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April 20, 2015
The Market - April 20, 2015

It’s a topsy-turvy world. In the United States, during the last quarter of 2014, about seven million (13 percent) of all mortgaged residential properties were underwater, meaning the mortgage loan amount was at least 25 percent higher than the estimated market value of the property, according to RealtyTrac.com. That’s a significantly lower number than the […]

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April 13, 2015
The Market - April 13, 2015

How much is one trillion? • If you waited one trillion seconds, it would take 31,688 years. • If you had a trillion dollars, and spent $10 million a day, it would take 273 years to go broke. • If you taped $100 bills end-to-end, you could wrap the earth 41 times with $1 trillion […]

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April 6, 2015
The Market - April 6, 2015

The global economy performed a bit like a Rube Goldberg contraption during the first quarter of 2015, although it’s doubtful many countries found humor as economic, financial, and political events triggered other economic, financial, and political events across the world. Europe heads into deflation “The whiff of deflation is everywhere,” reported The Economist early in […]

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March 30, 2015
The Market - March 30, 2015

So, when is the Federal Reserve going to increase the rate for overnight borrowing? It’s a question that has plagued bond investors throughout the first quarter of 2015. In January, 10-year Treasury yields fell as low as 1.6 percent. Early in March, they rose to about 2.2 percent before falling back below 2.0 percent. The […]

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March 23, 2015
The Market - March 23, 2015

Financial markets gave the Federal Reserve a standing ovation last week. At least, that was Barron’s interpretation. What did the Fed do to deserve it? “…the Fed did what everyone expected, signaling that it could raise interest rates at any meeting starting in June. Yet, Yellen and team still found a way to assure the […]

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March 16, 2015
The Markets - March 16, 2015

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address was delivered in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression. He said, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – […]

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March 9, 2015
The Markets - March 9, 2015

If you looked at last week from the perspective of the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, it might have gone like this: If you give the United States a positive employment report, Investors are going to ask whether interest rates will move higher. When they conclude the Federal Reserve may increase […]

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March 2, 2015
The Markets - March 2, 2015

“Well, I never heard it before,” said the Mock Turtle; “but it sounds uncommon nonsense.” It was an Alice in Wonderland week. European countries, companies, and entrepreneurs were getting paid to borrow money, and ordinary Joes with money in some European banks got letters saying the banks would be charging to hold their money. The […]

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February 24, 2015
The Markets - February 23, 2015

It was all Greek to investors. Last Thursday, things weren’t looking so good for Greece. Barron’s explained: “…Germany scotched Greece’s request for a six-month extension to its existing aid package. Athens had sought more time to renegotiate the Draconian austerity package imposed on the land of Pericles, to keep from going bust and, perhaps, being […]

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