What the drop in the market means for stocks (and the economy)

Stephen Gandel
February 5, 2014

The recent stock sell off has people once again freaked out about the market. But perhaps it shouldn’t.

CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed Index is now again in extreme fear territory. A month ago, the gauge of investor sentiment was stuck on greed.

The conventional wisdom is that the sell off will be short-lived. The economy is strong. The stock market, which was up more than 30% as measured by the S&P 500 last year, had gotten a little ahead of itself. Investors were looking to take profits. So when troubles in emerging markets came along, that lit a spark over what was already dry wood.

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