The Consumer vs. the Stock Market

The stock market exists because of the consumer. GDP is based on the consumer for two-thirds of its activity. And it’s a symbiotic relationship. Consumers rely on the stock market to assess changes in their income and their futures. We all know both factors are...

Is a Recession Looming?

Is a recession on the horizon? Nobody knows for sure. In fact, even the experts disagree. A recent opinion piece in Market Watch suggests fears of a recession are overblown: “The employment report is just the latest of many signs saying what ought to be pretty...

The Thin Line between Uncertainty and Fear

In an information environment world where we try to predict everything from the weather to the name of the unborn princess of England, why is it that the stock market is still so unpredictable? The factors that influence the stock market are all largely quantifiable –...

What’s Really Behind the Extreme Market Swings

This post was written by Bill Lattyak, VP/Director, Analytics. Over this past week, a clear case of news volatility – not necessarily facts – is driving uncertainty to extreme swings in the markets and short-term risk decisions. The danger is that the inability to...