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January has been a nightmare for investors. Here's what Wall Street is watching

Wall Street has been thrown headfirst into a sea of turbulence in 2022.

Raindrops hang on a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. Foto: REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo

U.S. stocks have recorded three consecutive weekly declines to kick off the year, as spooked investors worry the Federal Reserve may tighten monetary policy more aggressively than originally planned to combat surging inflation. That uncertainty has sent the market's fear gauge, Cboe's volatility index, up nearly 100% year-to-date, and played out in stunning fashion Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average cratered then clawed out of a more than 1,000-point deficit - a first - to end the session in the green.

The swings can be dizzying, but experts are quick to note that volatility is a healthy part of the market because it presents opportunities in the form of bargain prices...

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