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Has the world turned upside down?

Has the world turned upside down?  This week the media seized on the occurrence of an “inverted” Treasury yield curve which happens when yields on…

A few words can go a long way

  A few words can go a long way when the equity market is this anxious.  There are four key issues overhanging equity market sentiment…

“Art of the Deal”

There is no part of the world left untouched by the “art of the deal.”  Look no further than the United Kingdom whose Prime Minister…

Take your pick

Take your pick.  On any given day, there are many bits of information both good and bad that become available and the interpretation is driven…

Markets are always changing

Markets are always changing.  As an investor, we must constantly survey the financial landscape to identify risks and opportunities to ensure we hold the highest…

The tide has turned

The tide has turned. This week, the yield on the 10 year maturity US Treasury moved decisively above 3% to rest at 3.2% on Friday’s…

It was pretty well telegraphed

It was pretty well telegraphed. This week the Federal Reserve raised the target rate range to 2.0-2.25% in a move that was widely expected.  While…

Technology has changed the way we live

It is not a stretch to say that technology has fundamentally changed the way we live.  Not only changing the mode of communication (phones, email,…

There are always two sides to every story

There are always two sides to every story.  You have to see the perspectives of both sides to understand a situation and to anticipate what…

“Time and tide wait for no man.”

“Time and tide wait for no man.”  It is a saying which has found its way through history albeit with uncertain provenance.  The list of…

So what else is new?

So what else is new?  For all the talk on trade, there is more going on in the US economy than just that. The further…

Isn’t that a peach?

  Isn’t that a peach?  In this week’s news, the legal drama of two of President Trump’s campaign associates separately reached conclusions which leads them…

Let’s talk Turkey…because at this point it seems that everyone else has!

Let’s talk Turkey…because at this point it seems that everyone else has!  The old quote from Hemingway is applicable here.  In the novel The Sun…

Everything takes time

  Everything takes time.  The mainstream financial world has always been deliberate (read that as slow) to adopt new investment paradigms into practice.  While academia…

Is the season changing?

  Is the season changing?  It has been a remarkable streak since the recovery began after the financial crisis almost ten years ago when “growth”…

Are we talking about zero?

Are we talking about zero?  Zero tariffs that is.  In this week’s episode of the US versus the World trade saga, the US and European…

Europe is a dollar short

European equity markets are a dollar short this year.  A US Dollar (USD) short to be specific.  The STOXX 600 index (the European equivalent of…

It’s about the people.

It’s about the people. So much of our attention as investors centers on issues like trade or monetary policy which have real effects on economies…

Are financial markets flashing a red light to policy makers?

Are financial markets flashing a red light to policy makers? That is what investors are wondering this week as two major central banks announced actions….

Is it going to be a gusher?

Is it going to be a gusher?  One of the expected outcomes of the tax cut legislation passed last year was that US corporations who…

Let’s get to work!

Let’s get to work!  Friday’s employment report was stronger than expected with US payrolls increasing by an estimated 223,000 jobs in the month of May. …

(Kim Jong) Un Again, Off Again

This week saw quick reversals on the North Korean front as the anticipated summit was canceled as unexpectedly as it was set only to be…

Act now, supplies are running out!

Act now, supplies are running out!  While you most often hear that phrase during a late night television commercial (if you are still watching network…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The old saying rings true not only for aesthetics, but also for whether people find an action…

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you!  Unknown to many, today is unofficially celebrated as Star Wars Day in honor of the worldwide pop culture phenomenon…

Don’t call it a comeback!

“Don’t call it a comeback!”  That classic line from the 1990 song Mama Said Knock You Out by American musician LL Cool J comes to…

Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows!

Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows!  Watching the macro news flow, it certainly feels like a merry-go-round traveling a bit too…

It’s getting noisy in here.

It’s getting noisy in here.  The beating drum of trade conflict gets louder as there is another day and another tariff.  It seems the Trump…

The US government just took a bite out of the FANGs

The US government just took a bite out of the FANGs.  Following the serious privacy concerns raised at Facebook, it is now squarely in the…

It’s the running of the bulls!

It’s the running of the bulls!  No, not the one in Pamplona in July.  This stampede happened on Wall Street this week as jitters took…

Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef? Not many people in today’s markets may remember that catchphrase from a 1984 commercial for American fast food chain Wendy’s.  The question…

Are we going to trade more than jabs?

Are we going to trade more than jabs? That is what the markets (and the world) are starting to wonder as this week the Trump…

Surprise! Earnings are good and valuations are better.

Surprise! Fourth quarter results have been reported by roughly 80% of the S&P 500 and so far they are good. With 412 companies reporting (as…

Were our fears inflated?

Were our fears inflated? Nothing like a little play on words to end the week. You might think we are referring to the equity market…

It’s my party and I will cry if I want to…

“It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want too…Cry if I want to….You would cry too if it happened to you!”  You can almost…

Is it hot in here, or is it just the bond market?

Is it hot in here, or is it just the bond market?  I remember a time when generating jobs was a good thing.  Apparently, we…

Buy American!

Buy American!  That is the message that President Trump and his economic team are broadcasting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. …

Reading into the breakout a bit too much.

  They are calling it a “breakout” which is hard to say with a straight-face in the context of still secularly low interest rates. That…

Resolving to be worth more than a Continental.

2017 has been a year of significant financial, political, social, and natural events too numerous to recount.  These events caused us to witness both the…

We are all a little “taxed out.”

  The year is quickly coming to a close, but that does not mean it will necessarily be boring.  Spurred by the loss of a…