Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fifty-Eight Days and Counting

Prior to today’s opening bell, futures contracts on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) indicated the index was set to open lower by nearly one-percent. However, the SPX rallied for most of the day to close lower by 0.41% to 1964.68. … Continue reading

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Notable Economic Releases: July 7 – July 11

Monday, July 7, 2014: 08:30 AM ET Gallup US Consumer Spending Measure (June) Tuesday, July 8, 2014: 07:30 AM ET NFIB Small Business Optimism Index (June) Wednesday, July 9, 2014: 02:00 PM ET FOMC Minutes (June) Thursday, July 10, 2014: … Continue reading

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A Calm, Above Average June

June 2014 marks the third lowest month of realized volatility for the S&P 500 Index during June since 1950. The graph above plots the returns (x-axis) and realized volatility (y-axis) for the 65 months of June since 1950. The “above … Continue reading

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