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November 28, 2016

It’s a myth!

According to WebMD, the amino acid L-Tryptophan is not responsible for Americans’ post-Thanksgiving food coma. The real culprit is overeating. So, last week’s post-feast sleepiness can be blamed on big appetites.

November 7, 2016

Markets hate uncertainty – and that may create opportunities.

Last week, investors experienced another bout of election jitters, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index fell for the ninth straight session.

October 3, 2016

Markets were relatively calm during the third quarter of 2016, yet they delivered some attractive returns overall.

September 26, 2016

As expected…The U.S. Federal Reserve left rates unchanged last week and markets celebrated. Across the globe, national stock market indices finished the week higher. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and NASDAQ gained more than 1 percent.

September 19, 2016

If it’s not one thing, it may be another.

September 12, 2016

Blame it on the central banks!

After 44 consecutive sleepy, summer days when Barron’s reported the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index opened and closed without a 1 percent move in either direction, the index tumbled last week – and so did indices in other markets around the world.

September 6, 2016

Economists and market analysts have been thinking a lot about the Federal Reserve and the actions it may take before the end of 2016. Friday’s employment numbers helped fan the speculative fire. The U.S. Labor Department reported the unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent with 151,000 jobs added during August. 

August 29, 2016

Attention investors: U.S. interest rates may be moving up and it might happen this year. Read More...

August 22, 2016

Last week, Wall Street was speculating about monetary policy with the enthusiasm of commentators trying to predict who will bring home Olympic gold. Read More...

August 15, 2016

How do you measure stock market valuation? Read More...

August 8, 2016

It’s déjà vu all over again! Read More...

July 25, 2016

Like a cool breeze on a hot day, the post-Brexit market rally has soothed investors. Read More...

July 18, 2016

“Start your engines,” was not in the Department of Labor (DOL)’s June Employment Report Summary, but it may as well have been. A positive jobs report revved investor optimism and sent U.S. stock markets sprinting higher last week. Read More...

July 11, 2016

When the yield on 10-year Treasuries finished last week at 1.37 percent, a record closing low, Barron’s called it a Kübler-Ross rally. Read More...

July 5, 2016

Second quarter ended with a spectacular finale of Brexit-inspired market volatility. Read More...

June 27, 2016

SURPRISE! Britain is leaving the European Union (EU) after 40 years of membership. Read More...

June 20, 2016

The world’s stock markets took it on the chin last week. Read More...

June 13, 2016

The British may be leaving. The British may be leaving. Read More...

June 6, 2016

Statistics means never having to say your certain, and that was certainly true last week. Read More...

May 31, 2016

Everyone makes mistakes. Some people learn from them. Read More...

May 16, 2016

When is a door not a door? Read More...

May 9, 2016

Reading economic portents can be tricky. Read More...

May 2, 2016

“Which would you prefer to be: a medieval monarch or a modern office-worker?” Read More...

April 25, 2016

U.S. stock markets finished last week in heady territory. Read More...

April 18, 2016

Isn’t it remarkable that China’s growth is so consistent? Read More...

April 11, 2016

We all learned a thing or two about Panama last week. Read More...

April 4, 2016

It’s like déjà vu all over again! Read More...

March 28, 2016

Are corporations in the United States struggling? Read More...

March 21, 2016

There is ongoing debate about whether markets behave in rational ways. Read More...

March 14, 2016 

Stim-u-late mar-kets! Come on! It’s monetary easing. Read More...

March 7, 2016

When Mark Twain’s death was reported in the United States Read More...

February 29, 2016

It wasn’t as entertaining as the Fantastic Four, The Magnificent Seven, or Ocean’s 11 Read More...

February 22, 2016

And the economic data says… Read More...

February 16, 2016

Are markets suffering from excessive worry? Read More...

February 8, 2016

There was bad news and good news in last Friday’s unemployment report. Read More...

February 1, 2016

How low can you go? Read More...

January 25, 2016

Investors breathed a sigh of relief last week when U.S. stock markets recovered from a tumble toward bear market territory Read More...

January 19, 2016

We all have our pet peeves, and if there is one thing markets do NOT like, it is uncertainty. Unfortunately, we entered 2016 Read More...

January 11, 2016

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) started the New Year with a downward currency adjustment and fireworks followed. Read More...

January 4, 2016

Investing in U.S. stock markets during 2015 was a bit like riding a mechanical bull. Markets jolted up and down but, once the year ended, investors were almost where they had started. Read More...

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