The Day Ahead: Firecrackers

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful and safe July Fourth. On the day, we are supposed to celebrate our independence from Big Mother, but just remember that our financial independence is being attacked by bad-suit-wearing geeks in old D.C. buildings. In the words of my former high school crush, Alanis Morissette, "Isn't it ironic?"

Anyway, I am usually first in line to identify when something smells like rotting fish in the market. For instance, the two sessions this week have closed well off the highs of the day. On Monday, who knows why this occurred? On Tuesday, it was attributed to Egypt and random rumors by those seeking external approval. The point is that markets are living, breathing organisms that are now operating on steroids (machine trading, free Fed money), and therefore they could turn on the drop of a dime for no fundamental reason at all....410 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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