Media Hype/Myths

Top Market Stories of 2007

By, 12/31/2007
A look back at the top market stories of 2007.read more
Others

Top Market Myths of 2007

By, 12/28/2007
2007 felt like a tumultuous year, but stocks worldwide held their ground and so did the economy. A recounting of the year's top worries that never materialized.read more
Others

MarketMinder’s Best of 2007

By, 12/27/2007
A look back at the best 2007 MarketMinder daily commentaries.read more
Austin Fraser
Reality Check

Reality Check: You Get What You Pay For

By, 12/26/2007
It's safe to say everyone likes a good deal, but government subsidies often turn out to be more than we bargained for.read more
Currencies

What Dollar Story?

By, 12/26/2007
2007 was a year of hand-wringing about the dollar's demise. With just a few days left in the year, it turns out the dollar wasn't so weak after all.read more
US Economy

Recession Confusion

By, 12/24/2007
Headlines, polls, feelings—none of these are good indicators of a coming recession. Instead, you must look at the hard data to know if we're in recession.read more
Politics

Did Nothing

By, 12/21/2007
2007 was a year of political rhetoric in the US where virtually nothing got done.read more
Emerging Markets

Propped Up

By, 12/20/2007
A burgeoning belief among investors that foreign countries are "propping up” US markets today is pure mythology. read more
Others

Strength from Weakness

By, 12/19/2007
Where many interpret recent central bank and sovereign wealth fund action as ominous, we see signs of incredible strength, versatility, and durability in today's global markets.read more
Forecasting

Groundhog Day 2008

By, 12/18/2007
Many of the market gurus have made their 2008 stock market predictions. Before making your own, we'd advise some critical thinking and skepticism.read more
Investor Sentiment

You Call that Volatility?

By, 12/17/2007
There's nothing unusual or alarming about recent market volatility. Though we may not remember it this way, market volatility is normal and should be expected.read more
Investor Sentiment

Odds On

By, 12/14/2007
Those looking for the "odds” of a recession are barking up the wrong tree. Economies are not games of chance.read more
Investor Sentiment

The Willie Loman Effect

By, 12/13/2007
The newest rationale to be bearish is possibly the silliest yet: A vicious cycle-induced recession. read more
John Hulcher
Unconventional Wisdom

Technical Paralysis

By, 12/12/2007
Relying on technical indicators alone for market forecasting is potentially treacherous. There is no pure technical method proven to deliver practical long-term value as a primary driver in portfolio management.read more
Investor Sentiment

But Wait, There’s More

By, 12/12/2007
America's and Europe's central banks have coordinated in an innovative way to make capital available to troubled banks, which highlights the variety of liquidity sources available today for banks.read more
US Economy

Feel the Flow

By, 12/11/2007
Investors dread decreasing home prices will translate to lower net worth and slower consumer spending. But the Federal Reserve's latest report on the US household reveals the largely unappreciated strength and vigor of the American consumer.read more
US Economy

MarketMinder’s Letter to Santa

By, 12/10/2007
As 2007 draws to a close, we consider just a few of the market conditions that could help fuel a continued global equity bull market.read more
US Economy

Resilience

By, 12/07/2007
Pearl Harbor reminds us of the resiliency, strength, and versatility of the United States and its citizens. By comparison, today's perceived economic problems are mere trifles.read more
US Economy

Recession Quiz

By, 12/06/2007
Folks seem to believe the US is headed for a recession. We'd bet most of those folks would fail our quiz.read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

In the Zone

By, 12/06/2007
Special Economic Zones are all the rage in the Emerging Markets. But do they help or hinder global economic development? read more
Others

A BIG Year

By, 12/05/2007
2007 looks like a banner year for big cap stocks. But just because big caps are leading today doesn't mean betting on them looking ahead is a sure thing.read more
US Economy

A Million a Minute

By, 12/04/2007
Investors commonly fear the US government is over-indebted, particularly to foreigners, and this poses an economic threat. However, our government is largely indebted to Americans, and currently, our debt load isn't worrisome.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Super Ben, Part Deux

By, 12/03/2007
As the FOMC prepares to meet, the media predicts they'll drop rates again to help "save” the economy from a credit crunch. We continue to view credit crisis fears as overblown and largely psychological.read more
Politics

Blunder Now Alliance

By, 11/30/2007
A new proposal to aid those in mortgage default danger is bad economics and bad public policy.read more
Investor Sentiment

The Exclusionary Economy (Everyone but Me!)

