Jobless Claims and GDP

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The market was initially under pressure yesterday, primary due to the very weak Italian bond. However, as the trading session progressed, the US markets began to rebound and make back much of the intraday losses. The quarter is coming to an end and that could further boost the market for quarter-end marking. Then we jump Read more…

Fed’s FOMC Meeting

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The market saw significant intra-day volatility. The initial knee jerk reaction was one of panic and it clearly showed how even the most remote and localized story can have ripple effects across the global markets. We have become numb to the billions and trillions in bailouts and, so far, printing money and paying off the Read more…

A Nation Divided – Small Business

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The market had some follow through yesterday and continues to tick higher as implied volatility ticks lower. However, as the market is going higher, how are small business doing? The VIX is now down below 12, the lowest levels since 2007 (pre-crisis). Based on options premium, via the VIX, any volatile event or expectations are Read more…

Free Markets – are they Free?

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One would think that after Friday’s Labor Report came in far better than expected, from showing more jobs creation to a dropping unemployment rate, the Free Markets would rally strongly. While the headline numbers did look good, some of the data inside the report showed some stagnation so it was hard to ascertain if it Read more…

Sequester and Economic Data

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We continue to face bipolar market conditions as the Sequester looms. On one hand, we have some stable fundamental growth in the emerging markets and, while it is economically anemic in this nation, it is not getting worse. Couple this with artificially low interest rates in treasuries and it translates to a strong equities market. Read more…

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