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What Can We Expect in the 2nd Half of 2021?

By Jon Aldrich The 1st half of 2021 was a heck of a lot less eventful than the first half of 2020. As we all vividly remember last year with the COVID crash of February and March when the S & P 500 dropped nearly 35% in a month. 2021 by comparison has been a…

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Inflation – Return of the Boogeyman?

by Jon Aldrich For those of you old enough to recall the 1970’s, a couple of things probably come to mind for you. One might be bell bottoms or long lines at the gas pump or maybe even Kojak, but I have a sneaking suspicion that high inflation might be at the foremost of your…

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NFT’s – Non-Fungible Tokens

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  15 Apr 2021

Let’s look at the latest investment (speculation?) craze By Jon  Aldrich The image above, known as “Everydays, the first 5000 Days”, by the digital-artist who goes by the name “Beeple” recently sold for an unfathomable $69 million on a Christie’s art auction. No, this is not an actual work of art on a canvas, it…

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And Now The Hangover…

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  4 Feb 2021

In a Matter of Days, the Reddit gains are Gone By Jon Aldrich It sure was one heck of a party while it lasted, but like any big bash where you had the time of your life, you have to “Pay the Fiddler” in the morning. So it seems to be with the investors (if…

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Party Like It’s 1999!

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  29 Jan 2021

Bubbles like GameStop have Happened Before and Will Again By Jon Aldrich By now, I am sure you have been made aware of all the commotion surrounding a company called GameStop (GME) and the crazy behavior of its stock the last couple of weeks and similar behavior in a handful of other “troubled” stocks such…

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BINGO!

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  2 Nov 2020

2020 is Proving to be a Banner Year for Apocalypse Bingo By Jon Aldrich For most of us, 2020 is going to be a year that none of us will soon forget. It just seems like one awful thing after another just keeps occurring in a year that we’ll all be happy to put behind…

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Elections Have Consequences

How do Stock Markets Perform Depending on Who is in Charge? By Jon Aldrich Many of us watched the raging dumpster fire that passed for a Presidential Debate on Tuesday night. But, then again, hasn’t this whole year of 2020 been a dumpster fire? Maybe a wrestling match between the two would have been better!…

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Remember When Savings Accounts Used to Pay Interest?

A Look at the Puny Yields on Savings & Money Market Accounts These Days By Jon Aldrich Low interest rates have been around for quite a while, ever since the Financial Crisis of 2008 when rates were lowered to combat the Great Recession. I guess we have got accustomed to getting nil on “safe” money…

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Not Out of the Woods Yet

Markets have settled down for the most part, but is it just temporary? By Jon Aldrich Even though we are still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the quick actions of Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve and fiscal programs such as the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) provision…

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Did the Inverted Yield Curve Predict the Pandemic?

Last Year’s Yield Curve Inversion Proves Surprisingly True By Jon Aldrich Do you recall all the hubbub in the media and in print about the Yield Curve Inverting last year and that a recession was probably just around the corner? At the time the stock market was rolling, the housing market was booming and unemployment…

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