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Beta (β) is a measure of volatility, or systematic risk, of a security or portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole. (Most people use the S&P 500 Index to represent the market.)
Beta is also a measure of the covariance of a stock with the market. It is calculated using regression analysis.
You can think of beta as the tendency of a security's returns to respond to swings in the market. For example, if a stock's beta is 1.2, then it is theoretically 20% more volitile than the market.
There are several different ways to find beta using the resources at the Cutler Center. Each resource will provide you with varying results for the beta of a security due to differences in the calculations used in each program. These issues are addressed in this guide.