Europe Volatility?

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The market seems to be holding at these low support levels for now. The heighten concern in the tit-for-tat battle between Russia and the US does not seem to have a large economic impact for now, but that could always change. In the interim, it makes for some charged geopolitical media watching; however I believe Read more…

Market Bounce?

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Last week was a wild ride. In my conclusion on Friday we were not heading into a full correction just yet, there is just nowhere to go with your money at this point. Plus we have not seen an economic catalyst event (see Friday’s conclusion). The Fed’s FOMC statement while recognizing that inflation was on Read more…

Putin’s Rhetoric

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As we hover and wait for either a break-out rally or a crack-down below support, the Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin are grabbing headlines. While the situation in the Ukraine may seem like it’s in some far off place, it does have a direct impact on the domestic financial markets, so we must pay Read more…

Vague Fed and Volatile Ukraine

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Market action is certainly at odds and seems to have stalled. On one hand, the narrower based and highly watched indices (Dow Jones and S&P 500) have stalled since late February and are moving sideways in a choppy market. Meanwhile, the tech heavy NDX has seen bigger volatility with a significant drop back down to Read more…

Waiting Game

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Leading indicator? Is it the Dow Jones and S&P 500 that have held supports and look like we might bounce higher OR is it the broader based Russell and tech heavy NDX that have broken below supports? The VIX has not been a good indicator of late for those searching for a sign of optimism Read more…

Breakout Rally?

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The Fed and geopolitical situations continue to be the daily volatility driver into the market. Yellen’s gaff in the Q&A session sent the market down sharply and yesterday the President stated that a military option is off the table with Ukraine, sending the market up sharply. All this shows how jittery and reliant the markets Read more…

Crimea a River

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The concern heading into the weekend was the Crimea Referendum. Putin and Russia were warned that there would be consequences if the referendum passed. Meanwhile, back in the US, the market awaits the Fed meeting and Yellen’s statements to see if there will be any change to the current monetary policy. Expect some volatility (up Read more…

A Lesson from Grandpa

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The market fell apart yesterday, but, lest we forget, things can certainly change on a dime. There was no single news story that drove panic into the market. Some of the media blamed data that came out of China, others blamed the Ukrainian situation, and others blamed Marc Faber who called for a correction. I Read more…

Don’t Poke the Bear!

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It looks like the rally has lost some steam. We should never expect anything to go straight up, so look for a slight contraction in the equity markets in the coming days. There is some support, so will this be a good time to buy? We have the FOMC meeting coming up (March 18-19) and Read more…

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