Tag Archives: Fed

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    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, […]

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    What’s Next for the Markets?

    President Trump The trading days leading up to the U.S. presidential election did not feel great. For eight straight trading days, the stock market lost value. It was the first time the market had experienced eight consecutive down days since 2008. Fortunately, this year’s eight-day funk amounted to the S&P 500 losing only about 3% […]

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    Election Notes

    Albert Camus, the French philosopher and author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957, probably had October on his mind when he wrote: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Camus died in January of 1960, so his last October among the living was in 1959.  If he’d have […]

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    It’s Debatable

    You know it’s the fall in North Texas when your kid comes home from school with tickets to the State Fair of Texas.  The Fair just kicked off its 130th year, and it’s a pretty big deal in these parts with a number of attractions drawing hundreds of thousands of people every year. The State […]

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    Summer Lull

    If you slipped into a coma on August 1st and just regained consciousness on August 31st, you might have looked around and thought that you really didn’t miss much while you were out cold.  The world’s capital markets were sitting right about where they started.  The S&P 500 traded in a very narrow range with […]

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    Trends vs. Logic

    Data or Demand? In case you haven’t noticed it yet, there’s a serious election going on right now.  Votes are being cast day after day, and the message seems pretty clear: buying American stocks, bonds, and real estate is how investors are voting with their money.  We very well could be looking at the fifth […]

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    Knocked Down but Not Out

    Markets have been treated like a punching bag over the first half of the year, taking blow after blow from a host of issues. The utter collapse in commodity prices wreaked havoc across world markets that struggled to adjust to the rapid change. The surging U.S. dollar hurt large U.S. multinational companies who found it […]

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    BREXIT, ETC.

      “Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.” Henry VIII, Act 1, Scene 2. There are a lot of things to fear in the world today. The news headlines alone can churn your stomach: terrorist attacks by groups like ISIS can occur anywhere, provocative missile testings by aggressive nations like Iran […]

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    Fear of Heights

    Acrophobia You can tack “-phobia” onto almost anything in order to create a label for a fear.  Some of the most common fears include: arachnophobia (fear of spiders), ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), and acrophobia (fear of heights).  The study of phobias is an interesting field, and the most common fears seem to stem from the […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]