The table below provides the top- and bottom-twenty ETFs sorted by 2011 Historic Volatility. Also shown are Risk-Reward measures, including Modified Sharpe, Sortino and Omega Ratios [definitions]. It probably comes as no surprise that the least volatile ETFs were focused in the bond complex last year, while the most volatile were represented by Commodity and European indices.
Lastly, note the inverse correlation between volatility and positive, stabile returns — sometimes boring is good!
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