She continued, "Since 2009, investors have been conditioned by a constant drumbeat of media headlines and statements from the government and the Federal reserve. 'We're in a booming market! The possibilities are endless! Jump in, the water's warm!' Trading algorithms and traders follow these headlines, reinforcing and bolstering their effects on the market, creating artificial volatility on both the up- and the downside. I've been saying for years that it's time for all of us to get underneath the headlines, do research, think for ourselves, and then make the right decisions to protect our life savings and our financial future. That is more important every day."
However, more and more people are speaking the truth regarding the stock market. Joseph LaVorgna, the Chief U.S. Economist for Deutsche Bank Securities, is beginning to admit that things might not be so great. He recently allowed that with an economy growing as feebly as ours has, for as long as ours has during this business cycle, we are more vulnerable to negative shocks and their impact on the markets. Larry Sumner, who is an economist and former Treasury Secretary, put the chances of recession at 33 percent, and goes further to say that things could get worse if we go to negative interest rates.
"Even with this most recent rally, I think investors should approach this as a stealth bear market," said Dawn Bennett. "If the global and U.S. economies were growing steadily, if demand for goods was high, if companies had strong revenues and earnings, we wouldn't be seeing this kind of volatility. Instead, the economy at home and abroad is lagging, and according to FactSet, a supplier of market data and economic information to investment management groups and investment managers in the banking industry, in the fourth quarter, S&P 500 operating earnings were down 3.7 percent and revenues were down 3.5 percent year over year. As a result, we have a rollercoaster, with the fundamentals struggling with hack-created headlines and creating immense risk and volatility."
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