Risk and The Post-Thanksgiving Food Coma

Risk and The Post-Thanksgiving Food Coma

FIRST, THE FOOD COMA IS A MYTH.  According to WebMD, the amino acid L-Tryptophan is not responsible for Americans’ post-Thanksgiving food coma. The real culprit is overeating. So, last week’s post-feast sleepiness can be blamed on big appetites. And, this might not be...
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...
Does High Volatility Always Follow Low Volatility

Does High Volatility Always Follow Low Volatility

 It’s déjà vu all over again! The Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, tracks the prices of options on the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index. Since options often are used to hedge portfolio risk, the VIX is...
Is Sentiment Too Good?

Is Sentiment Too Good?

Like a cool breeze on a hot day…the post-Brexit market rally has soothed investors. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), also known as the fear gauge, fell significantly during the past few weeks, according to CNBC.com. The VIX measures investors’ concerns about...
Emerging Market Travails

Emerging Market Travails

Emerging Market Travails Just a few years ago, emerging markets were the toast of the town. In general, emerging countries recovered much faster than developed countries following the financial crisis and global recession. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index delivered...
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