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Volatility is all About Liquidity

The S&P 500 tried to pull back yesterday, but as usual the late day trading pushed the loss to just 65 bps. This has become the normal market. In 2012, volatility puttered at 12.77%. In 2013 it fizzled down to 11.07%. YTD we have crept up to 11.73%. These metrics tell you to expect daily gains and losses to be +/- .75%. Very Exciting.

Long-term Complacency

If you have been watching market news over the last few months, there have been plenty of articles talking about how low the VIX has gotten and how we are back to levels not seen since 2007 or earlier. What they do not talk about is how the VIX is extremely short sighted.

Anyone See a Correlation?

I have been told that China is slowing down. I have been told that with the US Fed tapering, some money is being drained out of the Emerging Markets and going to the United States. I have been told that the Emerging Markets will have reduced competitiveness that will benefit the United States.

GMO Calls for Another Ugly Decade of Equity Returns

Unlike the investment banks that prioritize making money off of their clients, GMO seems to think making smart investment decisions is the more important job. On an annual basis GMO releases their 7 year forecasts for different asset classes. Most recently they released a rather uninspiring forecast that puts US equities as one of the least attractive: