Tag Archives: Interest rates

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Interest Waiting Game

    Contrast We celebrate and give thanks each year in November, but this November was a month riddled with somber events all over the world. Friday, November 13th was an especially dark day for those affected by the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, and Europe as a whole continues to struggle to handle the inflow of […]

  • Are the Markets Waxing or Waning?

    Both a lunar eclipse and a super-moon made for a dramatic celestial show on the evening of the final Sunday of September. A super-moon occurs when the moon’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, and a lunar eclipse leaves the moon with a rusty, reddish color. It’s interesting that only theories explain the creation of […]

  • Will They or Won’t They

    Welcome to reality TV, Federal Reserve style.  As the Federal Reserve grapples with the decision of whether or not to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in almost ten years, the lead-up is playing out like a made for TV drama.  It’s the newest in reality TV.  Now, don’t get me wrong, this […]