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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...
The Downside of Customization
Everyone likes to feel special. Nobody likes to feel that they are a cog in the machine, or just another member of the masses. If standing out from the...
Stop Looking at Oil
Today’s blog post is really a message I’d like to convey to the market and economic data analysts at CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, and everyone else: stop...
Rube Goldberg Games and Real World Problems
Did you ever play the board-game “Mousetrap” as a kid? I never actually played the game properly - rolling the dice, collecting cheese tokens, and moving...
Pushing on a String
The Federal Reserve is about to cut the interest rates. We’ve spent a lot of time debating the justification for cutting interest rates (e.g. below target...
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