Right back into the range

The first week of earnings season is behind us. The results were not nearly as bad as investors feared. Some averages, such as the Russell small and mid-cap indexes, actually made new highs. However, all the indexes fell back into a trading range by the close on...

Brazil—not for the faint of heart

Beset by scandals that could reach as high as the presidential office, suffering from an epic drought, low oil prices, high inflation, a declining currency and a negative economic growth rate, the world’s seventh largest economy could be an interesting long-term...

Earnings on deck

This week launched the beginning of first-quarter earnings results for American companies. Wall Street doesn’t expect much. It is bracing for a disappointing season, especially from U.S. exporters. Has the market discounted that news already? Analysts expect that...

My $40,000 knee

Over the next five years, health care spending in the U.S. will total $21 trillion. Spending on health care in America today represents over 17% of the United States economy. By 2017, that number will climb to almost 20% of spending. Now I know why. Experts agree that...

Will the second quarter be like the first?

By now you know that this year’s first quarter was nothing to write home about. The benchmark S&P 500 Index managed to eke out a gain of just 0.4% for the quarter. The Dow posted a 0.3% loss, while the NASDAQ did gain 3.5%. Can we expect more of the same this...