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Greece – Where are we now?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  27 Jan 2012

Since our last post about a month ago, markets around the world have rallied strongly, based on perceived better news out of Europe, but also stronger U.S. economic data, as well as hopes that the Federal Reserve will institute another Quantitative Easing Program (QE 3?). We will try to catch up on some of the…

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ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT EUROPE?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  20 Dec 2011

The sovereign debt crisis in Europe seems like the movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray wakes up to the same thing day after day after day. We have been discussing the problems in Europe for almost 2 years now, and it appears we are still a long way from a solution to the problems. What…

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Deal or No Deal? (What is Going on in Europe?)

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  4 Nov 2011

Deal or No Deal? (What is Going on in Europe?) (Beware of Greeks bearing debts)   The big news last week for the markets was that European leaders arrived at a bailout package for Greece. Equity markets breathed a big sigh of relief (at least for a few days) that a full-blown banking crisis affecting…

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WHAT IS OPERATION TWIST AND WHY IS IT BEING DONE?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  3 Oct 2011

Essentially the Federal Reserve will purchase longer term securities (to try to move the long-term interest rate a little lower) that are financed from the sale of short-term securities. The securities they would be buying would most likely be Treasury bonds with 6 to 30 years remaining until maturity and selling Treasury bonds with maturities…

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WHERE DO THINGS STAND IN EUROPE CURRENTLY?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  3 Oct 2011

The ongoing saga of will Greece default or will they get bailed out continues. (For a summary of how we got to where we are today, see here) News and rumors continue to pour out of Europe and the markets continue to twitch on every morsel of information. Over the weekend (September 24-25), there were…

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The European Banking Crisis –How Did it Happen, Where Are We Now?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  2 Sep 2011

We all know what a turbulent ride it has been in the stock market over the last month or so. We hear everywhere that a lot of this is due to the slowdown in the U.S. economy partly due to the debt ceiling fiasco in Washington, but also due to the fear that another recession…

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CAN THEY RAISE THE ROOF?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  19 Jul 2011

Implications of Failure to Raise the US Debt Ceiling Almost everyone is talking about the deadline for Congress to raise the U.S. Debt Ceiling and what would be the ramifications if it doesn’t. The Republicans and Democrats are having a hard time coming to an agreement on this issue. Many Democrats suggest that raising the…

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U-6 Unemployment

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  17 Jun 2011

You often hear about the Headline Unemployment rate (currently 9.1% as of May 2011), which is often the big news release on CNBC, usually the first Friday of every month. The headline rate that is most often reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (the official unemployment rate) is called the U-3 rate. This…

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So is there really inflation?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  27 Apr 2011

The hot topic these days, especially with gasoline over $4.00, and costs for many things rising quickly, is how much inflation is really out there? Food inflation has become more of an issue because of the effect of the world’s weather of late on crops. Gas and oil inflation can be partially attributed to all…

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Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) – A Brief Overview

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  28 Feb 2011

Although Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) have sort of flown under the radar of many investors, over the last couple of years they are beginning to be “discovered” by more and more investors, as well as fund companies looking to profit in this area as well. With an annual total return of 15.5% since 1995 and…

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