By, 11/29/2007
As sentiment plunges toward multi-year lows, positive economic news continues to flow in—a uniquely bullish scenario for stocks.read more
Others

Earnings Dilemma

By, 11/28/2007
The first negative quarter for earnings growth in over five years has many investors running for the hills, but a close look at the data reveals bullish conclusions for stocks.read more
Others

Dopey Dow Theory

By, 11/27/2007
A time-tested concept says a new bear market's at hand—but there are good reasons to distrust the Dow Theory.read more
Developed Markets

Outback Ouster

By, 11/26/2007
Australia's new leader, Kevin Rudd, talks a big game of change and reform, but when the political dust settles, expect the status quo.read more
Globalization

Imagine: The Gaia Economy

By, 11/23/2007
Globalization has made iconic baby-boomer utopian images of world unity closer to reality than ever.read more
Doug Regner
Repeatable History

Thanks, Ayn

By, 11/21/2007
On the 50th anniversary of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, we should give thanks for our individual liberties.read more
Others

The Greatest Prosperity

By, 11/21/2007
Free market economies are the alchemical conduits of progress and wealth for individuals and societies alike.read more
Others

Freddie Fretting

By, 11/20/2007
The trend of overblown fears tied to a credit crisis continued today with Freddie Mac's $2 billion loss announcement.read more
Politics

Six Degrees of Tax Policy

By, 11/19/2007
Contrary to popular opinion, a Democrat President and Congress doesn't guarantee a tax hike. Rather, it's conceivable the Democrats maintain the tax cuts for political leverage.read more
Others

Mis-behavior-ing

By, 11/16/2007
Breakthroughs in neuroscience are spawning powerful insights for approaches to economics and investing. But like any new tool, it can easily cause as much damage as good. Tread lightly.read more
Others

All in Thain

By, 11/15/2007
The continued trend of risk averse, wet blanket CEOs is an indication of today's dour market sentiment, not economic peril. Merrill Lynch's hiring of John Thain is the latest example.read more
Others

So Goes Jay-Z

By, 11/14/2007
No one's immune from weak dollar fears—but fears don't translate into fundamental trouble for markets or economies. Weak or strong, the dollar doesn't dictate stock market direction.read more
Others

Writing-Off Write-Downs

By, 11/13/2007
Maybe today ended the recent spate of negative market volatility, maybe not. Either way, investors will eventually wake up to the fact so-called "toxic” debt assets are worth far more than currently perceived.read more
Others

A Capital Gainsay

By, 11/12/2007
Many fear higher tax rates after the 2008 election. But no matter the outcome, the benefits of compounding interest are too great to attempt short-term market timing to avoid a potential, future tax hike.read more
Developed Markets

A Government Sponsored Bank Run?

By, 11/09/2007
In a bizarre twist of irony, the British government exacerbated credit problems by blocking a merger between banks earlier this year. The episode underscores both the perils of government intervention and the gross misunderstanding of today's so-called "credit crunch.”read more
US Economy

The Secret Testimony of Big Ben

By, 11/08/2007
Bernanke's testimony to Congress today depicted a resilient economy with plenty of capital markets-based mechanisms to ballast the soft housing market. Too bad many chose to hear a different message.read more
Market Risks

Dour as It Gets

By, 11/07/2007
Stocks took a walloping today as media coverage of the economy reached its most dour levels of the year. But volatile markets and grim headlines are nothing new for this bull market.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Credit Crunch II: A Box Office Flop!

