Financial News and Topics of Interest

Our Quarterly Newsletters are posted here along with occasional articles we think will interest you.

Quarterly Review October 2016

Can We Vote Early and Just Be Done With It?

The media is saturated with political coverage, displacing the reality of human existence. Sometimes you have to stake your claim on your own common sense and sanity by turning off all sources of media before you begin to think that the sunrises and sunsets are commanded by whatever one candidate has said about another. Not that it is unimportant, but it would be nice to just get this insane election year over with and move on. Regardless of the media's fanning of the flames of discontent, we will survive as we have in the past.

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Quarterly Review July 2016

Market Reaches All-Time High Amid Turmoil

Sometimes you just have to shake your head. With England having voted to leave the European Union (the "Brexit"), hostilities continuing in the Mid East, negative interest rates spreading across the globe, and violent acts of atrocity occurring with seemingly increased frequency both here and abroad, the U.S. stock market has charged through bouts of volatility into all-time high territory. Bond prices have also soared, driving bond yields ever lower.

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Quarterly Review April 2016

Improvements Here, Still Not So Great Overseas

The year started out very much like last year—but for different reasons. This year experienced a January selloff—then a recovery to nearly all-time market highs. It took some time for markets to make it into the black. In fact, it wasn't until March 17th that the Dow Jones Industrials Average crawled its way into the plus column.

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Quarterly Review January 2016

A Tummy Tickler

Just like the feeling we get when a fast-moving car crests a rise in the road and begins downhill, the markets have given us a "tummy tickler" for the past several weeks. After six consecutive years of churning out gains, we reached a short-term crest and have witnessed a decline. This hasn't been anything to cheer about or to make one want more.It has given the average investor a bit of an unwanted thrill. We are likely to return to a more stable road as bargain-buyers return to the market.

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Quarterly Review October 2015

Rocky Quarter The Pause That Refreshes?

There's no getting around it: last quarter was a bit like a Mad Hatter's tea party—or Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, if you prefer. Many factors converged to shake up the markets: China's surprise devaluation of their currency and their stock market's abrupt return to earth; concerns about US growth that cast the impending interest rate increase in limbo; oil prices declining below $40 per barrel; a selloff in biotech and healthcare stocks; concern about a global slowdown in economic activity. There are many things to point to as causes for the 6-week correction that took down the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.5% and the S&P 500 index by 11.9%. 

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Quarterly Review July 2015

Back To The Starting Point

Not to be mistaken as a complaint, but the U.S. economy offers few reasons for volatility. We have had to look elsewhere (Greece, China, Puerto Rico) for a directional spark. Our own economic growth rate has a bad case of anemia and anything that might be considered a robust surge in employment is so far on the horizon that we might mistake it for Chimney Rock on the distant plains of western Nebraska. Is this all that bad?

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Quarterly Review April 2015

Is Fuel For The Stock Rally Declining?

Sometimes the markets offer a perfect illustration of contrasts. While here in the U.S. we have been experiencing steady economic growth, the Eurozone has been firmly entrenched in a recession. Our stocks were flat this quarter, yet the Eurozone's stocks reached a 15-year high. Go Figure.

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