Will the United States Become a Bond Haven in 2019?

With Italian bond yields rising quickly from 2 percent to 3 percent since the middle of 2018, it begs the question if the United States will become a bond haven. There are many reasons why the United States Bond Market has the potential to became a refuge for many global investors. According to a 2016 … Continue reading “Will the United States Become a Bond Haven in 2019?”

How Will the Markets be Impacted by Trade in 2019?

With talks of changing existing trade deals by then candidate Donald Trump now a reality with President Trump, America has taken a different path for international trade. Seeing mixed results during negotiations, global and domestic stock markets have been shaken and are subject to ongoing volatility. Today, foreign trade talks are in flux, and it’s … Continue reading “How Will the Markets be Impacted by Trade in 2019?”

Will Billionaire Investor Ray Dalio Be Correct Again?

The majority of the mainstream financial media steers investors to news stories that have little bearing on intermediate and long-term returns. The stories often have a short-term focus, centering on the problem of the day and how it will impact the stock market. Many experts, including the legendary investor Ray Dalio, believe the average investor … Continue reading “Will Billionaire Investor Ray Dalio Be Correct Again?”

Investment Bank Fees Indicate Strong Equity Capital Market Activity

Investment banks can be a good predicator for the health of the market in the near future. Investment banks make the bulk of their money on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and financing activities (bond issuances and syndicated loans). As a result, we can look at investment bank fees and performance as a proxy … Continue reading “Investment Bank Fees Indicate Strong Equity Capital Market Activity”

Speculation of $150 Oil and What it Means for the Markets

Over the past 30 months, the price of a barrel of oil has increased from the mid-$30s to – in recent days – as high as the mid-$70s per barrel. At nearly half the historic $150 per barrel price level nearly 10 years ago, how will the market react if oil reaches $150 again, as … Continue reading “Speculation of $150 Oil and What it Means for the Markets”

Italian Economic Autonomy – What this means for the Eurozone and the Markets

Italy’s newly formed government is a coalition between two populist parties: Lega Nord (the Northern League) and Movimento 5 Stelle (the Five Star Movement). This coalition is floating the idea of issuing the “mini-BOT,” which would amount to a parallel currency to the Euro. In order to understand how this could work, let’s first look … Continue reading “Italian Economic Autonomy – What this means for the Eurozone and the Markets”

Notes from the 2018 Berkshire Shareholders Meeting

The Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders’ Meeting is something of a legend in the investment world. More than just an informational annual meeting, shareholders come from far and wide to listen to the musings of the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, and his partner, Charlie Munger. During the 2018 meeting, both Buffett and Munger discussed their … Continue reading “Notes from the 2018 Berkshire Shareholders Meeting”

Strong Profits and Corporate Tax Cuts Buoy U.S. Markets

As January drew to an end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to surge, extending its rally to log a year-to-date increase of 7.7 percent on Jan. 26. The last Friday of the month also saw record highs for both Nasdaq and the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index. Analysts greeted the news with enthusiasm, though … Continue reading “Strong Profits and Corporate Tax Cuts Buoy U.S. Markets”

Solid Economic Growth and Stellar Tech Earnings

Standoffs with North Korea, three devastating hurricanes at home, escalating political tensions and political crises in Spain and Germany did not make a dent in Wall Street’s bull run in the third quarter of 2017. October did not buck this trend. As the month drew to a close, the U.S. markets hit record highs and … Continue reading “Solid Economic Growth and Stellar Tech Earnings”

 

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