Wall Street seems to be in a bit of a holding pattern, not quite sure which way to go as it ponders how to respond to the possibility of another war, a domestic economy that seems to sputter out with regularity, and the inevitability of a tapering off of the massive bond-buying program that has goosed the equity market to record highs.

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“Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.” -- Alfred Austin

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ETF Periscope: Oil Speculators Get Spanked. Or Did They?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Persicope

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” -- Buddha

Watching crude oil take a serious plunge this week gave motorists a reason to cheer, but left oil traders with a strong, queasy feeling.

Well, at least some of them.

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Are the Markets About to Slip in the Greece?

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Slick Trade for a Sideways Market

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.” -- Aristotle Onassis

Blame it on Libya.

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Markets Slip and Slide on an Oily Sheen

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.” -- George Bernard Shaw

The equity markets are poised for the next leg up of their recent bull run.

Oh, wait.

The markets are about to be slammed down back to the Stone Age.

Are the Markets Draped in the Emperor’s New Clothes?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” -- Mark Twain

What exactly are the equity markets on, anyway?

Sheik, Rattle and Roil: Markets at a Crossroads

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” --  Henry David Thoreau

It has taken a force of nature to knock the geo-political turmoil of the Mideast from the forefront of the financial community’s radar screen.