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

The market is currently in a nice little comfort zone, touching on record highs on a regular basis. In spite of that fact, it has more or less been in a sideways trend these last four weeks, which tends to beg the question: Is the market consolidating for a breakout or about to lose steam and head into reverse?

That remains to be see, though there are reasons to think that the low levels of volatility the market currently is registering will start to rise fairly soon. Read more about ETF Periscope:VIX Near Year’s Low Makes It Cheap Insurance Against Volatility

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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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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

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

Investors seem ready to forgive and forget a lot of the problems that inhabited the 2012 equity market.

And why not? Read more about ETF Periscope: Wall Street Seeks to Get a Little Higher

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