Strap yourself in tight investors, if history is any guide the mid-term elections promise to bring neck-snapping volatility to stocks.
Equity market volatility has averaged 15% during 11 election years since 1974 compared with a median of 12% in all years since 1970, says Goldman Sachs strategist Ben Snider. With a lightening rod for controversy in the White House, the inevitable political debate ahead of the Nov. elections and the Sept. 30 government funding deadline lurking, markets have a good chance to be more volatile than historical norms.
But for those willing to ride the waves, there could be light at the end of the tunnel.
During the 11 mid-term election years since 1974, Goldman Sachs found that the S&P 500
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