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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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More Money fuels the markets

 

As expected, the European Central Bank announced additional monetary stimulus in its effort to jump-start the EU economies. Global markets liked what they heard and bought stocks to celebrate. read more…

Europe Follows the U.S. lead

 

The European Central Bank has lagged behind both the U.S. and Japanese counterparts in their efforts to stimulate the economies of the European Union. Today, they attempted to address that fault before Europe sinks into a recession. read more…

What’s up with bonds?

At the beginning of the year Wall Street was certain that interest rates were on their way up. Investors dumped all kinds of bonds anticipating that prices would plummet.  Bond prices did the upset. Go figure. read more…

Baby Boomers and Retirement

 

The nation’s workforce has experienced some traumatic events over the past five years. Between the financial crises, global competition and the slow pace of domestic economic growth, is it any wonder that employment in the U.S. is not what it should be? Yet the biggest challenge of all may be right around the corner as the Baby Boomers retire in droves. read more…

Labor on their mind

 

It is that time of the year again when the world’s central bankers gather together in Wyoming to sort out the economic conditions of the global economy. This year most bankers will be looking at labor growth, or lack thereof, and what to do about it. read more…

Financing ISIS

 

Out-gunned, out-manned and out-financed, terrorists should be logically on the losing end of any combat engagement. And yet,   they exist and sometimes flourish despite the odds. Much of their success can be attributed to cash, the life blood of any army, and their increasingly sophisticated method of raising.it. read more…

Is Europe on the ropes?

Just a few months ago things were looking up in Europe. The economy seemed to be growing modestly, their central bank was talking about further efforts to stimulate the economy and even the PIGS were beginning to recover. And then came Putin. read more…

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