Editor's note: Originally published on July 15, 2014
As a general rule, I am a relatively laid back guy… I don't yell, I don't lose my temper and I avoid sensationalism. I'll always give you my pure, honest take on the markets (without sugarcoating anything), but normally, I try not to get too animated.
However, today I'm very concerned with the stock market. In fact, I'll go on record as saying that the second half of 2014 could wind up being devastating for most conventional investors. Most "normal" investors have been lulled to sleep by the relative calm of the market. The blue chip indices (namely the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average) have experienced some of the lowest levels of volatility seen in years and years. For weeks and weeks, these indices have routinely hit new highs with very few (and