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  1. October 2, 2017

    Welcome to the first trading day of the fourth quarter, which means the race for third-quarter earnings has concluded. The third quarter marked another quarter of strong returns in the equity markets.  The Dow Jones Index led all major indices during the quarter with a… More >>

  2. September 25, 2017

    Despite my deep appreciation for the convenience of online shopping, I happened to find myself at two malls this past weekend.  This weekend also happened to be the launch of the new Apple iPhone 8 and the Watch Series 3, so my timing, choosing this weekend of all… More >>

  3. September 18, 2017

    I’m hard-pressed to find anyone who is not aware of the latest data breach of one of the three major three credit reporting agencies, Equifax.  As you know, on Thursday, September 7, Equifax announced that hackers had gained access to company data, potentially… More >>

  4. September 11, 2017

    In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the U.S. economy is likely to incur substantial costs, beyond the costs to those experiencing the immediate effects of these terrible storms.  In terms of macroeconomics, direct costs follow any natural disaster.  In fact,… More >>

  5. September 5, 2017

    In the wake of the flooding in Houston and its surroundings, we watched with pride as people of all walks of life came together to support each other.  However, at the same time, we saw the world order slip a little closer to chaos.  This last week, North Korea… More >>

  6. August 28, 2017

    With only ten companies left to report earnings in the S&P 500, it’s safe to say that it has been a productive earnings season for S&P 500 companies.  Thus far, companies in the index have reported an average increase in earnings of 9.43 percent. [i] This surely… More >>

  7. August 21, 2017

    Over the past eighteen months I have used Uber, the ride-sharing company, over 150 times.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Uber drivers can choose when they work and how long they work while using their own vehicles to make money.  Over the past several months I have… More >>

  8. August 14, 2017

    "Regardless of whether I believe that politics had any hand in the strengthening and weakening of the U.S. dollar, I am going to leave the political commentary aside and instead, focus on what’s recently been happening with the dollar..." More >>

  9. August 7, 2017

    “I thought it would be easier.” – Donald Trump I won’t add to the barrage of voices that discuss the nuances of the Trump Presidency on a daily basis.  You can get plenty of that from almost any media outlet.  However, I think President Trump’s quote reflecting on his… More >>

  10. July 31, 2017

    According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy expanded at a respectable 2.6 percent in Q2. [i] This reverses two-quarters (2016Q4 and 2017Q1) of slowing GDP growth [i], and firmly establishes that the U.S. economy is expanding, albeit at a much slower… More >>

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