For the second week in a row, the markets ended up at almost exactly the same place or higher then they started.  Despite the shutdown, the debt ceiling and the market sell-offs they have induced, the markets are telling us to ignore this drama. (more…)

 

While the government shuts down and the markets swoon over the debt ceiling drama and the future of the U.S. financial system, the United States Federal Reserve Bank issued a new version of the $100 bill this week. Demand for the new bill is quite brisk, thank you. (more…)

As the first week of the government shutdown comes to a close, the panic level is rising on Wall Street and throughout the nation. Do not get sucked into this emotional maelstrom. None of these dire predictions will come true. (more…)

As the shutdown progresses through its first week, the Federal government, the nation’s largest employer, is laying off between 800,000 and one million employees. In an economy that is already coping with a 7.3% unemployment rate, that’s bad news. (more…)

 

In the face of a government shutdown, computer glitches and a mountain of confusion, Obamacare made its inaugural debut this week, so far, so good. (more…)

Investors were convinced the Fed would start to taper this week. When they didn’t, the markets were caught flat-footed. Most cried foul, I disagree. (more…)

 

Whether you call them unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft or simply drones, these remote-controlled devices are expected to become a big business both here and abroad over the next decade. The question is whether this new technology will impact our lives in ways we are willing to accept. (more…)

 

Stocks rallied this week as news that the world may have found a way to resolve the looming confrontation between the U.S. and Syria. If so, investors can thank Russia for the solution and a much-needed deal that might actually extend into a brokered peace. (more…)

The collapse of Lehman Brothers occurred five years ago this week. In hindsight, this investment bank’s disorderly failure proved to be the critical domino that set into motion economic and financial disruptions that are still with us today.  What have we learned? (more…)

As Congress prepares to debate a “go/no go” retaliatory strike against the Syrian regime, not a word has been mentioned about the potential cost of this action. That seems rather strange since just about every proposal out of Washington, no matter how important, has been debated on its cost and how its price tag would impact the deficit and debt limit.  (more…)