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Waiting on the Fed

It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets.  To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn’t meet again until Tuesday. read more…

The United States of Scotland?

Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the September 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their country. read more…

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Game Changer

 

This week’s gain in non-farm payroll jobs was good news for the economy.  Employment data revealed the country created 195,000 new jobs, just a hair’s breadth away from the 200,000 jobs a month we need to sustain an accelerating economy. So why isn’t the stock market celebrating? read more…

Is the American Dream Changing?

Time was when most Americans pointed to their home and the automobile as proof that they were “living the dream.” No one questioned those values and just about everyone worked hard to achieve those symbols of prosperity. Not anymore. read more…

Euphoria Fades for now

 

The second quarter ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Investors have become confused and uncertain, thanks to the Fed. Despite that, the S&P 500 Index was still up almost 2.7% for the second quarter. read more…

Gay marriage comes of age

 

This week’s historic Supreme Court ruling could be a wind-fall for gays married and living in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia. That accounts for about two thirds of gay marriages in this country. For the rest, things are not so clear. read more…

Summer swoon

 

So far this market is performing as predicted. The sell-off began at the end of May and June is shaping up to be just as disappointing. July should be no great shakes either but all this means is the markets are setting up for a great fall and winter. read more…

The Fed Speaks

 

You would think the world was coming to an end, given the global investment community’s reaction to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s press conference on Wednesday. Evidently, we are so addicted to the Fed’s multi-year stimulus program that even a hint that the party may be coming to an end is a major cause of concern. read more…

Say it isn’t so

 

“Tell me you’re not leaving
Say you changed your mind now
That I am only dreaming
That this is not goodbye
This is starting over
If you wanna know
I don’t wanna let go
So say it isn’t so”

“Say it isn’t so”…Gareth Gates

 

So far June is playing out as expected. Stocks are see-sawing in a trading range that is driving day traders crazy. Hopefully, you are not one of them. read more…

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