This way you stay invested if you are worried


However, the stocks remain close to the all-time high. It's not the best time to take your money off the market.

Fortunately, there are several so-called exchange-traded funds with minimal or low volatility from respected money management companies like Fidelity, BlackRock, Invesco and others.

These ETFs tend to own stocks that deliver high dividend yields and should do better if the market as a whole suddenly becomes much louder. Invesco's S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (SPLV)For example, the high-yielding utilities are heavily burdened. It's been a good bet lately since Dow Jones Utilities average (DJU) has grown by more than 25% in the past 12 months.

Value in proven blue chips

Dow components Microsoft (MSFT) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – both trading near all-time highs – are among the largest positions in the Fidelity Low Volatility Factor ETF (FDLO), gold digger Newmont (nem) and cumbersome Dow consumer giants Coke (KO) and MC Donalds (MCD) are in the top 5 stocks iShares Edge MSCI USA ETF with minimal volatility (USMV),

These and many other low and minimal volatility ETFs offer investors a mix of value stocks that share some of the features of safe bonds, said Troy Gayeski, co-chief investment officer at SkyBridge. You should benefit from a flight to safety.

Financial stocks are another group that can benefit from low volatility. According to KBW analyst Fred Cannon, banks outperformed the broader market in four out of the last five periods of low volatility.

That should be considered as JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Wells Fargo (WFC). Citigroup (C). Goldman Sachs (GS). Bank of America (BAC) and Morgan Stanley (MRS) should report all of their earnings this week.
Record profits at major banks could keep the stock rally alive
The almost scary feeling of calm on Wall Street – a phenomenon that some have called the market meltdown – could continue for the foreseeable future.

According to Gayeski, investors could miss out on bigger profits by avoiding riskier parts of the stock market like tech in favor of clumsy and reliable dividend payers.

The US-China trade agreement to be signed this week could continue the general market recovery for some time to come. That means it may not be the right time to follow a cautious, risk-averse strategy.

"It is too early to be defensive. The first step in China may not be a moment when we hug each other in Kumbaya, but it prevents things from escalating further," said Gayeski.

Be prepared for the market to get bumpier at some point

Others argue that the market will not remain so optimistic indefinitely.

"Low volatility cannot last forever," KBW's Cannon wrote in a report last Friday.

To this end, it may make sense to include more consumer goods companies, healthcare stocks, real estate companies, utilities and financial services companies in your portfolio.

Bond yields are very low. What can an investor who wants a return do?

Dividend yields should become an increasingly important factor in market returns when it suddenly gets louder.

"I understand why people are concerned. We are late in this business cycle. People are choosing some good, old-fashioned dividend players," said John Norris, managing director of wealth and investment at Oakworth Capital Bank.

Norris told CNN Business that he was "amazed" at how quickly Iran had disappeared from the headlines of financial news. But he added that there were still question marks regarding earnings, the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy, and a possible economic slowdown.

"Volatility should be more normal this year," said Norris.

With this in mind, it may make sense for investors to prefer blue-chip stocks in more stable sectors, says Quincy Krosby, chief strategist at Prudential Financial.

Krosby believes there is still uncertainty about what will happen to the US and China even after a preliminary trade agreement is signed.

She added that CEOs and CFOs could hold back some important business decisions until the results of the presidential election become clearer. A more advanced democratic candidate could mean trouble for the healthcare, retail, and technology sectors.

"Is there a clear signal for the broader market? No. You have to do things quarterly," said Krosby. "So it will be important to focus on quality companies with strong cash flows and constant dividends."