Just a quick note: despite all the red on your screens, the selling
seems to be on rather modest volume. That suggests more of a buyers
strike than a heavy distribution day. Both the advance/decline line and the
up/down volume are modestly lower — not particularly nasty — also.
Remember that most of the European Bourses are closed for Easter Monday (I believe some are closed tomorrow also).
On a somewhat related note, on Cody Willard’s blog,
he discusses the futility of trying to game the Fed on a day to day
basis. That’s an excellent point — not only for the Fed, but for most
economic data. The broader economy is marvelously complex, and its
oscillations and cycles unfold over periods of quarters and years –
Unfortunately, us humans have a hard time operating on longer time
scales. Days and weeks are easy; years and decades are almost
impossible . . .
That’s the conclusion of a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. EBRI determined that more than half of workers saving for retirement have less than $50,000 put away; Other employees are counting on employer-provided benefits in retirement that are increasingly unavailable.
Here’s the WSJ’s overview:
"Despite recent moves by large companies to freeze pensions and
chip away at retiree-health benefits, Americans remain confident — if
dangerously naïve — about their retirement prospects, according to new
Many workers are counting on traditional pension plans to pay
their bills in retirement, even though such plans are fast disappearing. Only
40% of working couples currently are covered by pension plans, but nearly
two-thirds of surveyed workers — 61% — expect to get income from such a plan
in retirement, according to the Retirement Confidence Survey, scheduled for
release today by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a Washington
nonprofit, and others.
The responses in the survey, conducted annually for the past 16
years, reflect few worries about the spreading curtailment of pension plans.
Twenty-four percent of the survey’s participants said that they are very
confident that they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement –
virtually the same number as last year — and 44% of those surveyed said they
are somewhat confident about their financial prospects in later life, an
increase of four percentage points from last year."
See table below for more details . . .
Workers’ Views On Retirement May Be Too Rosy
WSJ, April 4, 2006; Page D2