By, 11/06/2007
A new narrative has emerged from the media hype machine: Credit Crunch Part II. Like all bad sequels, this one has even less substance than the original.read more
Geopolitics

China's Fabulous Moolah

By, 11/05/2007
China's historic bull market run-up probably has further to climb, but investors should use extreme caution before making a foray into Chinese equities. read more
Others

Guilty by Association

By, 11/02/2007
Individual stocks are highly correlated with their sectors, countries, and the market. Thus, investors must take a broader view than simply studying specific companies. Today's Capital Markets stocks are a great example.read more
Others

Bumpy, Lumpy Bulls

By, 11/01/2007
Stock market volatility is perfectly normal—up and down. Allowing market choppiness to predicate investment decisions is simply wrong.read more
Others

Metaxic Imbalance

By, 10/31/2007
It's been a great day for the US economy. Too bad few (including Fed officials) appreciate it.read more
KC Ellis
The Advisor's Corner

New (Time) Horizons

By, 10/31/2007
Time horizon is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts pertaining to portfolio construction. Let's take a closer look at how to determine your time horizon and discuss why it has such a dramatic impact on determining an appropriate portfolio strategy.read more
Others

Is Oil Finally Too High?

By, 10/30/2007
Are oil prices finally high enough to stifle the economy? In a word, no.read more
Others

The Exorcist

By, 10/29/2007
Just in time for Halloween, Wall Street is once again exorcising the demons of credit crunches past.read more
Others

Is Tech for Real?

By, 10/26/2007
Tech stocks have been on a tear. Is the rally for real, or just a post-correction countertrend?read more
Politics

Rangel Rouser

By, 10/25/2007
One of the most ridiculous tax bills in US history was proposed today. Good thing it has no chance of passing.read more
US Economy

Earnings Breather Not a Bear Harbinger

By, 10/24/2007
Reported US corporate earnings are weak so far in the third quarter, but a close look at the numbers and proper perspective reveals this doesn't signal a new bear market. read more
Politics

Futile Congressional Fixes

By, 10/23/2007
Congress is at it again. Their proposed fixes for troubled subprime borrowers are unlikely to solve anything, and most likely will have unintended, negative consequences.read more
Media Hype/Myths

The Real Credit Story

By, 10/22/2007
Long-term rates have been moving lower lately, a remarkable story almost entirely ignored by the media.read more
Others

Flaming Kamikaze Squirrels! (And Other Anomalies)

By, 10/19/2007
This week's market volatility is being compared to Black Monday 20 years ago. In reality, the dissimilarities are many and stocks remain a great value.read more
Austin Fraser
Reality Check

Hyped Up on Hooch

By, 10/18/2007
Nearly three quarters of a century after the end of Prohibition, bootleggers are making a comeback. This time, though, they're turning that corn hooch into fuel, not moonshine. read more
Behavioral Finance

Proof of Theory

By, 10/18/2007
Investors would be wise to abandon theories and stick to the facts when making portfolio decisions.read more
Alternative Investments

Don’t Stifle the Prudent!

By, 10/17/2007
Pervasive misunderstanding of derivatives markets is fueling fears of financial instability. In fact, the role of derivatives is just the opposite.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Same Old Song and Dance

By, 10/16/2007
Two days of stock market weakness spawned resurgence in well-worn fears…and little more.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Ghost of October Past

By, 10/15/2007
Similarities between today and October 1987 abound. But for as many superficial similarities the media highlights, there are as many or more fundamental differences.read more
Others

Leave it to The Mavericks

By, 10/12/2007
The M&A and share buyback boom is set to resume on the strength of market fundamentals and the leadership of "maverick” business leaders willing to re-set the trend.read more
Taxes

Hail to the Tax Cuts

By, 10/11/2007
Big proposed tax changes and political turmoil in Britain may turn out to be a tempest in a teapot. A simpler tax system may be in the cards for Britain, but British politicians have a long time to foul up positive proposals.read more
David Eckerly
Into Perspective

From Tower of Greed to Wall of Worry

By, 10/10/2007
A child-simple tale for understanding the two stalwarts of investor sentiment. read more
Market Cycles

Happy Anniversary!

