It’s all in the way you say it

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” Emily Dickinson The Fed ended the stock market decline this week by simply changing a sentence or two. In the space of a few hours, global markets soared, creating billions of dollars in gains for...

The election investors ignored

Last weekend Japan held “snap” elections, which gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the mandate to continue his pro-growth economic policies. No one outside Japan seemed to care. The Nikkei stock market index fell 1.6% and traders moved on. That may prove to be a big...

It’s all about oil

Just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and stock markets should be celebrating. Instead, equity markets have been down as traders become increasingly spooked by the decline in oil prices. Granted, financial markets sometimes get it wrong, but the present...

Is the Russian bear back in his cave?

The Ukraine had been the topic on everyone’s lips for over six months. Today, nary a word is written about Russian’s plan to annex that nation. You can thank declining oil prices for that. While most of the west rejoices over the recent precipitous drop in the price...

Investors should look east

American investors tend to focus almost solely on their own markets. While every nuance of each day’s developments is debated ad infinitum, short shrift is usually given to what is happening overseas. For example, can you tell me how the Chinese stock market has fared...