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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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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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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It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long difficult words but rather short easy words like What about lunch?” -- Winnie the Pooh

Washington is back doing what it seems to be best at these days, which is ramping up the national angst while it plays a Congressional game of “chicken.” Read more about ETF Periscope: Volatility Gains as Congress Showboats

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In terms of volatility, what a difference a month makes.

Back at the beginning of August, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index (VIX) was hanging around its low point for the year, ending the week at just a shade below 12. But the worm seems to have turned these past four weeks as the VIX, inevitably referred to as the “fear index,” has climbed over 40% since then. Read more about ETF Periscope: Does the Jumpy VIX Indicate a Volatile September Ahead?

daniel / Tag: DJIA, COMP, SPX, VIX, VXX, FDN, SOXX, FXL, SMH, QTEC, IGV, VGK, CBOE, Chicago Board Options Exchange, BERNANKE, Yellen, Summers, FED / 0 Comments

If the current economic forecast holds, the European Union (EU) is expected to announce next week that the Eurozone has finally emerged from its nearly three-year descent into recessionary territory. The 17-nation currency union should show that it has expanded its GDP by 0.2% over the course of the second quarter of 2013.

Hardly a staggering rise, but considering that growth has either stagnated or shrunk over the last several years, including the recent string of six straight quarters into negative territory, the gains are sure to be widely heralded. Read more about ETF Periscope: Eurozone Offers Siren Song to Investors

It was another week of wild mood-swings on Wall Street, as Ben Bernanke seemed to be intent on roiling the markets. Deliberate or not, the effect was the same, as investors seemed hesitant to jump in on the dips with the same enthusiasm that they have for the majority of the year so far. The question is, will the volatility express continue to barrel through the summer vacation months? Read more about ETF Periscope: Wall Street Rides Another Week’s Wave of Mood Swings

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Nothing like a 300-point swing to light up the volatility index. That’s pretty much what happened last Friday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) started the day with a nice little 70-point gain in the morning.

From that point on, however, investors seemed to lose their appetite for equities, as the Dow trended steadily downward for the remainder of the day. Steadily, that is, until the last 15 minutes of the trading session, when a sharp drop ensued as sellers proceeded without any noticeable resistance into the close.
  Read more about ETF Periscope: Bears Eye Recent VIX Pop With Considerable Interest

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From the Fed, from Congress and President, and from Europe for starters. Chairman Bernanke may give us the former as he testifies on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Congress must act by Friday over the sequestration issues.  And Italy could’ve helped a bit today if its election resulted in a more stable government, although that does appear to be happening. Read more about What the Market Wants: The Market Wants Clarity Now!

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