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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Nothing like a 300-point swing to light up the volatility index. That’s pretty much what happened last Friday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) started the day with a nice little 70-point gain in the morning.

From that point on, however, investors seemed to lose their appetite for equities, as the Dow trended steadily downward for the remainder of the day. Steadily, that is, until the last 15 minutes of the trading session, when a sharp drop ensued as sellers proceeded without any noticeable resistance into the close.
  Read more about ETF Periscope: Bears Eye Recent VIX Pop With Considerable Interest

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Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.” -- Henry Miller 

Last week’s market action might be seen as an indication that the Bulls may be wavering in their conviction to some degree, as volatility in the market gained traction over the last three days of the week. Read more about ETF Periscope: Jumpy VIX Could Signal It’s Time For Investors to Take Summer Break

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Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. “   -- Will Rogers


Read more about ETF Periscope: Volatile Is As Volatile Does

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“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
Winston Churchill

The last several market days have been nothing if not a white-knuckle thrill ride. Wherever you stood in the markets last Thursday, a queasy feeling was guaranteed if you happened to be watching the Dow’s plunge down the thousand-point abyss. It snapped back like a bungee cord, and the final three hundred-point loss almost felt like a win. Read more about ETF Periscope: Coney Island State of Mind

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