Month: November 2014

November
24

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Fed As World Central Bank Fashionista

Pioneer. Trendsetter. Trailblazer. Whatever term you decide to use, there’s no debate about the fact central banks around the world are taking a page or two from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s playbook. The Fed may have ended quantitative easing (QE) – its program of buying government bonds to keep interest rates low and increase money…

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November
17

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Is American Market Optimism Misplaced?

“Is all this stock market optimism a red flag?” Contrarians – investors who bet against prevailing market trends – were probably nodding along as they read that headline in The Wall Street Journal back on January 18, 2013. The Journal cited the American Association of Individual Investor’s (AAII’s) Sentiment Survey, which showed about 46 percent…

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November
10

Provided by: Jon McGraw

A Market Melt-Up, Really?

Is it a melt-up? You’re familiar with the word melt. Ice cream melts. Snow melts. You may have seen someone melt down (or have done it yourself). Right now, markets may be experiencing a melt-up, according to Barron’s. Melt-up is a counterintuitive term which describes a sharp, emotion-driven improvement in market performance. Last June, The…

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November
03

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Central Bank Progressive Party Feast – From U.S. to Japan

Are central banks throwing a progressive party? You know, the kind of party where folks travel from house to house feasting and drinking and enjoying the proffered hospitality. For years pundits have speculated about what will happen to the U.S. stock market party when the spiked punch bowl of quantitative easing is gone. Last week,…

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