Last Updated Nov 4, 2010 2:41 PM EDT
This announcement from the Federal Reserve came yesterday while the stock market was still open. I think the AP is implying that it took a day for the markets to really digest this information.
Is this plausible? Well, in the days of supercomputers making thousands of trades a second and causing wide volatility like we saw in the flash crash, pardon me if I'm a bit more than skeptical.
Media stock market handbook?
I suspect that most market reporters think along the lines of the following:
- Market surges - attribute gain to good news or spin a release to make it look good.
- Market plummets - attribute loss to bad news or spin a release to make it look bad.
Pay no attention to the media
The media merely gives consumers what they want to hear. In reality, they create a false sense of confidence in understanding the movements of a market that makes fools of us all the time. Accept that it is smarter than we are, and you've taken the first step toward long-term successful investing.