chinese retail importers like Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Walmart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), and Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) are set to report earnings this week.

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What the Stock Market Did Today: Dow Jones Gains 69 Points

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Dow Jones Futures Today Slide with Bad Apple News (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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