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It’s all in the way you say it

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” Emily Dickinson

The Fed ended the stock market decline this week by simply changing a sentence or two. In the space of a few hours, global markets soared, creating billions of dollars in gains for investors worldwide. Don’t ever doubt the power of words. read more…

The election investors ignored

japan-flag-1421127-sLast weekend Japan held “snap” elections, which gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the mandate to continue his pro-growth economic policies. No one outside Japan seemed to care. The Nikkei stock market index fell 1.6% and traders moved on. That may prove to be a big mistake. read more…

It’s all about oil

Just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and stock markets should be celebrating. Instead, equity markets have been down as traders become increasingly spooked by the decline in oil prices. Granted, financial markets sometimes get it wrong, but the present atmosphere of fear is one for the books. read more…

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From one Fed to another

 

What a week it was! The U.S. central bank marked the end of its quantitative easing, while promising to keep interest rates low. On the other side of the world, the Japanese central bank did the opposite. Their Fed increased the amount of stimulus it will add to the economy from $600 billion to over $730 billion per year. read more…

“Proud to be Gay”

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, announced to the world that he was gay in an essay published in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  While many believe Cook’s statement will shock and awe the nation, chances are it won’t.  Being part of the LGBT community is not only popular today, but has also become a lucrative niche market for America business. read more…

All Clear

If investors needed proof that the market’s bottom is in, this week provided it. It was the best week of the year in stock market gains and it looks like we have more on the way. read more…

The Elephant in the room

 

Mid-term elections are less than two weeks away. Issues, for the most part, have fallen bye the wayside as pure politics runs amuck. No wonder voter turnout is traditionally so poor in this midterm madness. read more…

So far, so good

 

This week’s behavior in the stock market went according to plan. We broke through several technical supports, reached a fairly critical level, and then bounced back. However, October isn’t over and the probability that we experience more downside remains high. Here’s my take on the week ahead. read more…

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