It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” -- Winston Churchill

With the US equity markets hitting new highs on what seems a daily basis as of late, investors may be forgiven if they haven’t been tracking the European economy as closely as they had in the recent past, when the Eurozone seemed to be in perpetual crisis mode.

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought.” -- Basho

While investors may be getting a stiff neck looking up at the recent string of new market highs, they might soon look back wistfully at that minor level of discomfort as compared to the one they experience once the market dips low enough to touch the actual economy.

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The Eurozone has mainly been off the virtual front page of the financial section for the majority of the year to date. And for investors who may be wondering what all the quiet is about, wonder no more. For the moment at least, the single-currency union has been playing nice and may offer investors an opportunity to jump back into the water, or at least stick in a toe.

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You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.” -- Milton Berle

If you are either an investor or trader looking for a good place to put a bet down for 2013, you may not need to look much further than the eurozone.

The first question you may ask is: But in which direction?

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

Wall Street inarguably had what turned out to be a rather rough week, experiencing two days of a sharp, post-election sell-off that surely put the Bulls on high alert.

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“Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” --  Ernest Hemingway

One is left to wonder if European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi intended to move the markets when he proclaimed that “he would do whatever it takes to save the euro.”  It is somehow hard to believe that someone who serves as head of arguably the second most important central bank on the planet would not be cognizant of how his words would impact global investors in such volatile times. 

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"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” --Stephen Hawking

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“One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” -- Henry Miller

Investors seemed to have regained their collective mojo, powering the S&P 500 Index (SPX) back up to the 1400 mark for the first time in three weeks. The upward move by SPX was fueled mostly by better-than-expected first quarter earnings, which increased the bottom line for the benchmark index by 1.8% on the week.

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Let Sleeping PIIGS Lie

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces.” ~ William Shakespeare

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