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Kurtosis

Definition: Kurtosis refers to the distribution of observed data around the mean (although not to be confused with standard deviation).

More details: Investors can use kurtosis to describe the trends found in charts.  High kurtosis is characterized by fat tails and concentration around the mean.  Low kurtosis has skinny tails and greater distribution.

Using kurtosis helps to assess the volatility of volatility or the general volatility of returns.

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Kurtosis was a new word in my vocabulary. I have never met with this term in my career. Finding the trends in the chart was a difficult task since I met with this Kurtosis. The high and the low value indicators and characteristics of this term are very helpful.

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