Tag Archives: currency

  • Harvey Hits Hard

    It’s hard to stay focused on a lot of things, including the markets, in the face of the human tragedy like what we’ve witnessed from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath over the last few weeks in South Texas, in the greater Houston area, and into Louisiana. For the people who lived through it, the storm […]

  • Fast Forward One Year

    What a difference a year makes.  Do you recall how 2016 started? The United States’ Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in years in December of 2015, and the S&P 500 would then plummet almost 11% over the following 8 weeks.  At the same time, Japan and a number of European countries initiated […]

  • Interesting Times…..

    As Chinese New Year celebrations wind down, it’s fitting to recall an expression that has been attributed to the Chinese for generations. The expression “May you live in interesting times” has an origin that is, ironically, interesting itself. Regardless of its origin, upon closer examination, the expression seems not to be a blessing at all, […]

  • March Madness

    Soothsayer: “Beware the ides of March.” Caesar: “What man is that?” Brutus: “A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.”    Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2 March is usually a month of change. Winter’s cold gives way to the first hints of spring, and we make the rounds in our homes changing the time […]

  • Market Tug of War

    Sound and Fury Family reunions. Company picnics. Grade school field day – if you can remember back that far. Usually, these are fun gatherings. Usually. And sometimes you find yourself pulled into a friendly match of tug-of-war, whether you wanted to participate or not. You’ve got a bunch of people on one end of the […]

  • Global Interest Rate Policies

    January has to be the odds-on favorite for the longest month of the year. It’s the coldest month of the year. It inevitably starts off with a “let down” for most of us as it comes right on the heels of the bustling holiday season. And as one of seven months on our calendars with […]

  • The Global Currency Effect

    What a difference a year makes. Well, usually … but not last year. 2015 was a year rife with divergence and volatility. The U.S. dollar soared relative to most other major currencies, and oil continued to plunge; the Fed finally raised rates in the U.S., while the European Central Bank (ECB) reduced rates there; the […]