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  • Market Minutes for the week of November 16th 11/20/15
    Market Minutes for the week of November 16th: “Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.” – U.S. General George S. Patton Jr. To the people of Paris and all of France, we in the U.S. share your shock, anguish, grief, anger, rage and desire for retribution. “Faced with the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris [last] Friday, it’s clear that the civilized world is increasingly vulnerable to mayhem caused by those who don’t support (but will take advantage of) the freedom offered in Western societies. Last Friday will not be the last battle between these terrorists and the West. It may get worse before it gets better, but have faith that once sufficiently roused, the West will win.” – Brian Westbury. “January’s incident targeted specific entities (French Jews and a satiric magazine that ran cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad). But Friday’s attack seems intended to make Read more...
  • Market Minutes for the week of November 9th 11/13/15
    Market Minutes for the week of November 9th: “I’m not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes they would have come up sliced.”  – Lee Trevino (Former PGA Champion). Five regions of the United States are driving more than half of the GDP. The New York region which includes Newark and Jersey City, led the way in 2014 by providing 10% of the nation’s total GDP. Following in order were:  Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Dallas. Overall the top 20 metropolitan areas represented 52% of the nation’s GDP according to HowMuch.net. The real headline in last week’s big jobs report was the 0.4% increase in average hourly earnings. Year-over-year, the hourly earnings gain is +2.5%, the biggest jump since July 2009. No matter how you slice it, it is more purchasing power for the consumer. German industrial production fell by 1.1% in September while industrial production Read more...
  • Market Minutes for the week of November 2nd 11/06/15
    Market Minutes for the week of November 2nd: ”Asking for help does not mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence.” – Anne Wilson Schaef (author). The equity markets paid no attention to the fact that the calendar said it was October and turned in a very respectable performance for the month. What was different from August and September? Worries over a commodity-driven credit event have disappeared. The market was pretty sure that as oil traded into the high $30s and the price of copper collapsed, it would trigger the collapse of numerous debt-ridden exploration companies and/or some highly leveraged commodity hedge funds. Once this didn’t happen, the computerized trading programs and out-of-control algorithms had nothing to lock onto and destroy. Volatility dried up and that chased the bad guys away. The proposed 2016 budget deal makes two highly significant changes Read more...
  • Market Minutes for the week of October 26th 10/30/15
    Market Minutes for the week of October 26th: “The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step with his mind becoming wider and wider and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation persevering in what he knows to be practical and concentrating his thought upon it who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”  — Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone). In a surprise move last Friday, China’s central bank cut both interest rates and the reserve requirement for banks, in a bid to revive slowing growth. The central bank also scrapped its cap on deposit rates for China’s commercial lenders and rural cooperatives, a key move toward the government’s long-promised interest rate liberalization. Friday’s rate cut was the sixth such cut in benchmark interest rates since Read more...

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