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Oil Prices see Spike after Attack on Saudi Facilities

December 2, 2019

The Middle East has always had some portion of its territory in turmoil or conflict. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the U.S. was involved in the hostage crisis in Iran. The Iran-Iraq War was waged during the 1980s and the Gulf War began in 1990. There was a civil war in Yemen in… View Article

Fed Makes Quarter Point Cut; Second this Year

November 4, 2019

Sometimes it appears as if the Federal Reserve and the equity markets are in a game of tennis. Decisions by the Fed can boost or depress the markets. The direction of the markets seems to factor into the Fed’s decisions. Both sides seem to want to keep the volley going. Recent actions by the central… View Article

Trade Tensions Increasing Again

September 9, 2019

The evening news would not be complete without a story about the U.S.-China trade dispute or the “trade tensions” between the two countries. Despite the sensationalism, the U.S. remains the world’s biggest economy. U.S. exports to China are only 0.5 percent of GDP. For the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP, Japan’s exports to China… View Article

Large Cap Stocks have Outpaced Small Caps

August 12, 2019

It is common to hear the advice that you should diversify a portfolio and have many investments, representing several asset classes, to take advantage of an optimal portfolio. Two groups of assets that can be included in a diversified portfolio are small cap and large cap stocks. The reason for including both asset types is… View Article

Stocks Reward in First Half of Year

July 29, 2019

There was a day or two last December when many people thought the bottom had finally fallen out of the stock market. The long hard-charging bull market, that had only had some minor set-backs, seemed to have finally fallen apart. That dismal notion was short-lived though, as the market recouped and realigned on its former… View Article

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