US investors target low-volatility stocks to mitigate risks of investing in volatility

US market sees large inflows into strategies that seek to offset risks of investing in volatility

A little less volatility, please

Standard & Poor's (S&P) Low Volatility Index has acquired a staggering $860 million in assets under management since its launch in May 2011, and market participants predict that low volatility themes will represent a key growth area in the coming year.

The Invesco PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio, an exchange-traded fund that tracks the index, weighs stocks by the inverse of volatility and allows investors to navigate financial markets that have been volatile since stocks collapsed

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