Low-Volatility Stocks Are Winning as the Market Swings. Thank Falling Interest Rates

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Low-Volatility Stocks Are Winning as the Market Swings. Thank Falling Interest Rates.

Most of the low-volatility fund’s biggest investments are utility stocks.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

As U.S. stocks have swung in recent days, one group of stocks that offers relative stability has outperformed.

The Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (ticker: SPLV)—holding 100 stocks in the S&P 500 that have shown the least price volatility over the past 12 months—beat the broader market by 2 percentage points on Monday. The S&P 500 fell nearly 8% to start the week, posting its worst one-day percentage drop since the 2008 financial crisis….

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