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...
Markets… Always Forward, Never Straight

Markets… Always Forward, Never Straight

Higher Probability of FED Increase… and Markets Rise? Anyone looking at U.S. stock market performance for the last week might assume it was a pretty quiet week. They would be wrong. It was a very bouncy week. U.S. stock markets moved lower on Monday, rebounded...
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...
Markets Come To Terms With Rising Rates

Markets Come To Terms With Rising Rates

The Markets Financial markets were remarkably calm last week, finally seeming to come to terms with rising rates. Many stock markets in the United States, Europe, and Asia moved higher as investors chose to focus their attention on the minutes of the October 27-28,...
The Markets Love Central Banks

The Markets Love Central Banks

Central banks were at it again – and markets loved it. Last week, European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi surprised markets when he indicated the ECB’s governing council was considering cutting interest rates and engaging in another round of quantitative...
Is America’s Growth Slowing

Is America’s Growth Slowing

The United States was The Little Engine That Could during 2014. We added three million jobs, unemployment fell to 5.6 percent, and GDP grew by 2.4 percent for the year. Unfortunately, despite the contentions of the San Francisco Federal Reserve’s report, we appear to...

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