Volatility defines the stock market

It was a tumultuous week. Investors should get used to it because volatility is going to be with us for some time to come. You can blame a lot of things, but the evidence suggests that the dollar is the main culprit behind the market’s gyrations. The rate of ascent,...

Is Main Street really recovering?

As Wall Street climbed higher and higher over the last five years, Main Street has languished. Jobs, until recently, were few and far between. But if the latest economic statistics can be believed, things just might be looking up. The number of Americans filing new...

The Fed does it again

  Coming into this week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, investors thought they had a handle on what the central bankers planned to do about interest rates. Once again, the Fed threw us a curve. The bet was that the word “patient,” in regard to when the...

Pay attention to diverging markets

It was a turbulent week for U.S. stocks as the strong dollar and worries over possible rising interest rates spooked investors. But not all markets followed our lead. This divergence could be the beginning of a trend that could benefit your portfolio. Normally, the...