Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” -- Aldous Huxley

Wall Street made a nice little recovery on Friday, as positive jobs numbers helped bring the major indices a lot closer to break-even for a week that seemed destined to end up substantially in the red. Read more about ETF Periscope: Santa Claus Rally? Maybe, But Hedge Just In Case

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It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” -- Winston Churchill

With the US equity markets hitting new highs on what seems a daily basis as of late, investors may be forgiven if they haven’t been tracking the European economy as closely as they had in the recent past, when the Eurozone seemed to be in perpetual crisis mode. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is This a Good Time to Short the Eurozone?

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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.” -- Robert Frost

Right now, it looks like it would take a major downside event to prevent the major indices from having a swimmingly good year. Read more about ETF Periscope: Low Volatility Levels Provide Hedge Opportunity at Discount Rates

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought.” -- Basho

While investors may be getting a stiff neck looking up at the recent string of new market highs, they might soon look back wistfully at that minor level of discomfort as compared to the one they experience once the market dips low enough to touch the actual economy. Read more about ETF Periscope: Weak Eurozone Growth Offers Little Support for Stagnant U.S. Economy

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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate, it becomes transformed by thought.” — Pablo Picasso

Last week saw investors exposed to a broad swath of noise from a number of diverse sources, and the bottom line was that Wall Street pretty much ended the week close to where it had begun. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is China’s Resilience Enough to Attract New Investors?

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Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.” — Mark Twain

If you go by Wall Street’s scorecard, the economy seems to be going gangbusters, as evidenced by the upward trajectory of the major equity indices. Read more about ETF Periscope: Sentiment on Main Street at Odds with Jubilation on Wall Street

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You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy;   - then you should sit for an hour.”--Old Zen adage

Batten down the hatches. The Congress critters are at it again. Read more about ETF Periscope: Riding the D.C.-to-Wall Street Volatility Express

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I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” -- Pablo Picasso

So now the fun really begins.

That is, if you consider fun the sort of thing that happens when Wall Street has way too much information to process in a very short period of time. Read more about ETF Periscope: Expect Stormy Q3 Earnings Season as Washington’s Maelstrom Proceeds

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. -- Henry David Thoreau

Well, that party didn’t last long, and the hangover was on the nasty side.

Wall Street had a few days to entertain a little early-week exuberance as a couple of Fed-centric news cycles spurred the equity market towards yet another round of record highs. That exuberance, however, was severely “tapered” when a conflicting message from another Fed officer sent the market reeling towards steep losses, cutting into its midweek gains. Read more about ETF Periscope: Reactive Market Responds to Fed’s Mixed Tapering Signal


Wall Street seems to be in a bit of a holding pattern, not quite sure which way to go as it ponders how to respond to the possibility of another war, a domestic economy that seems to sputter out with regularity, and the inevitability of a tapering off of the massive bond-buying program that has goosed the equity market to record highs. Read more about ETF Periscope: Investors Unimpressed With Sound of War Drumbeat

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