2nd Quarter Market Review

2nd Quarter Market Review

This is the way the quarter ends – with a central bank scare. Central bankers are stodgy. They speak carefully. For many, reading the words ‘Federal Reserve’ is enough to cause boredom to set in and web surfing to ensue. Last week, though, the European Central Bank...

Weekly Persepctive, November 18, 2013

The Markets If you found holiday songs or Beatles tunes humming through your head last week, it may have been your subconscious processing world and market events. Over the river and through the woods/To Grandmother’s house we go . . .Janet Yellen, current Vice...

Weekly Perspective, November 4, 2013

The Markets Exceptional . . .exceeds expectations . . . meets expectations . . . needs improvement . . . unsatisfactory. It’s a rating system familiar to anyone who has ever received a performance review. Right now, the performance of inflation is not meeting...

Where Are Interest Rates Headed? October 28, 2013

Where Are Interest Rates Headed According to the Federal Reserve, economists assume interest rates will move toward equilibrium or a ‘natural’ real rate of interest that takes into account inflation over the long term. The idea of a natural rate of...
August 26, 2013 Weekly Perspective

August 26, 2013 Weekly Perspective

The Markets Last week was crunch time in the National Football League (NFL). With the 2013 regular season approaching rapidly, NFL teams cut about 700 players from their rosters over the Labor Day weekend. That was a big cut—about a 40 percent drop in player...

Weekly Perspective, August 19, 2013

The Markets Robert Burns, father of fourteen and writer of Auld Lang Syne, once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.” Was he ever right! Here are a few sure things: The Federal Reserve intends to reduce economic stimulus by tapering...