Investors began to focus on events in Ukraine this week as a continuing stalemate between Russia and the West erupted in gunfire. That bloodshed stopped the market dead in its tracks. The question is, for how long? (more…)

Easter Bunny Bounce

 

This holiday-shortened week saw a relief rally that began on Monday and carried through until Thursday. The markets still have further to go in the coming week before we once again reach the top of this four month long trading range.  (more…)

 

This Friday the stock and bond markets will be closed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, or so the theory goes. But that is just one of the many myths involved in this holiday and its origins remain a mystery. (more…)

This week the eight largest U.S. banks were told they need to increase capital by about $68 billion. In some ways it is too little, too late in the government’s efforts to prevent another financial meltdown. Nonetheless, the regulations do provide an increased level of safety for taxpayers. (more…)

 

As spring finally arrives throughout the country, you would think the stock market would celebrate, but not this year. The indexes were slammed again this week and we can expect more of the same in the months ahead. (more…)

A crowded trade

 

Just about everyone on Wall Street has jumped aboard the band wagon by now. Sure there are some that still think the market can go higher but the vast majority of investors are now expecting a major pullback. Welcome to what’s called a crowded trade. (more…)

 

Despite a coordinated and well-financed effort to sabotage and overturn  the Affordable Care Act, the open enrollment numbers this week indicate there is a ground swell of support by Americans for a universal and effective healthcare coverage. (more…)

Income inequality between the sexes in this country has always been a problem and it does not appear to be getting any better. Critics argue that much of the blame lies in the choices many women make in pursuing their education and career goals. I beg to differ. (more…)

The Faint of Heart

 

It has been at best a bumpy ride for stocks this week. While events in Crimea are partially responsible, there are some underlying factors just below the surface that may have more to do with recent performance than would meet the eye. (more…)

As April approaches and the markets remain near record highs, it is time to take a look at the mid-term election cycle. Since 1950, it has signaled turbulence for the stock markets. (more…)