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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Wall Street seems to be in a bit of a holding pattern, not quite sure which way to go as it ponders how to respond to the possibility of another war, a domestic economy that seems to sputter out with regularity, and the inevitability of a tapering off of the massive bond-buying program that has goosed the equity market to record highs. Read more about ETF Periscope: Investors Unimpressed With Sound of War Drumbeat

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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 you happened to blink last Thursday, you probably missed an event that contains powerful implications for investors and, well, pretty much anyone who has a stake in the economy. That’s when China’s Shanghai Composite Index experienced a 6% swing, going from a roughly 1% loss to a 5.6% gain. And this happened over the course of a mere two minutes.

To put that in perspective, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) would need to undergo a 900-point swing to experience a similar move.

In other words, it was a huge intraday move, but a staggering two-minute one. Read more about ETF Periscope: Chinese Flash Crash Reminder That Volatility Lurks Always

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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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Wall Street presently seems to be in a sideways state of mind, with the major indices traveling predominantly horizontal these last couple of weeks. Not a surprise, really, as the news cycle has been relatively tame and the current earnings season largely followed the predicted script.

So for investors, the question is whether the market is consolidating for a push into yet another round of record highs or simply running out of steam and veering towards an inevitable correction. And, with a busy week on tap, the year’s bullish uptrend gets yet another opportunity to be tested, and the consolidation-vs-reversal question gets yet another look. Read more about ETF Periscope: With Eurozone Showing Signs of Life, Should Investors Take Notice?

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You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.” -- Milton Berle

If you are either an investor or trader looking for a good place to put a bet down for 2013, you may not need to look much further than the eurozone.

The first question you may ask is: But in which direction? Read more about ETF Periscope: Last Word on the New Year: Eurozone Remains a Downward Opportunity

daniel / Tag: VGK, EWG, EZU, FEZ, EWL, Eurozone, EU, IMF, Mario Draghi / 0 Comments
30
Jul
2012

QE3, ECB or Bust

Well, perhaps not literally, but it is high time that the Central Banks started following up on their statements with action. How many times have we heard “We will do whatever it takes to…” or “We have a number of choices to make regarding getting the economy going ….”  Can we please do one or two of those things?   Right now, getting Europe back on track is mandatory to avoid a catastrophic dismantlement of the euro.  And with withering domestic economic numbers, it is time for more action and less talk from our Fed Chairman. Read more about QE3, ECB or Bust

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Despite last week’s little rally, April showers have dampened market. While it didn’t build into a torrential downpour, it steadily showered investors with worse-than-expected economic data, including last week’s dreadful Durable Goods Report (-4.2% compared to last month’s +1.9%), continued but minor increases in initial jobless claims throughout April, and a disappointing initial Q1 estimate of GDP (+2.2% compared the previous quarter’s +3.0%). Read more about What the Market Wants: April Showers Dampen Market Rally

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