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

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?

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Wall Street had its ear close to the ground towards the end of last week, listening closely to the chatter emanating out of the Fed-sponsored 2013 Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. One sound they surely didn’t hear was the mellifluous musings of soon-to-be-out-the-door Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who chose not to attend for the first time since his inaugural year way back in 2006.

It is probably a safe assumption that his name did get bandied about by those who did attend the conference, consisting of many of the world’s central bankers and officers. Read more about ETF Periscope: Jackson Hole Still Makes Noise Without Bernanke

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So far, July is looking pretty sweet for those investors who have decided to swap the pleasures of the beach for an extended Wall Street voyage through the summer.

For the moment at least, the market seems to be righting its ship after a fair amount of buffeting following Ben Bernanke’s comments regarding the Fed’s intention of tapering off its ambitious bond purchase program.

Apparently, investors have been comforted last week by his new and improved comments, the ones offering reassurance that the tapering isn’t quite as imminent as he first indicated, and that he is really, really advocating for continuing the money stimulus along its current trajectory. Read more about ETF Periscope: A Good Time to Buy the Dip in China Equities? (Part 3)

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Volatility has, indeed, calmed down a bit last week, compared to the previous one, as some soothing words from some of the Fed’s top monetary policy officials seemed to balance off Ben Bernanke’s earlier comments regarding the imminence of QE3 tapering.  It did seem to be an orchestrated attempt by Fed officials to stabilize the markets following the strong negative reaction that occurred in response to Bernanke’s comments that the bond-buying program would be reduced much sooner than investors had anticipated. If this was the intended reaction it worked . . . Read more about ETF Periscope: A Good Time to Buy the Dip in China Equities? (Part 1)

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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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The last couple of weeks has seen Wall Street moving in something of a sideways trend, though that hardly indicates the increased level of intraday volatility that the equity market has been experiencing since the last week of May. Will it be more of the same for the coming week? Bet on it . . . Read more about ETF Periscope: Fed Playing a Volatile Game

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The VIX is looking a little bit jumpy as of late, perhaps reflecting something of a rising wariness among investors in terms of risk.

Can the Bulls be standing on something of a slippery slope, about to slide towards a trend reversal? Or is it just a seasonal thing, with investors tightening up their portfolios prior to summer?

  Read more about ETF Periscope: Late Spring Volatility Likely to Segue into Summer

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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” -- Albert Einstein

Ben Bernanke is back for yet another close-up this week, and in spite of a certain degree of dissent amongst the Fed ranks, chances are better than even-money that the press conference that follows this week’s gathering of the Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) will find Big Ben indicating that the super low interest rates, strong stimulus tack will remain in place. Read more about ETF Periscope: Fed Won’t Stop the Party Just Yet

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If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -- Dale Carnegie

Wall Street has been locked into a sideways trend for the last month or so, see-sawing between January’s predominately bullish momentum and a newfound wave of investor indecisiveness, something that was mostly absent the first four weeks of the year to date.

Is Ben Bernanke about to change all that? And if so, which side of the fulcrum will he tilt the market towards? Read more about ETF Periscope: The Fed Rudely Reinserts Itself Back into the Conversation

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