PRICES & SPENDING   •  Feb 2017  •  Volume 6 / Number 3

The cost of crisis: why stock fees rise when markets slip

The cost of crisis: why stock fees rise when markets slip

Uncertainty about the direction of the financial markets affects the value of stocks and the costs to trade them. This Beyond the Numbers article examines the relationship between the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) for dealer transactions-equity securities and two major stock market volatility indicators. An analysis of these three measures shows a positive correlation.

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