Whatever triggered that mysterious thousand-point stock market tumble on May 6 — a "flash crash" that briefly vaporized some $1 trillion — it served one good purpose: After 13 months of remarkably steady gains, we were all reminded that the market is inherently volatile. Though stocks tend to beat other investments over decades, seldom do they move smoothly upward for long. The stock market is, by nature, a roller coaster. … Back to Article
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