The following video is part of our "Talking Stocks" series, in which Motley Fool analyst Austin Smith discusses trends from across the investing universe.
In today's edition, Austin looks at why the markets are falling today. Of course, the usual overhang about European pessimism lingers, but now we also have disappointing retail sales figures to chew on, as well as the IMF's revision of global GDP estimates down to 3.9% for 2013 compared to prior estimates of 4.1%. On the Dow, the biggest winner from Friday, JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM ) is actually today's biggest loser. My, how the tables have turned!
But it's still a great time to invest. The Volatility Index (INDEX: ^VIX ) is still less 17, well below some of the peaks we investors have survived over the last few years, and far less than the high-water mark near 45 we hit last August.
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