By, 10/10/2007
Yesterday the bull market celebrated its fifth anniversary. Hooray! Too bad few are noticing what a great run it's been. read more
Market Risks

The Real Risks

By, 10/09/2007
Sensational headlines about subprime woes, a weak dollar, the "credit crisis,” etc., distract investors from seeing legitimate market risks. But never fear—the risks we identify here are unlikely to develop into major market negatives at this point. read more
Politics

Global Politics Update

By, 10/08/2007
While the media focuses on the US 2008 presidential election, many forget the importance of politics on global stock returns. Today, an update and analysis on global politics.read more
Doug Regner
Repeatable History

California Hates the Poor

By, 10/05/2007
Punitive and perverse tax structures are punishing California's lower income citizens, and driving precious tax revenue out of the state. read more
Media Hype/Myths

What a Week!

By, 10/05/2007
While headlines about Britney losing custody of her kids dominated front pages, few are taking note of stocks' stellar run. But it's not all good news—rising protectionist sentiment is also lurking in the background.read more
Politics

Veto Power

By, 10/04/2007
Politicians continue to hem and haw, but no legislation of consequence has passed in 2007—a great thing for stocks. Bush's veto of new healthcare legislation is the latest example. read more
Others

A Good Bad Quarter

By, 10/03/2007
It felt like a summer of turmoil, but the third quarter of 2007 was much better for stocks than it seemed.read more
Personal Finance

Live Long and Prosper

By, 10/02/2007
By not assuming a long enough time horizon or trying to "get conservative,” many investors make critical investing errors seriously impacting their ability to meet long-term investing goals.read more
Market Risks

October Horrors

By, 10/01/2007
Is another Black Monday waiting for investors this October? Probably not, but expect to see endless headlines warning of coming trouble tied to the 20th anniversary. read more
US Economy

Mind the Gap

By, 09/28/2007
Politicians have it backwards. Debt is not a societal negative. It's a vital economic driver, and having access to credit makes society wealthier overall.read more
US Economy

Vector Investing

By, 09/27/2007
Large and diverse economies (such as the US) require huge dislocations to impede economic growth—most concerns like subprime and new housing supply simply aren't big enough to matter.read more
Currencies

Dollar Doldrums Don’t Mean Diddly for Stocks

By, 09/26/2007
Headlines fretting over the falling dollar are both overblown and lack power to curtail the bull market in stocks.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Ask the Question

By, 09/25/2007
Questioning common media storylines can prevent some potentially costly investing errors. Frequently, news stories are built on hype and conjecture, not historically valid data.read more
Inflation

Chinese Inflation

By, 09/24/2007
China's inflation rate is soaring. While that's unlikely to derail China's economy in the near term or infect the global economy with higher prices, the problem underscores a still fragile and developing nation fraught with peril for investors.read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

Basel II: The Rise of Risk Assessment

By, 09/21/2007
While it's true most movie sequels flop at the box office, Basel II, the international banking standard follow-up, will have a better fate.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Hug a Journalist

By, 09/21/2007
The media's sentiment hasn't improved, which is good news for a market driven by strong positive fundamentals.read more
Media Hype/Myths

The Could Headlines

By, 09/20/2007
With the faux credit crisis quickly becoming yesterday's news, the financial press is scrambling to find the next great fear-mongering and speculative story. read more
US Economy

Ben to the Fake Rescue!

By, 09/19/2007
Yesterday's Fed action won't have much impact, which is good news, since our healthy economy requires no rescuing. read more
Interest Rates

Saving the Day (And Not Much Else)

By, 09/18/2007
Today's semi-surprise rate cut of 0.5% by the Federal Reserve featured some bewildering messages, but on balance the move will probably do little to bolster or hinder the economy other than provide a short-term psychological boost.read more
Developed Markets

Britain Rocked

By, 09/17/2007
Troubled British lender Northern Rock isn't evidence of systemic woes in Britain or elsewhere. read more
Interest Rates

Small Cuts Don’t Much Matter

By, 09/14/2007
Expectations for a Fed interest rate cut to "save” the economy next week are overblown. Cut or no cut, it makes little economic difference—today's fervor over Fed meetings is more about psychology than reality. read more
Capitalism

The Bigger the Better

By, 09/13/2007
A big trade deficit isn't an economic negative requiring a government fix. Rather, it can be symptomatic of dynamic economic health. Developed nations running trade deficits have had better economic growth than surplus nations.read more
Politics

