Did US stocks climb the ‘Wall of Worry’, as dubbed by The Wall Street, in 2012? Yes, it has been a positive one for US stocks, in spite of the fact that the nation went through hiccups and upheavals pertaining to fiscal crisis, the global slowdown of NYSE stocks, and Barack Obama being re-elected for the second tenure as US President. Many other events that made year 2012 memorable were sharp plunging of Apple shares by 30%, losses incurred by investors on Facebook IPO, and a bold move that came from European Central Bank to keep euro zone from the danger of breaking apart.US Stocks Braved All UncertaintiesNational stocks did survive all odds and braved the tantrums of a volatile market. The favorable percentages of top indexes like S&P (13.4% up, and also the best performance since 2009), NASDAQ (15.9 % up), and The Russell 2000 (14.6% up) bear testimony to it. But somehow things were not up to the mark for blue chip Dow Jones; it grew by a paltry percentage of 7.3%. Overall, it was a promising mood, with rising stocks outnumbering the declining ones. All these percentages make clear that stocks did successfully climb the “Wall of Worry”. NASDAQ ended up in the top slot of gains. There was another booster also; the job market flourished to give a boost to the stock market. The unemployment rate witnessed a drop by 7.7%.Volatility Index Did Not Spark FearVolatility Index behaved quite differently this year. For the very first time, since its debut in 2006 at Chicago Board of Exchange, it stayed away from creating panic and anxiety in investors’ mind. It failed to touch level 30, which is deemed as the threshold point for signaling market volatility and spiraling worry. Without a hitch, it can be said that volatility signal was comparatively tranquil.A New Concept Born2012 gave birth to a new concept in the world of stocks. Investors worldwide got acquainted with a novel investing concept. The concept is dubbed as ‘risk on’ or ‘risk off’ – referring to roller coaster ups and downs of the market. In 2012, investors’ moves had largely been dominated and influenced by happening stories that made news headlines. One of the striking news that came to the forefront was Facebook IPO; losses on Facebook IPO was a harsh reminder that no single investment is safe and secure in the world of finance.The stocks effectively swam through debt crisis scenario prevailing in Europe and United States. The positive trend of the stock market was rounded up on the last day of the year, with a New Year resolution of ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations announced by Washington lawmakers. In short, 2012 had been a great year for international stocks, and it set in an optimistic mindset in investors keen to capitalize on profits in 2013.