Some days we really have no clue as to what made the market move as it did, but nothing bothers us more than not knowing the reasons for everything.
We tend to like neat little answers and no untied bundles.
It starts early in life when we begin to ask the dreaded “Why?” question.
We want answers at an early stage in life even when we have no capacity to understand those answers. We also often make the mistake of querying the wrong people to answer those questions, simply on the basis of their ready availability and familiarity.
Those on the receiving end of questions usually feel some obligation to provide an answer even if poorly equipped to do so.
While the market has now gone into a 9 consecutive day decline, it seems only natural to wonder why that’s been happening and of course, some people, have to offer their expert explanation.
It is of course understandable that the question is posed, as earnings haven’t been terrible and neither have economic data. Yet, a 9 day decline hasn’t happened since 1980 and has taken the market into a stealth 5% decline.