Japan’s Benny Hill

By, 09/12/2007
Fraught with scandal, gaffes, and general embarrassment, the end of Japanese Prime Minister Abe's reign was closer akin to watching Benny Hill shuffle around the stage than a dignified exit. Antics aside, this doesn't appear to be a crippling event for stock markets or the Japanese economy.read more
Michael Hanson
Neuro-economics

The Myth of One

By, 09/12/2007
The human brain likes to simplify problems and make clear distinctions. That's a problem for investors in a world where many factors matter.read more
Behavioral Finance

Fear

By, 09/11/2007
Acts of terrorism are vile, tragic and significant. But they've accomplished little in the way of decimating the free-market capitalist economies of the west, which today thrive at a near unprecedented pace six years after 9/11.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Main Street, Bling Street?

By, 09/10/2007
The media's contradictory views are driven more by fear than fundamentals. Investors are better served by focusing on fundamentals over the long term.read more
US Economy

Belaboring Labor

By, 09/07/2007
Today's jobs report was indeed negative, but when the hype is cleared away it doesn't amount to much.read more
US Economy

Our Callous Economy

By, 09/06/2007
News about increasing foreclosures may not be as bad as you think because weakness in the housing sector isn't enough to materially hamper America's economy.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Peeling the Onion

By, 09/05/2007
When media gloom disengages from positive economic reality (like today), it's usually a great time to buy stocks.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Recession Risks? Inconceivable!

By, 09/04/2007
No matter what the media claims, recession is not in the eye of the beholder.read more
Others

Laboring Through Summer, Part 2

By, 08/31/2007
On the eve of Labor Day weekend, Part 2 of MarketMinder's look at the economics of labor.read more
KC Ellis
The Advisor's Corner

Exchange Traded Funds

By, 08/30/2007
What are ETFs and how are they used? Some answers to common ETF questions.read more
Others

Laboring Through Summer, Part 1

By, 08/30/2007
As summer unofficially closes, it's a good time to remember the tenets of Capitalism and free market economics that helped make US labor one of the most versatile, productive, and wealthy workforces in the world.read more
US Economy

Partners in Debt

By, 08/29/2007
Think the US or UK has too much debt? Think again.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Grumpy Journos, Happy Market

By, 08/28/2007
When media headlines are uniformly dour, it's not proof of hard times ahead. Rather, it's likely just the opposite!read more
Investor Sentiment

They’d Rather Be in the Casket

By, 08/27/2007
A recent survey shows folks fear an impending credit crunch more than the specter of terrorism. Meanwhile, T-bill rates are climbing back toward the Fed Funds rate—both very bullish signals.read more
Investor Sentiment

Sentimental Silliness

By, 08/24/2007
Investors are too flaky to bank on short-term shifts in sentiment.read more
Glenn Downer
Across the Atlantic

Europe’s Unintended Brown Thumb

By, 08/24/2007
With ever-increasing global competition, environmental targets that are too expensive and difficult to achieve could drive more of Europe's manufacturing base to browner pastures—creating economic and ecological net losses in the process. read more
US Economy

Best Credit Crunch Ever!

By, 08/23/2007
Catcalls for a world economy in crisis on fears of the supposed credit crunch are getting sillier by the day as hard evidence of stability and strength piles on.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Jump the Shark

By, 08/22/2007
Has the market jumped the shark? Tune in to find out.read more
Market Cycles

Who Wants to be Normal?

By, 08/21/2007
When you were young, did you dream that one day you would grow up to be fairly normal? Maybe you really set your sights high and hoped to live an amazingly average life? No? We didn't think so.read more
Interest Rates

Are We There Yet?

By, 08/20/2007
What do corrections and family vacations have in common? Way too much.read more
Interest Rates

The Fed’s Talisman

By, 08/17/2007
Today's rate cut from the Fed is more symbolic than it is potent…but it may prove to be just the antidote for today's skittish investor sentiment.read more
Market Risks

Fed Focus

By, 08/16/2007
Will the Fed save the day? Better question, do they need to? read more
Media Hype/Myths

Market Efficiency and the Bard

By, 08/15/2007
Every so often, when financial headlines become particularly histrionic, it's good to revisit MarketMinder's principles for navigating the media.read more
Market Risks

