Month: March 2015

March
30

Provided by: Jon McGraw

The Question That Plagues Investors

So when is the Federal Reserve going to increase the rate for overnight borrowing? It’s a question that has plagued bond investors throughout the first quarter of 2015. In January, 10-year Treasury yields fell as low as 1.6 percent. Early in March, they rose to about 2.2 percent before falling back below 2.0 percent. The…

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March
23

Provided by: Jon McGraw

A Round of Applause for the Federal Reserve

Financial markets gave the Federal Reserve a standing ovation last week. At least, that was Barron’s interpretation. What did the Fed do to deserve it? “… the Fed did what everyone expected, signaling that it could raise interest rates at any meeting starting in June. Yet, Yellen and team still found a way to assure…

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March
16

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Stock Market Stumbles over the Word “Patient”

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address was delivered in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression. He said, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning,…

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March
09

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Good News Is Bad News for the Market

If you looked at last week from the perspective of the children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, it might have gone like this: If you give the United States a positive employment report, investors are going to ask whether interest rates will move higher. When they conclude the Federal Reserve may increase…

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March
03

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Tax Preparation Checklist

It’s that time of year again—tax time. Even if you outsource your tax preparation to a professional, that doesn’t mean that you’re totally off the hook as far as work to do. After all, your tax professional won’t be able to properly prepare your taxes if they don’t have all the relevant information at hand….

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March
02

Provided by: Jon McGraw

An Alice in Wonderland Week in the World Market

“Well, I never heard it before,” said the Mock Turtle, “but it sounds like uncommon nonsense.” It was an Alice in Wonderland week in the marketplace: European countries, companies and entrepreneurs were getting paid to borrow money, and ordinary Joes with money in European banks got letters stating that banks will now be charging them…

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