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Europe is Recovering

It was not that long ago that the world questioned whether the European Union and its currency would survive. Portugal, Greece, Spain and even Italy appeared to be hovering on the brink of economic disaster.  Europe was a basket case but today that assessment may be changing. read more…

Congressional Farm Bill is a disgrace

There were times in the past when farmers needed the government’s protection. There may even be a limited need for it today, despite the good times many in agriculture have enjoyed in recent years. However, nothing can justify the travesty that congress has offered the taxpayer in its new five year plan for agriculture. read more…

Political Posturing Ahead

 

The markets have spent most of this year focusing on concrete things like the economy, jobs, the Fed’s stimulus program and corporate earnings. However, we are entering that time of year when our dysfunctional political parties may once again roil the markets in an attempt to justify their miserable existence. read more…

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How much has 9/11 cost us?

Picture an entire fleet of brand new Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, chock full of the latest stealth aircraft that money can buy, then double it. That’s about the size of the dollar and cents differences one finds in trying to estimate the costs of 9/11. Just how large is the range? read more…

Fed Passes the ball to Congress

By now everyone knows the outcome of Ben Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole on Friday. For those looking for a cure-all from the chairman of the Federal Reserve, his speech was a disappointment.

Bernanke tosses the ball

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Can the Fed avert another selloff?

            The safe bet would be to write about something else because by the time you read this Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke will have already given his speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming scheduled for Friday morning. I’m betting that whatever he says won’t be enough to save the stock market from further decline.

All eyes on the Fed

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Where is the Bottom?

            Everyone seems to be looking for the same thing, an end to the pain, an end to the stress, a place where the selling stops. It’s called a bottom and it appears to me that we haven’t found one yet. read more…

European Banking Crisis

Investors are selling first and waiting for the facts later. Few can blame them given their experience in 2008-2009. Investors in the stock market sustained huge losses by naively believing that the financial sector and the government were in control of that crisis. This time around, no one believes anything they say.

Germany's engine is running out of steam

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What to expect after a Waterfall Decline

  It’s been one heck of a two weeks. One would think the world was coming to an end, given the way global markets have behaved. You may not be able to make much sense of why markets sold off so quickly, but out of the carnage we may be able to predict what comes next. Here’s why. read more…

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