Bearing with Bulls

By, 08/14/2007
Is there anything that could make us bearish right now? Sure, but none seem very likely at the moment.read more
Others

Bad Conation

By, 08/13/2007
When investors get jittery, they tend to believe one issue, and one issue only, moves stocks. That's a classic sign of a bull market correction and not a new bear. read more
Investor Sentiment

Pray for Panic

By, 08/10/2007
Pray for more investor panic. Bigger panic leads to bigger bounces.read more
Interest Rates

Blood in the Alleys

By, 08/09/2007
The freak-outs continue. Dread that credit blood is flowing in the streets of the global economy received another seeming affirmation today. read more
Brendan Erne
The Global View

Let Free Trade Take its Course

By, 08/08/2007
MarketMinder is excited to present this week's guest columnist, Brendan Erne: For years, technology products have been a shining example of the power of free trade and globalization. Today new tariffs and protectionist measures are threatening that trend.read more
Market Risks

Free Trade Imperiled

By, 08/08/2007
Is Congress trying to make the media's baseless proclamations that the US economy is dead come true?read more
Others

Summer Reading

By, 08/07/2007
With today's Fed's statement behind us and the market's nicely positive reaction, now's a good time to turn bibliophilic and get to that summer reading.read more
Others

No Credit Messiah Necessary

By, 08/06/2007
The market is expecting a savior, but this week's Fed meeting likely won't provide much in the way of a credit messiah. That's ok because markets didn't need saving in the first place.read more
US Economy

Corrective Measures

By, 08/03/2007
Our daddies told us there'd be days like this. The S&P 500 took a whooping today, capping what's been a tumultuous couple weeks in the market. But don't let a few days' frightening downside volatility scare you away from stocks just yet.read more
Others

Notes on an Energy Boom

By, 08/02/2007
The global boom in energy prices, profits, and stock appreciation isn't done yet.read more
David Eckerly
Into Perspective

A Passing Storm

By, 08/02/2007
Thousands of years after the Greek pantheon of gods was created, humans still haven't moved past the tendency to ascribe mythological causes to scary events we don't fully understand.read more
Trade

Free Markets...Anyone? Anyone?

By, 08/01/2007
Would Ferris Bueller approve of Chinese tariffs? We think not.read more
Brendan Erne
The Global View

Let Free Trade Take Its Course

By, 08/01/2007
For years, technology products have been a shining example of the power of free trade and globalization. Today new tariffs and protectionist measures are threatening that trend.read more
US Economy

In the Meantime

By, 07/31/2007
As the stock markets work through jitters about a credit crunch and subprime, recent aggregate economic news has been very encouraging.read more
Developed Markets

Is the LDP DOA?

By, 07/30/2007
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a stunning defeat in the upper house election on Sunday, giving up control in the chamber to the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. What does it mean for global stocks?read more
Others

Is the LDP DOA?

By, 07/30/2007
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a stunning defeat in the upper house election on Sunday, giving up control in the chamber to the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. What does it mean for global stocks?read more
Media Hype/Myths

The (Credit) Party We Weren’t Invited To

By, 07/27/2007
For all of this week's hubbub about credit problems and their wider implications for the economy, a dearth of real facts have emerged to corroborate the notion. Corporate balance sheets are in great shape and liquidity remains plentiful.read more
Interest Rates

Debt Disambiguation

By, 07/26/2007

News of a faltering credit environment persists, but fundamentals still appear conducive to a robust cash-based M&A market. This week's equity sell-off is likely normal turbulence and not a harbinger of a credit crunch, or a new bear market.

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Doug Regner
Repeatable History

You Could Be a Part-Time Model

By, 07/26/2007
It's a bull market folks, and things could scarcely be better for stocks. Never mind this bull market actually began in 2003, now your portfolio is really gaining steam and you've finally taken notice.read more
Politics

Presidential Popularity Contest

By, 07/25/2007
How will President Bush's tanking popularity impact the stock market this year?read more
Behavioral Finance

High Comedy

By, 07/24/2007
All joking aside, a good sense of humor is vital for investing success.read more
Others

The MarketMinder Guide to MarketMinder

By, 07/23/2007
Ever wondered what you're supposed to do with stories you're supposed to ignore?read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

