We’re Off to a Slow Start.

We’re Off to a Slow Start.

December is usually the best month of the year for the stock market. It has been since 1950, according to Randall Forsyth of Barron’s, but not so far this year. Two issues made investors particularly uncomfortable last week which helped trigger a sell-off that pushed...
Tick, Tock.

Tick, Tock.

Not everybody loves meetings and even fewer enjoy reading the minutes, but investors make an exception with the Federal Reserve. This week the Fed published the minutes from its August 1 meeting. While no changes were made to interest rates, the minutes did provide...
REMEMBER THAT SAYING ABOUT THE FOREST AND THE TREES?

REMEMBER THAT SAYING ABOUT THE FOREST AND THE TREES?

Some pretty good numbers have been posted for 2018. They’re the type of numbers that inspire confidence. For example: 4.1 percent. The United States experienced strong economic growth during the second quarter. The advance estimate for U.S. gross domestic product (the...
Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

So, how did a country that represents just about 1.4 percent of the world’s economy spark a global selloff? Turkey was once a rising star. The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 and his “conservative, pro-business policies helped pull...
It’s a good time for a gut check.

It’s a good time for a gut check.

Last week, after sliding lower for four days, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index recouped some of its losses on Friday. The reasons behind the week’s poor showing were diverse. Barron’s reported: “The market is so discombobulated right now that it can’t even decide...
IT’S NOT JUST FOR MILLENNIALS!

IT’S NOT JUST FOR MILLENNIALS!

While the emergence of the Gig economy often is attributed to Millennials, MBO Partners’ 2017 survey found the full-time Gig workforce is a generational mash-up. It includes: 38 percent Millennials (ages 21 to 37) 27 percent Gen Xers (ages 38 to 52) 35 percent Baby...