Volume continued to decline in the stock market during November, and some pros think it's because investors are worried about the "Fiscal Cliff."
As of Wednesday's close, volume on the New York Stock Exchange this month totaled 64 billion shares, the lowest this year (see chart below). That includes all trades executed on the exchange's various platforms.
There also have been big swings in the major indexes. The Dow's trading range this month was 819.26 points, while the S&P 500's was 90.92, the largest spread for both since June.
At the same time, the volatility index known as the VIX has not traded above 20 for four consecutive months, marking the longest streak since Feb. 2007, when it remained below that level for five straight months (Oct. 2006 to Feb. 2007).