The above introductory comments are edited excerpts from an article* by Andrew Nyquist (seeitmarket.com) entitled 10 Reasons Investor Confusion Reigns Supreme In 2014.

The following article is presented courtesy of Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!),  and www.FinancialArticleSummariesToday.com (A site for sore eyes and inquisitive minds) and has been edited, abridged and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.

Nyquist goes on to say in further edited excerpts:

Considering the way the markets behaved during the first half of the year, it should come as no surprise that there are high levels of investor confusion surrounding the near-term direction (and theme) of the markets.

On a day-to-day basis, investor sentiment ranges from a head scratch to a high five to you gotta be kidding me.  Several technical and fundamental indicators have flashed caution to no avail and this has given way to an uncomfortable tension beneath the surface as investors try to find answers while keeping pace with performance.

Below are 10 such mixed signals:

1.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) and the Small Caps have severely underperformed all year.

RUT-SPX underperformance chart 2014

2.  Emerging Markets (EEM) have performed in line (up 7.0% YTD).

3.  Bond yields have dropped and are depressed across several developed countries…and high yield/junk bonds have been gobbled up like candy.

4.  The Euro is falling. The U.S. Dollar is flat.

5.  The Regional Banks Index (KRE) has traded sideways in a wide range.

6.  U.S 1st quarter GDP was negative and the U.S. economy continues to slog along.

7.  Crude Oil is over $100/barrel.

light crude oil spot price chart 2014

8.  The Utilities Sector (XLU) is up 12.2% not including dividends.

9.  The Volatility Index (VIX) put on a 10-handle and is currently clocking in at 12.

vix volatility chart investor confusion

10.  Geopolitical drama is becoming a bigger concern.  From the Syrian civil war…to the Russia-Ukraine tensions…to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…major super powers are beginning to stir.

Today, the S&P 500 briefly touched new all-time highs and closed less than one percent off the momentous milestone of 2000.

For those keeping score at home, near-term risk is rising in the market place, and so are equities. Invest accordingly.

Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.

*http://www.seeitmarket.com/10-reasons-investor-confusion-2014-13686/ (© 2014 See It Market. All rights reserved.)

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