This past December felt like the Grinch was staging a coup to steal our holiday cheer, obliterate year-to-date returns, and create angst among investors. Then lo and behold Santa finally arrived in January. Better late than never. The markets rebounded, and investors breathed a sigh of relief. We experienced the most hair-raising part of a roller-coaster ride in those two months. This was a major wake-up call that volatility is back, and we better be prepared for more exciting rides in the future.