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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Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Wall Street is on a nice little run at the moment, precisely the sort that is almost too seductive to avoid. So does that in fact make it the time to avoid it?

Maybe, maybe not. Yet bandwagons should be, at the very least, soundly considered prior to hopping aboard one. Read more about ETF Periscope: Is an Overheated Market About to Let Off Some Steam?

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“When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.”   -- Meister Eckhart

While the U.S. equity market was having something of a party over the course of the holiday-shortened week, the European Union (EU) was entrenched in yet another series of issues that would seem to indicate just how tenuous the region’s alliance might be.  Read more about ETF Periscope: Britain Adds More Drama to the EU Circus

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"The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.”—Sun Tzu

Don’t look now, but the Dow could easily end the year about where it started. All it will take is another few rounds of weaker-than-expected earnings reports to seal the deal, accompanied by a resultant move downward of about 7% for the Blue-Chip index. Read more about ETF Periscope: With Companies Sitting On Massive Cash, Expect Blisters On Bottom Lines

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A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”—Groucho Marx

For a market that has spent a good portion of September exploring new highs for the year, there seems to be a lingering apprehension on Wall Street that October could see a return to increased volatility. Read more about ETF Periscope: Spain Remains a Pain For Wall Street

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