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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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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So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact. And remember that Life’s a great balancing act.” -- Dr. Seuss

The market has gone back to its Bullish ways, resuming the upward trajectory that has been effectively going on for most of the year, as represented by the 13% gain to date of the S&P 500 Index (SPX). Read more about ETF Periscope: VIX May Be Low, But High Volatility Continues to Lurk

“All generalizations are false, including this one.” -- Mark Twain

For those investors who may have been feeling a tad complacent due to the recent record highs of several of the major indices, last week probably served as a reminder that high volatility is always just a shout away from knocking the market down a notch or three. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is “Sell In May” Already Circled On Wall Street’s Calendar?

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Scott MartindaleMarkets attempted to rebound on Wednesday after two days of fear and loathing, but extreme weakness in Apple (AAPL) held back the Nasdaq and S&P 500 while the Dow was able to finish positive. Whether this is just a dead cat bounce remains to be seen. Without a doubt, this week has changed the technical picture from bullish to iffy. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls lose traction as skids get “Greeced”

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ETF Periscope: Some Random Thoughts Down Wall Street

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces. -- William Shakespeare

Bernanke came. Bernanke went. Bernanke will be back real soon. Read more about ETF Periscope: Some Random Thoughts Down Wall Street

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Rude Crude and the Fear Index

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~  Dale Carnegie Read more about ETF Periscope: Rude Crude and the Fear Index

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