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David Berman: Investing in a volatile market

Money Talks is a collection of daily columns from The Business Network, which airs weekday mornings on CBC Radio One at 5:45 a.m. ET (6:15 a.m. ET in N.L.).

If you’ve noticed recently that there are few areas of your investment portfolio that are doing well as the rest get swept up in the latest round of stock market volatility, you’re not imagining things and you are certainly not alone.

Right now, just about all financial assets are moving up and down together from day to day -- from Canadian stocks and emerging markets, to European stocks and Asian stocks, across different sectors and different company sizes.

The fancy term for this unusual condition is “positive correlation.” The not-so-fancy term is everything is zigging and zagging together, which is a frustrating condition for investors who want a peaceful sleep at night.

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