Imagine commuting to work every day but instead of your usual set of wheels, you're taking a much bumpier ride.
That's how UBS director of NYSE floor operations, Art Cashin, describes how 2015 played out for the market.
"As I said, this year was like commuting by roller coaster. Lots of chills and spills, but you ended up pretty much where you started," he told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" Tuesday.
It was this return to "square one" that frustrated a lot of people this year, Cashin said, adding that the year before a presidential election generally has a history of being up.