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U.S. Negotiates Free Trade Agreement with Neighbors

June 17, 2019

There has always been a good argument for the effectiveness of democracy for producing harmonious neighbors. The question goes like this: can you imagine Canada and the U.S. or Mexico and the U.S. going to war with each other? The answer is an easy one and the point is to compare the sense of peace… View Article

The Early Year Market Rebound of 2019

March 25, 2019

Last Christmas did not feel like a time for joy for many investors, who found themselves perplexed and shocked at the abrupt market volatility. It was not the gift they were expecting. A number of factors are thought to have left investors jittery the end of last year, among them; the Federal Reserve’s hawkish tone… View Article

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN; WHAT WAS IT AND HOW MIGHT IT IMPACT THE ECONOMY?

February 11, 2019

The news hasn’t been able to say enough about the “government shutdown.” It has been the headline story in many papers and the lead story on many evening newscasts. To say that the government was shut down is something of a misnomer. It was actually a quarter of the government, consisting of about 800,000 employees…. View Article

GROWTH VS VALUE STOCKS PERFORMANCE

January 28, 2019

For many astute investors, there are often two schools of thought on stock selection; value or growth. Many investors ascribe to the value school because they like the idea of buying out-of-favor stocks that might have had a temporary set-back but could offer a lot of upside. They are more likely to pay dividends and… View Article

HOW DID RETAILERS FARE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON?

January 15, 2019

There was a time when everyone went to the mall to shop. Brick and mortar was the only choice and stores were crowded as a result. When online shopping first appeared, people were skeptical and weary of providing their credit cardinformation or trusting any part of the process. Amazon was making some strides early on with… View Article

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH OIL PRICES?

January 7, 2019

The price of oil crashed in late 2014, prompting the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to begin a price war to regain lost market share. Besides losing market share to other countries outside its own cabal, OPEC was losing share to the United States. During November, oil prices dropped almost 22 percent, which… View Article