Does High Volatility Always Follow Low Volatility

Does High Volatility Always Follow Low Volatility

 It’s déjà vu all over again! The Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, tracks the prices of options on the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index. Since options often are used to hedge portfolio risk, the VIX is...
Who Is To Blame For Volatility?

Who Is To Blame For Volatility?

Who’s the culprit? No one knows. Speculating on who or what is to blame for recent market weakness is a popular pastime right now. Last week, Barron’s said the search for someone to blame is a lot like a game of Clue. So far, the most common conclusions are “the...
More Oil = Lower Prices

More Oil = Lower Prices

More Oil = Lower Prices – Our Weekly Perspective For January 5th, 2015 “…bubbling crude; oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.” The decline in oil prices accelerated during the fourth quarter of 2014. The main culprit was a supply and demand imbalance. Increased...

Weekly Perspective, July 1, 2013

The Markets Soothing words from Federal Reserve Bank officials helped settle investors’ fears last week, and U.S. stock markets moved higher. The Dow Jones Industrials Average was up 0.7 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 0.9 percent, and the...

Weekly Perspective, January 23, 2012

The Markets We’re only three weeks into the New Year and already some very interesting trends have developed in the markets. Consider these four: The worst performing stocks in 2011 have been the best performing in 2012. Bespoke Investment Group did an analysis...

Weekly Perspective, August 29, 2011

The Markets Like wanderers in the desert, investors breathed a sigh of relief when an oasis appeared last week. After Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech, the Dow Jones Industrial Index posted its first weekly gain in more than a month, finishing at 11,284,...