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VIX, Not the Cold or Flu Remedy, But a Poor Measure of Market Volatility

When you hear someone say VIX, don’t confuse it with Vick’s, the brand that brings you "The Nighttime Sniffling Sneezing Coughing Aching Stuffy Head Fever So You Can Rest Medicine.”

VIX is the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular measure of near-term volatility of S&P 500 index options. It is often referred to as the fear index and it represents one measure of the anticipated stock market volatility over the next 30-day period.

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The Certainty of Uncertainty and its Financial Implications.

Life is full of uncertainty.  We as humans crave certainty, but life doesn’t offer it to us.

Over the past decade, I’ve heard lots of concerns about the economy and stock market.  And, we’ve been constantly reminded that what lies ahead is uncertain.

The headlines are filled with "Market Falls on …Recession Concerns …Unemployment Report …Gridlock in the Capital.”  “The Markets Rally on … Jobs Report …Earnings Surprise … Fed Rate Cut.”  Take your pick.  The possibilities are endless.

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Mr. Bubble or the US Stock Market

The continued annual rise of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ highlights the dynamic nature of the U.S. economy.  The U.S. market goes from near collapse in 2008 to record highs in 2015.

People are in disbelief about the ascent of the stock market.  And, this leads us to the key question: Are we in bubble territory?

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Bulls and Bubbles and Records…Oh My

Several times a week for the last three or four years, I’ve heard too many people commenting that we’re in a market bubble and headed for a correction.

While I agree there will be a market correction at some point—just like there have been for hundreds of years, no one knows for sure when it’s going to happen.

For anyone who listened to the naysayers’ rantings about a bubble and pulled money out of the markets, they’ve missed out on one of the greatest bull markets in U.S. history.

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Top Sector Picks of 2015- Midyear Update

Earlier this year I wrote about the 2015 Sector Predictions made by the highest profile investment strategists on Wall Street. Here is a chart of their collective predictions as published in Barron’s on December 15, 2014.

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