Markets

Selling Stocks Into Short-Term Political Drama Is Costly

Last week stock market investors continued to cling to, if not actually climb, the wall of worry. Stocks were flat for the first week of the government shutdown, but that masks the intraday volatility seen last week as drops were quickly reversed each day. The market moves last week were […]
Selling Stocks Into Short-Term Political Drama Is Costly
Markets

The Stock Market Is Long Overdue For A 5% Pullback

The film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, premiered last week. The story of how the wonderful wizard overcame the risks and prevailed worked its magic on moviegoers and proved popular with a strong box office showing. In the same week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]
The Stock Market Is Long Overdue For A 5% Pullback
Markets

There’s A Gap Growing Between The Health Of America’s Consumers And Businesses

[credit provider=”Flickr/Moment Capture 1″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pat_ossa/4150250985/in/photostream/”] Last week’s data highlighted the growing gap between the health of businesses and consumers that is starting to contribute to a widening gap in the performance of consumer and business-driven stocks, as well.The economic reports released last week covering the time period of January and […]
There’s A Gap Growing Between The Health Of America’s Consumers And Businesses
Markets

Speculation Of A ‘Great Rotation’ Is Premature

The S&P 500 Index closed above 1500 for the first time since 2007 on Friday, January 25, 2013, after rising for eight days in a row—the longest streak of daily gains since a nine-day run ended in 2004. Speculation has emerged that the long-awaited rotation by investors from bonds into […]
Speculation Of A ‘Great Rotation’ Is Premature
Markets

Europe Has Traded Its Financial Crisis For An Economic Crisis

[credit provider=”Jeff Kleintop”] While fourth quarter 2012 earnings results will again garner attention this week, investors may also be looking overseas to gauge market direction, since this week holds the first meeting of the year for European finance ministers.It is worth remembering that each spring for the past three years, […]
Europe Has Traded Its Financial Crisis For An Economic Crisis
Markets

The Fiscal Cliff Isn’t The End Of The World

Given all the news coverage and the drama over what is at stake, it can 
be easy to think of going over the fiscal cliff — as the spending cuts take effect and tax cuts finally expire — as the end of the world.
The Fiscal Cliff Isn’t The End Of The World
Markets

The Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Are A Great Example Of The Prisoners’ Dilemma

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewdlecam/3501280430/”] The advance in the S&P 500, boosted by the latest three weeks of consecutive gains, is at risk if negotiations over the tax increases and spending cuts, known as the fiscal cliff, make no progress in the coming weeks.The fiscal cliff negotiations between the two parties in Washington are reminiscent […]
The Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Are A Great Example Of The Prisoners’ Dilemma