Articles tagged "perception"

The first month of the New Year has witnessed global equity indexes rising across the board. Are we in a "risk acceptance" mode with global traders? On the face of equity futures performance, the answer is a resounding "yes." S&P 500 is up 4.52% in 2012. Cumulative volume, as examined by economist Doug Short, is down 21.6% compared to the first 12 days of trading in 2011.

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What does it mean to be objective when looking at the market? No matter how smart you are, what you see in the market (or are willing to see) is a function of your own personal filter. We all see the market through a personal lens. This lens is constructed of beliefs, hopes, fears, etc.

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For reasons why this market is on pins and needles with everyone seeming to abandon the desire to hold stocks, please consult past articles. In brief, global central bank action failed to reflate the economy, has driven inflation, has created asset bubbles, and created the most precarious financial solvency issues the global market has faced since the Great Depression and end of both World Wars. Sound dramatic? It is dramatic.

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