Researchers are developing new ways to gauge volatility far beyond financial markets.
Many companies are reassessing spending plans.
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Uncertainty is confounding by its very definition. In the economy, uncertainty can arise from a number of different corners, including wars, natural disasters, and, of course, government decisions—or indecision.