Without the help of any particularly bad news announcements, the stock market fell hard today, August 4th, with Dow Jones Industrial Average down nearly 513 points.
We moved our bond money back into markets during the first of the week just before the debt problem was fixed. Yes, Washington just kicked the can down the road and did not fix the problem, but they did enough that the markets should have been happy for now. However, look what is happening?
I have checked the Yield curve, oil prices and transportationals and only the transportationals show any signs of a problem.
I am not sure what is causing the current problem, except Washington’s dragging out the debt crisis and other problems like the air traffic control problem. Washington may have spooked the world by their ineptitude and lack of understanding of what goes on in the real world. Congress and the Senate went on vacation while the U.S. Markets (Roman) burns.
Every year the stock markets have a 10% or 15% correction. We had a 10% correction caused by the Japanese Tsunami. I had hope that would be the only one this year. However we are down 10% this week, during a period of time that we should be going up? It feels like October 1987?
Stay tuned for tomorrow!