2016 Recap

2016 Recap

The Markets as of January 3, 2017 What a difference a year makes! At the start of 2016, investors were rather pessimistic and risk averse, preferring bonds to stocks. By the end of the year, they were quite optimistic and preferred stocks to bonds. In between, markets...
The FED Turns Hawkish

The FED Turns Hawkish

The Federal Reserve put a hitch in the markets’ giddy-up last week. It wasn’t the Fed’s second interest rate hike in a decade that caused markets to stumble. December’s rate hike was old news before it happened. In mid-December, Reuters reported Fed funds futures...
Inflation and Higher Interest Rates

Inflation and Higher Interest Rates

We are flirting with higher interest rates. Last week, yields on 10-year Treasury bonds rose to a 17-month high of 2.44 percent, reported The Wall Street Journal, before retreating to finish the week at about 2.4 percent. As we’ve mentioned previously, some experts...
Is This The End of The Bond Bull?

Is This The End of The Bond Bull?

This time it’s the end. Really. Possibly. It seems like experts (ourselves included) have been forecasting the end of the bull market in bonds for years – and that is because they HAVE been doing so. In July 2010, bond guru Bill Gross predicted the 28-year bull market...
Markets React to Trump

Markets React to Trump

Surprise, Surprise! The Markets reaction was unexpectadly and remarkably sanguine following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. There was a moment of panic. As election results rolled in on Tuesday, Gold prices rose and Treasury yields...
Markets Experience Election Fatigue

Markets Experience Election Fatigue

“Verrrry interesting.” Arte Johnson’s catch phrase from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In may not have described U.S. stock markets last week, but there were some interesting economic, cyber-security, and consumer developments around the world. Major U.S. stock indices...

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