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Episode VII – The Fed Awakens

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  18 Dec 2015

By: Jon Aldrich The big event that millions of people have been waiting for months and even years to occur and which has not happened in almost a decade happened this week. The new Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens” was released in theaters across the world this week to the delight of many who…

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Has Gold Reached a Bottom Yet?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  1 Dec 2015

By: Jon Aldrich I always get a chuckle when I hear an ad on the radio or TV that says that now is the time to sell your gold jewelry, as the price has never been higher. Or the commercials on CNBC that keep trying to peddle gold coins because the price of gold keeps…

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3-2-1-No Lift Off

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  25 Sep 2015

By: Jon Aldrich After several weeks of anticipation by market participants, many thought that Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve would raise short term interest rates from near 0% to 0.25%. However, they decided to hold off on raising rates until possibly, October, December, 2016, never? With the recent market turmoil not only here in…

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Update on Recent Market Action

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  24 Aug 2015

By: Jon Aldrich You are by no doubt by now aware of the stock market having an awful week last week dropping by more than 5%. Today (Monday) brought even more selling, with the Dow Jones dropping by more than 1,000 points on the open and the S & P 500 losing more than 7%…

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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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