Month: June 2015

June
29

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Greece’s Debt—A Grexhausting Tale

Not quite as popular as Branjelina and Kimye, “Grexit” (short for “Greek exit”) has gained traction as a nickname during the past few months. The British press appropriated a variation, Brexit, when they discovered that the Bank of England was researching the potential risks of renegotiating membership in the European Union, or possibly even leaving…

Continue Reading

June
22

Provided by: Jon McGraw

China’s Seven-Year Itch

You’re probably familiar with the seven-year itch. Not the movie with Marilyn Monroe, but the concept that relationships can lose their luster after seven years. That may be what happened last week in China. Investors got itchy and the Chinese stock market suffered its worst week since 2008. The Shanghai Composite lost more than 13…

Continue Reading

June
15

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Concerns over Federal Rate Hikes and Greece Default

Sir John Templeton once said: “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria.” If he was right, investor sentiment seems to support the idea that the bull market may be around for a while. The American Association of Individual Investors’ most recent poll indicated investors aren’t feeling…

Continue Reading

June
08

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Bonds, Fiscal Space and Government Debt

If it looks like a bond, and it acts like a bond … oh, that’s the problem. Government bonds aren’t acting the way investors expect. Last week, 10-year U.S. Treasuries—which, typically, are thought to be safe and stable investments—suffered the biggest one-week sell-off since June 2013, according to The Wall Street Journal. Treasuries finished the…

Continue Reading

June
02

Provided by: Jon McGraw

An Economic Optical Illusion?

On Friday, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy contracted at an annualized rate of 0.7 percent during the first quarter of 2015. The Federal Reserve sees things slightly differently. The Markets Previously, the Commerce Department had reported our gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in…

Continue Reading

June
01

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Uncertain Times Shouldn’t Dictate Your Long-Term Investment Strategy

Recent worldwide political events could potentially alter global markets: the re-election of Prime Minister David Cameron and his promise to re-evaluate whether the U.K. should remain an EU member, the Obama Asia trade push and the rise of ISIS, just to name a few. Unpredictable outcomes become fodder for the curious investor: “How will my…

Continue Reading

 MLB Baseball Jerseys