Fourth Quarter Review…

Fourth Quarter Review…

FOURTH QUARTER REVIEW… The Federal Reserve pulled the trigger. At the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the Fed finally acted, tightening monetary policy by raising the funds rate from 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent. It’s important to remember the Fed...
2016 Brings A Market Rout

2016 Brings A Market Rout

2016 Begins With A market rout Gut Punch The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) started the New Year with a downward currency adjustment and fireworks followed. Last week, three distinct issues affected China’s stock market. First, the PBOC’s devaluation of the yuan...
LOOKING BACK at 2015

LOOKING BACK at 2015

Oh, The Joys of Looking Back at 2015. Each week, ‘The Economist Explains’ blog expounds on subjects ranging from current events to economics, from philosophical or scientific issues to everyday oddities. Let’s take a quick look at a few of its headlines during 2015:...
Markets Move Up and Down

Markets Move Up and Down

The Markets Move Up and Down, The News Cycle Never Ends American markets were relatively quiet during Thanksgiving week but there were fireworks in China’s markets. Late in the week, media outlets reported the China Securities Regulatory Commission was conducting...
Q3 Was A Humdinger

Q3 Was A Humdinger

Well, Q3 Was A Humdinger. It began with the first International Monetary Fund (IMF) default by a developed country (Greece) and finished with Hurricane Joaquin possibly headed toward the east coast. In between, China’s stock market tumbled, the Federal Reserve tried...
Emerging Market Travails

Emerging Market Travails

Emerging Market Travails Just a few years ago, emerging markets were the toast of the town. In general, emerging countries recovered much faster than developed countries following the financial crisis and global recession. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index delivered...

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