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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

U.S. First Quarter GDP of 3.2% Surprises Economists

May 8, 2019

The U.S. economy continues to charge ahead, thanks to tax cuts and deregulation, U.S. exports and state spending. The gross domestic product (GDP) number for the first quarter of 2019 surprised the very best analysts’ prognostications. A consensus of analysts polled pointed towards a growth rate of 2.3 percent, which in itself would have been… View Article

Fed Backs Off on Rate Hikes

April 22, 2019

Picture a juggler with four or five balls in the air, attempting to watch each one and time their movements precisely to keep each in motion. That visual may be a good representation of what the Federal Reserve does as it closely monitors the economy and makes decisions about interest rates. The balls represent all… View Article

The 10-Year Anniversary of the Bull Market

April 8, 2019

It was a meteoric ascent, with a few blips along the way. That may sound like a dramatic way to express the stock market’s rally of the past 10 years, but there are any number of adjectives that could be substituted for “meteoric.” The truth is that if someone had invested in an index fund… 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