Tag Archives: Japan

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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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    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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    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 […]

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    October Effect

    October is always a month of change. For those of us living in the Northern hemisphere, it’s when summer finally gives way to autumn. The colors change. The days get shorter and cooler. It becomes “football weather”. And for sports fans in the U.S., the final week of October is just about as good as […]

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    Why International Markets Still Matter

    Of the world’s 500 largest companies, how many do you think are domiciled outside of the U.S.? Would finding out the answer is 368 – almost 75% of the total – surprise you? Or answer this: how much do you think the U.S. contributes to the world’s output, its global gross domestic product? Most Americans […]