Q2 Market Update – Rates, China, and the EU – Oh My!

Q2 Market Update – Rates, China, and the EU – Oh My!

Q2 Market Update – It’s been a wild, wild quarter. In early April, stock markets were doing so well (14 of 47 national benchmark indices hit all-time highs) that global market capitalization — the value of stocks trading on exchanges throughout the world —...
Grexit II, The Sequel, Redux, The Return…

Grexit II, The Sequel, Redux, The Return…

A Greek Exit from the EU, a “Grexit,” is Back in the News… again! Not quite as popular as Branjelina and Kimye, ‘Grexit’ (short for Greek Exit) has gained traction as a nickname during the past few months. The British press appropriated a variation,...
China’s Markets

China’s Markets

China’s Markets, Chinese Companies & Greece (con’t) You’re probably familiar with the seven-year itch. Not the movie with Marilyn Monroe, but the concept that relationships can lose their luster after seven years. That may be what happened last week in...

Are We Witnessing the Death of the Bull Market?

“Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria.” — Sir John Templeton If he was right, investor sentiment seems to support the idea the bull market may be around for a while. The American Association of...
Negative Interest Rates & Variable Rate Mortgages

Negative Interest Rates & Variable Rate Mortgages

It’s a topsy-turvy world. In the United States, during the last quarter of 2014, about seven million (13 percent) of all mortgaged residential properties were underwater, meaning the mortgage loan amount was at least 25 percent higher than the estimated market value...
Weekly Perspective – It’s All Greek To Me

Weekly Perspective – It’s All Greek To Me

It was all Greek to investors. Last Thursday, things weren’t looking so good for Greece. Barron’s explained: “…Germany scotched Greece’s request for a six-month extension to its existing aid package. Athens had sought more time to renegotiate the Draconian austerity...
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