Weekly Perspective, July 15, 2013

The Markets One of these things is not like the other . . . If you find yourself humming that old Sesame Street standard when you think about financial markets and world economies, you’re probably not alone. To the consternation of many, the Dow Jones...

Weekly Perspective, July 8, 2013

The Markets The second quarter offered a level of drama often found in homes with teenagers. When investors realized their good friend, quantitative easing, might have an earlier-than-expected curfew, they threw a hissy fit that resounded through global markets. The...

They Say Actions Speak Louder Than Words! July 1, 2013

They Say Actions Speak Louder Than Words! But that doesn’t appear to be the case when it comes to Federal Reserve monetary policy. For some time, the Fed has been communicating its intention to gradually cut back its bond purchasing program (a.k.a. quantitative...

Weekly Perspective, July 1, 2013

The Markets Soothing words from Federal Reserve Bank officials helped settle investors’ fears last week, and U.S. stock markets moved higher. The Dow Jones Industrials Average was up 0.7 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 0.9 percent, and the...

Weekly Perspective, June 17, 2013

The Markets Like a host at a dinner party, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) put the performance of the U.S. economy on the table last week to be gnawed over by world markets. When the IMF presented its annual review of the world’s largest economy, it stated...

Weekly Perspective, June 3, 2013

The Markets The Fed will taper . . . the Fed will not . . . the Fed will taper . . . the Fed will not. Last week, investors and traders obsessed about the Federal Reserve and the possibility it might begin to end its quantitative easing program. The Fed began its...