The Paparazzi Economy

By, 07/20/2007
We Americans rightfully take a great deal of pride in our economic prowess, so it's understandable to feel a ping of jealousy reading the US's role in the global economy has diminished. read more
Inflation

“Just Doing Our Job, Ma’am”

By, 07/20/2007
Investor confusion abounds over what's routine and what's truly a worry for the Fed.read more
Behavioral Finance

Height Fright

By, 07/19/2007
New market highs trigger an instinctual, but potentially dangerous, reaction in investors—fear of heights.read more
Others

Commercial Amnesia

By, 07/18/2007
Investors are predominantly focused on residential housing statistics, but many fail to realize commercial real estate is almost as big…and it's booming.read more
Media Hype/Myths

News Update

By, 07/17/2007

Meaningful bullish news emerged from just about all corners of the economy today. Remember talk just six months ago about a recession? Hard landings? Soft landings? Those stories seem to be a thing of the past.

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Media Hype/Myths

Wall of Worries

By, 07/16/2007
Markets climb a wall of worry, but how can investors tell worries to ignore from legitimate worries? read more
Others

Crowd Deification

By, 07/13/2007
Markets are great! But let's not deify them.read more
Others

Credit Crisis Conundrum

By, 07/12/2007
Are we facing a coming credit crisis? Or is the real crisis a disappointing lack of working calculators in most major newsrooms?read more
Geopolitics

Pricing Armed Conflict

By, 07/11/2007
International military conflicts and terrorism can sometimes have a big impact on stocks. But probably not exactly in the way you'd think. read more
Lara Hoffmans
Inconvenient Truths

An Army of Willing Dupes

By, 07/11/2007
Recently, while waiting to pay an exorbitant premium for organic tomatoes at Whole Foods, I had a revelation. No, it wasn't that the marketing term "organic” is simply the most impressive scam ever widely perpetrated on humanity—though it is. read more
Others

Subsidy Soapbox

By, 07/10/2007
Why congressional meddling in free markets should leave you feeling dirty.read more
Currencies

The Only Dollar Story

By, 07/09/2007
You thought the dollar was going to tank this year, didn't you? Admit it. We're not going to name any names or single you out, but you know who you are. Dollar-doomsdayers and greenback-naysayers have been unusually mum so far this year, despite their fire and brimstone predictions at 2007's outset. read more
Behavioral Finance

Revisionist History

By, 07/06/2007
Russia's attempt at revisionist history is a classic example of a common investor bias.read more
Austin Fraser
Reality Check

Average Trickery

By, 07/05/2007
According to 2005 Census data, the average US family has 3.18 persons. Naturally, we know it's impossible for any family to have a fractional population (unless Dr. Moreau's practicing without our knowledge). read more
Behavioral Finance

Danger: the Only Safety

By, 07/05/2007
Stock market history features a litany of dangerous ideas and thinkers in the quest to know what others don't.read more
Capitalism

Free Trade Follies

By, 07/03/2007
No one wins in Congress's war on free trade.read more
Market Risks

Terror’s Toll

By, 07/02/2007
Global stocks just aren't shocked by terror attacks.read more
Capitalism

Investing, the Government Way

By, 06/29/2007
Governments around the world are pouring trillions into "Sovereign Wealth Funds” to gain exposure to capital markets.read more
Market Risks

House of Horrors

By, 06/28/2007
What's more frightening for investors than the bird flu, a housing bubble, and a subprime implosion combined?read more
Interest Rates

Befuddled Bond Bears

By, 06/27/2007
Today's bond market is not what the bears would have you believe.read more
Others

Evolved Markets

By, 06/26/2007
The science of evolution is changing the way economics and markets are understood. read more
Glenn Downer
Across the Atlantic

Globalization Is Friend, Not Foe

By, 06/25/2007
The recent metaphor and rock-hurling exhibitions in Germany during the G8 Summit highlight a surge in anti-globalization campaigning. Globalization is becoming an increasingly popular scapegoat for everything from poverty to numerous social ills to Paris Hilton's recall to jail. Personally, I don't buy the last one. Come to think of it, blaming the other two on globalization isn't very sensible either. read more
Developed Markets

Abe on the Outs?

