Wikipedia defines anxiety as an emotion characterised by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behaviour, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat, whereas anxiety is the expectation of a future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalised and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.
Anxiety-like fear is an emotion that is totally useless when it comes to trading the markets. In fact, one could argue that they are almost the same thing. An anxious person worries about events they cannot see but they are highly capable of creating a mountain of a molehill. Fear is usually based on something tangible but anxiety is based on something that is not real. Both these emotions are destructive and should be avoided at all costs. The Anxiety Index allows the astute trader to use this data to gain an edge in the financial markets.
Sentiment Trader: Market Sentiment Helps Identify the Markets TrendThe Tactical Investor is the only financial site to maintain such an Index. It took years to develop and is based on data that we personally collect. We don’t have to rely on second-hand data that might be tainted as we control the data. We are continually fine-tuning our data collection protocols. The latest development includes an AI (artificial intelligence component) which scours the net for keywords and phrases. The phrases are then ranked and given values ranging from 0-100.