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Chinese Finger Trap

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, Uncategorized  |  20 Aug 2015

WHAT DOES DEVALUATION OF THE YUAN MEAN FOR US? The Chinese finger trap gag has been used for years to play jokes on unsuspecting kids and adults for years. It is a simple puzzle that traps the victim’s fingers in both ends of a cylinder made of woven bamboo. The harder you pull out on…

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1972 – A look through the “World Book”

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  17 Feb 2015

(The pocket calculator was a hot item in 1972 and prices had come all the way down to around $60) Now that football season is over, and it is too cold to really do anything outside, many weekends are spent fixing things around the house or cleaning rooms that have not been cleaned or de-clutterized…

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CRUDE AWAKENINGS

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  17 Dec 2014

(GOODBYE RUBLE TUESDAY) There were a myriad of titles we could have used to describe the precipitous drop in oil prices recently and the fallout effects it is having on countries whose livelihoods depend on a higher price for oil. There has also been a new verb created due to the effects on the Russian…

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So This is Normal?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  15 Oct 2014

Unless you have been incommunicado the last few days and weeks, you no doubt, are aware of a lot of consternation in the stock market. What’s causing this? How long is this going to last? Is the market going to crash? Will the Federal Reserve ride to the rescue? What do I do? We wish…

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El Niño – Is it Blowing Our Way?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  6 Jun 2014

After the record breaking severe winter the Midwest experienced, most people probably are not ready for more wild weather anytime soon.  However, there are growing probabilities that an El Niño is forming in the Pacific Ocean. Recent readings of water temperature just below the surface have been picking up a significant increase in water temperature….

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  10 Apr 2014

Cartoon by Schillerstrom (Source) The rock band REM wrote the song, What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?, back in the early 90’s in reference to an incident in 1986. Two men attacked Dan Rather, the CBS news and 60 minutes reporter, and kept repeating that phrase over and over. This tidbit of information has nothing to do…

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What Exactly is Bitcoin?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  15 Jan 2014

By now, you have almost assuredly heard of bitcoin, the digital currency that is rapidly gaining acceptance over the internet, and also more recently with some more traditional stores as well. But, you may have no idea what bitcoin actually is or much about it. Well, let’s change that and talk a little bit about…

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Debt Ceilings, Sequesters & Shutdowns, Oh My!

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  1 Nov 2013

Well, the U.S. has avoided a dreaded default on its obligations due to the debt ceiling limitation. But, for how long will the relative calm last? The good news is that the government shutdown is over for now and Social Security checks will continue to go out. Also Panda Cam which was a victim of…

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TAPER, TAPER, TOIL & TROUBLE

Not to be confused with a tapir, which is a large browsing mammal similar in shape to a pig that roams the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia. The word taper or tapering has received a whole lot of attention lately after Ben Bernanke announced at the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting…

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Is The Great 30 Year Bond Bull Market Over – Part 2

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  6 May 2013

What Effect Will It Have On Bonds and Bond Funds When the first part of this article was written back in the middle of February, everyone was screaming that interest rates were going to continue higher and the bond bull market that has lasted for over 30 years was over. My, what a difference two…

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