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The Risk Fire is Burning and There is Plenty More Fuel

The Risk Fire is Burning and There is Plenty More Fuel

John Kicklighter, Chief Strategist

Talking Points:

• Stocks opened the week under heavy selling, and this time the pressure stretched further to other assets

• The 'risk aversion' move seems to be deepening with 'fear' dictating the move rather than isolated flare ups

• So long as officials don't step in, there is plenty more notional and thematic leverage to work off

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Speculators picked up where they left off at the end of last week: unloading 'risky' positions hand over fist. As this deleveraging effort continues, we are seeing it stretch wider and deeper. Rather than pockets of abrupt selling pressure or certain assets that have come down with the selling pressure, it is becoming more of a universal effort to exit exposure taken for market-beating returns. However, we have yet to make that transition from selling down on highly leveraged positions to full sell off to flee to absolute safe havens to protect capital. So, while volatility and selling in benchmarks was extreme, there is far more fuel to feed the fires throughout the financial system. Where are the leaders and laggards to watch for intensity and trade opportunity? That is the discussion in today's Trading Video.

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