Markets were initially nervously quiet and volatile, volatility the result of considerable anxiety surrounding the constant headlines of war and disease, possible slowing global growth, monetary policy uncertainty, all amplified by the lack of leadership.  The popular averages were relatively unchanged before the Canadian shooting,...

How much of today’s volatility is the result of the election?  Many times I have opined the averages decline 5% to 20% in a midterm because of uncertainty.  If one is to believe the polls, there will be a change of power in the Senate....

Will everyone now become an armchair technical analyst?  I have opined several times it appears market trading has been co-opted by the machines.  To hell with earnings and valuations as it is now all about trend lines and moving averages....

It is getting really ugly.  Oil has been decimated down over 23% since its June apex.  In many regards it looks like oil futures are in a complete collapse as Brent crude is at the lowest level since December 2010....