All Investors Are Consumers, but Not All Consumers Are Investors

All Investors Are Consumers, but Not All Consumers Are Investors

The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the second highest level since 2004, and consumer expectations reached the highest level since 2004. Surveys of...
REMEMBER THAT SAYING ABOUT THE FOREST AND THE TREES?

REMEMBER THAT SAYING ABOUT THE FOREST AND THE TREES?

Some pretty good numbers have been posted for 2018. They’re the type of numbers that inspire confidence. For example: 4.1 percent. The United States experienced strong economic growth during the second quarter. The advance estimate for U.S. gross domestic product (the...
Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

So, how did a country that represents just about 1.4 percent of the world’s economy spark a global selloff? Turkey was once a rising star. The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 and his “conservative, pro-business policies helped pull...
What a Rollercoaster of a Quarter!

What a Rollercoaster of a Quarter!

When it comes to the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey, respondents tend to be more bullish than bearish about U.S. stock markets. The survey’s historical averages are: 5 percent bullish 0 percent neutral 5 percent bearish As the...
There’s a Bear in China!

There’s a Bear in China!

And it’s not a panda. The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) Composite Index, which reflects the performance of all shares that trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, dropped into bear market territory last week, reported CNBC. The Index has fallen more than 20 percent from...