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  1. September 16, 2019

      Despite the shock and sharp rally in oil prices due to the Saudi Arabian oil facility attack, there is some underlying good news to consider at this stage of the cycle. [i] The majority of economic releases last week showed improvement from the previous period or… More >>

  2. September 9, 2019

      Regardless of what economic, geopolitical, corporate, Trump tweet, or market-moving event occurs, all equity investors need to be prepared for risk. Risk is the underlying ingredient that creates excess returns over “risk-free” assets like government bonds. Here’s a… More >>

  3. September 3, 2019

      For the first time since the middle of 2008 Financial Crisis, the S&P 500 Dividend Yield is greater than the yield on 5-, 10-, and 30-year treasuries. [i]     Simply put, stocks are paying more income than bonds which is pretty rare. Historically, bonds tend… More >>

  4. August 26, 2019

      President Trump’s remarks concerning his ongoing trade war with China took on epic proportions last week as he simultaneously attacked the Chairman of the Federal Reserve and the President of China Xi Jinping on Friday. [i]     Calling Chairman Xi an “enemy”… More >>

  5. August 19, 2019

      Last week in our blog “What Else Can Go Wrong,” we accurately predicted several outcomes that would increase equity market volatility.  The S&P 500 did, in fact, post another quarter without any earnings growth, as corporate America officially enters an earnings… More >>

  6. August 12, 2019

      The old adage of Murphy’s law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” This probably applies to our current season of worry. Moody’s Chief Economist Mark Zandi sums it up well with the following chart. [i]     It’s not surprising to see the equity… More >>

  7. August 5, 2019

      While we believed a 50 basis-point rate cut was the best course of action, the Federal Reserve ended up cutting rates by the minimal 25 basis points. On July 31, the Fed said:  “In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as… More >>

  8. July 29, 2019

       The U.S. economy expanded by 2.2% in Q2, the slowest pace since Trump announced his global war on trade. [i]     When you break down the four component parts of the U.S. economy, the strengths and weaknesses come into clear focus. [ii]     When you break down… More >>

  9. July 22, 2019

      We’ve written in the past on our view that President Trump is waging a trade war to maximize his influence on the Federal Reserve. Though we believe he is prosecuting a case against China, the uncertainty he is creating in global GDP growth, in our opinion, is causing… More >>

  10. July 15, 2019

     A lot transpired last week as it relates to capital markets and the economy.  Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell almost assured market participants an interest rate cut is inevitable and likely to occur in July.  Chairman Powell made the following statements in his… More >>

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