NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This year has been a hard time for weary investors. They have been holding back on making big stock decisions this year.
Well, now is the time to pay attention to risk factors such as equity volume drop and volatility in the markets being on the rise. When it comes to challenges, there are still economic and global indicators affecting the current market, most recently the World Bank cutting its global growth forecast last week, prompting markets to fall.
What do traders, brokers and people in the market think about stocks rise and fall?
Are we in a schizo market?
Anthony Grisanti, investor, trader at Futures Now and GRZ Energy
Kenny Polcari, NYSE institutional broker, CNBC market analyst
Marco G Pietropoli, wealth manager at RM Wealth Management
Steven Schoenfeld, private investor in asset allocation, indexing, ETFs, Israel and emerging markets
Fred Cowans, chairman and CEO of Wescow
Equity market volatility is back. Stock prices have had a "rise and fall" effect for investors since the 2008 economic crisis.
The VIX (VIX.X), Wall Street's "fear gauge," recently fell to its lowest level since before the financial crisis, which raises red flags for investors. CNNMoney's Fear & Greed index, based on the VIX and several other measures, indicates "extreme greed" in the market.
Volatility in the equity market has increased during the past 13 years. Investors who seek returns for the remainder of this year will have to hone in on a specific company and sector trend and ease off broader equity market gains.
The World Bank reported a weak outlook for the U.S., China and Russia, while addressing emerging markets to fortify economies prior to the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.
"The global economy got off to a bumpy start this year buffeted by poor weather in the United States, financial market turbulence and the conflict in" Ukraine, the World Bank noted. "Despite the early weakness, growth is expected to pick up speed as the year progresses."
The warning from the World Bank suggests higher interest rates, smaller budget deficits and boosting overall productivity.
Are the banks really too big to fail? Less monetary stimulus from central banks could indicate a breakdown for investors. Is this really a serious situation? I think so. Simply put, the banks' job is to lend.
U.S. bond yields fell sharp for the majority of this year, disappointing investors expectations. With prolonged low inflation, U.S. 10-year yield projections have been cut to +3.15% from +3.5%.
A wise way to deter a schizophrenic stock market is by investing in sectors according to the business cycle. The business cycle encompasses cyclical fluctuations ranging from several months or a few years. Investors can follow business performance as a growth approach towards equity market returns and equity sector performance.
At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.
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