The index represents 100 stocks with the least volatility in the past 12 months from the S&P 500 universe. Volatility is a measure of stock movement or the standard deviation. Academics have extensively researched the "low volatility" phenomena and proved that it is an effective technique. (It works due to some inherent investor biases that exist, in this case, they prefer high beta stocks and chase up prices of these stocks.)
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