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Financial Sense - Thought of the Week

The Federal Open Market Committee decided to maintain its policy rate during last week’s meeting. Many economists guessed that the Committee would raise rates for the first time in almost ten years after months of rhetoric from the Fed indicated that its dual mandate of maximum employment and stable prices had been sufficiently met.

Financial Sense - Our 2nd Flash Crash

It was not quite 4 years in the making, but the S&P 500 finally had a true “correction” on August 24th when the market declined over 12% from its May high. We have pointed out in prior notes that corrections are a healthy and natural process for equity markets. Market corrections are like pruning your rose bushes -- every now and then you need to trim off the old growth so that new, more vibrant growth can occur.

Keeping All This Volatility in Perspective

These recent ups & downs are reminiscent of past Wall Street swings.




Provided by James and Teresa Yent



Fall might be anything but calm on Wall Street. Volatility is back, in a big way: the CBOE VIX has risen more than 105% since the end of July. Additionally, 11 of the 15 trading days ending September 9 were “all or nothing” days in which more than 80% of the S&P 500 moved either higher or lower. In the last 25 years, the index has not had a 15-day period like this.1,2

The Long Ascent of the S&P 500

The index has overcome obstacle after obstacle through the years.


Provided by Jim Yent


No one knows what will happen tomorrow on Wall Street. Even the most esteemed analysts can only make educated guesses. As the old saying goes: past performance is not indicative of future results.

Financial Sense - Stock Market Has 1st 10% Correction Since 2011
FYI: as I am typing, (Friday, August 21st at 3:30 p.m.) the S&P 500 is at 2006, 7.5% from it’s high of 2134. When equity markets pullback 5% or more they are called “mini-corrections” and they occur quite frequently. Here are some recent 5% pullback stats (source: Dorsey Wright).