Month: May 2018

May
29

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Geopolitical uncertainty didn’t dent U.S. stocks last week.

Geopolitics is the intersection of geography, economics, and politics. Last week, there were some fine examples of the ways geopolitical events can create uncertainty. Barron’s reported: “President Donald Trump began the week suggesting that a trade war with China was on hold, before later ordering his administration to explore penalties on imported automobiles. The president…

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May
21

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Too much? Too little? Or just right?

U.S. stock markets were relatively calm, although they finished the week lower. U.S. Treasury yields hit a 7-year high and finished the week above 3 percent. While these were notable, the most remarkable events last week occurred beyond our borders. These include: The Vatican publishing a position paper on financial markets. Its opening was, “Economic…

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May
17

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Happy Buttonwood Agreement Day!

On May 17, 1792, history was made with the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement.  Just sixteen years after America was founded, the New York Stock Exchange was formed beneath the Buttonwood Tree at 68 Wall Street, New York, NY. The mid 1700’s was a time where brokers, merchants and auctioneers bought and sold to one…

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May
14

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Splash!

How do employers lure staff in a tightening labor market? The curly tail grubs and spinnies of the business world are higher wages and better benefits. During the past decade, the employment picture in the United States has shifted dramatically. In mid-2009, 15.4 million unemployed Americans were chasing 2.2 million available jobs. At the end…

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May
07

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What in the world?

A lot happened last week. Some of the notable events included: Trade talks between the United States and China. The talks were described as “frank, efficient, and constructive,” although significant issues have yet to be resolved. A Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The Federal Reserve indicated it expects to raise rates during 2018, but did…

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