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Central Bankers and the Markets: A Worrisome Correlation in Confidence

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As our confidence falls, perceptions of uncertainty prevail -- including our perceptions of the strength of policymakers.

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As policymakers contemplate the road ahead, they would be wise to focus on investor's perceptions of the Federal Reserve's willingness and ability to act and the market's assessment of the effectiveness of further policy actions. Any reluctance by the market to further front run the FOMC may be an indicator of a much broader overall decline in market confidence. And as confidence goes, so goes the market.

Peter Atwater's groundbreaking book "Moods and Markets" is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

"Peter Atwater brilliantly provides a framework for understanding both the socioeconomic hubris that led to the great credit bubble of the past decade and the dark social-psychological hangover that has resulted from its collapse. In so doing, he offers an invaluable guide to what promises to be a very difficult and turbulent period ahead as we experience what he calls the 'me, here, and now' behavioral tendencies of the post-crash world." -Sherle R. Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation


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