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Not all bonds are the same

Bond holders are holding their breath as they wait for the Federal Reserve Bank to begin hiking short-term interest rates. Most investors are expecting all bonds to take a hit at the outset of the country’s first rate hike in nine years. What happens after that may surprise you. read more…

Lambs and wolves

Volatility continues to be the name of the game this week within global financial markets. An action by the Chinese in devaluating their currency was the culprit. It provided yet another opportunity for professionals to profit from those individual investors who sold in panic. read more…

The risk of rising rates

 

Conservative investors are becoming increasingly concerned that their bond holdings may be at risk. If and when the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates this year, will bond holders be caught holding the bag? read more…

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Month end musings

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While the summer months are usually the slowest season on Wall Street, July has proven to be anything but. As we enter the month of August, can we expect the same?

Whether we focus on overseas markets or review our own, it is clear that volatility remained and will remain elevated. Overseas markets in Asia took it on the chin, while the United States was trapped in a trading range that will continue in the month ahead. The good news is that this range appears to have an upward bias, so we can expect some minor new highs as time passes. read more…

Supermarkets evolve to survive

 

We take our local supermarkets for granted. Like gas stations, there seems to one on almost every corner, at least in suburbia. With competition from a variety of sources, supermarkets have been forced to reinvent themselves and are doing a good job doing just that. read more…

Earnings keep the market in check

After touching new highs, once again the indexes retreated but, with the exception of the Dow, are still in the upper end of their trading ranges. Second quarter results are following the usual pattern of earnings “beats” but fewer investors seem willing to play that game and chase stocks. read more…

Are you ready for El Niño

 

It’s that time again. Trade winds in the Pacific are blowing west to east, pushing warm water to the surface. In times past, those conditions created havoc with much of the world’s weather creating everything from fires to floods, sometimes, in epic proportions. Some weather models predict this year’s El Niño could rank among the worse. read more…

O Ye of little faith

What a difference two weeks make. Back then, if one took the warnings/advice of the media and much of Wall Street, we were facing financial Armageddon. Today, the markets are flirting with new highs. What lessons can we learn from that? read more…

When “no” means “yes”

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A Greek referendum less than two weeks ago delivered a resounding “no” when voters were asked to approve the European Community’s austerity ultimatum in exchange for a new bailout. While Grecians danced in the streets, global markets tumbled, but fast forward ten days and we now face an entirely different set of outcomes. read more…

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