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Making Nice with the Fed
In most broad strokes, and despite a probable slowdown in 4Q, the economy is doing about as well as it could be doing. Moreover, the US markets are doing...
A quick check: Does everyone remember what we said about an inverted yield curve? The short version is that treasuries are generally supposed to generate...
There are a few odd contradictions between the real economy and the collective best guess for how that economy is, as proxied by the stock market. For...
Bolstered by Banks
In the long run, stock prices reflect the value generated by their companies as reflected by their earnings and profits. Thus far, the Q3 earnings results...
Armistice in the Trade War
By far, the biggest news of last week was a partial trade deal between the US and China. In broad strokes, the US agreed to delay a tariff hike (an additional...
The End of Trading Fees
On Tuesday, October 1st, Charles Schwab announced they would stop charging commissions for online trading in US stocks, ETFs, and options. The very same...
Invasion of the 500-pound Robots
Is the title excessive? Maybe for an ordinary person off the street, it is over-the-top. For a retail-based financial adviser, the title still might...
The Lender of Last Resort
I’m sure most of our readers remember the financial crisis of 2008. You may remember the explanation of the problem and you almost certainly how it made...
Oil Explosions? Minor Impact.
A few weeks ago, I suggested that the oil market was stable and range-bound, and therefore not a good proxy for economic health (in our blog post, “Stop...
The Slowest Two Minutes in Sports
Most of America is fired up for football season, but I have a confession: I don’t watch. While nearly everyone else here at the office likes to talk...
This is Not a Pipe
In our January 2017 blog post, “Only Smoke So Far”, we warned that the possibility of a trade war unilaterally imposed through tariffs (which do not require...
Start Looking at Britain
A few weeks ago, our blog argued that people were paying too much attention to the price of oil as an oracle for the markets (Stop Looking at Oil). It...
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