Tag Archives: oil

  • The Crash of 1987—Then and Now

    It wasn’t quite the Kennedy assassination, “9/11”, or the O.J. verdict, events where time seemed to stand still for a few moments.  But don’t tell that to the Wall Street traders and advisers who lived through “Black Monday,” the bloodiest day in stock market history, October 19, 1987.  On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial […]

  • Economic Disruption

    Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria wreaked havoc within a few weeks of each other.  Houston was hit with historic rainfall from Harvey, and much of Florida was ravaged by wind damage from Irma.  But Puerto Rico suffered the most out of the Caribbean islands with Maria making landfall in September.  The U.S. territory was already […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]