By, 06/25/2007
Political turmoil returns to the world's second largest economy.read more
Others

The Bane of Conformity; The Boon of Truth

By, 06/22/2007
Conformity is the norm of human existence.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Anecdote Is no Antidote

By, 06/21/2007
We're pretty hard on the media here at MarketMinder.read more
Taxes

French Fries Redux

By, 06/20/2007
There are two countries about to enact new laws.read more
Others

The Virtues of Legal Restraint

By, 06/19/2007
It's good to be hypercritical of the antics of activist judges who legislate from the bench.read more
Investor Sentiment

Contronym Investing

By, 06/18/2007
If you ask the financial press, stock market investors have been "euphoric" over the last year.read more
Interest Rates

Runaway Rates?

By, 06/15/2007
The 10-year US Treasury has hit a five-year high.read more
Behavioral Finance

Buyback Bonanza

By, 06/14/2007
Well, here we are, midway through June.read more
Others

Financials' Big Buzz

By, 06/14/2007
The big buzz around Wall Street this week is the so-called lifting of capital restraints to US securities firms, which could lead to as much as $4.read more
David Eckerly
Into Perspective

Deficits Gone Wild?

By, 06/13/2007
This past weekend I spent an afternoon with my six-year-old nephew, who, between intermittent swigs of Jolt Cola and glassy-eyed Gameboy-induced trances, detailed his fondness for the San Francisco Giants and Barry Bonds, the team's much-maligned outfielder who's closing in on Hank Aaron's all-time home run record.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Kaizen!

By, 06/12/2007
The investing worry du jour is the arrival of global inflation.read more
Interest Rates

Yield Mandala

By, 06/11/2007
For millennia, yogis, sages, Buddhas, and general seekers of wisdom have contemplated the labyrinthine passages of life's mysteries through meditation with mandalas.read more
Behavioral Finance

52 Card Pick-Up

By, 06/08/2007
Two brothers, ages ten and four, are killing time on a lazy Saturday afternoon.read more
Inflation

Talk is Cheap

By, 06/07/2007
Apparently, inflation has returned.read more
Capitalism

Mmm . . . Bacon

By, 06/06/2007
A possible story-line for the Simpsons: Homer travels to China with the sole aim of seeing China's strategic pork reserves.read more
Behavioral Finance

I Can Has Cheezburger?

By, 06/05/2007
More than awkward grammar and poor spelling, that odd phrase is (perhaps regrettably) a rapidly spreading meme.read more
Market Risks

Run Bull! Run!

By, 06/04/2007
As global markets knock new highs, an inevitable question arises: At four and a half years, is this bull done running? Before answering, think if you've heard anyone questioning the longevity of this bull market before.read more
US Economy

Good Data, Bad Information

By, 06/01/2007
Corporate profits are beating expectations.read more
Market Risks

A Political Punch

By, 05/31/2007
Yesterday's market commentary ("Timing Tortillas") reminded us of one compelling fundamental likely to drive great stock returns this year.read more
Others

Timing Tortillas

By, 05/30/2007
Apparently, the latest trend in Washington is self-flagellation.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Yen Carry What?

By, 05/29/2007
Remember Y2K? Or rather, remember the Y2K hysteria? Planes would fall out of the sky, ATMs stubbornly refuse to cough up cash, computers melt, and all of modern life's little conveniences suddenly implode in one, awesome, anarchy-inducing ball of over-digitized apocalyptic flames.read more
Others

The Last Full Measure

By, 05/25/2007
What strength of resolve is it that impels a people to raise a value—a mere abstract concept—above life? Who can fathom the force of character necessary for ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom? Where can be found, deep in the gut, that ego-annihilating principle giving man the expedience and depth of heart to destroy the body in the name of ethereal liberty? What a rare and new thing is liberty in world history—the timeline of civilization is a tapestry of human enslavement.read more
Geopolitics

Bizzaro Economic Policy

By, 05/24/2007
One of Superman's arch-enemies is Bizzaro.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Group Dynamics

By, 05/23/2007
Outlined against a blue-gray October sky .read more
Doug Regner
Repeatable History

Economic Evolution

By, 05/23/2007
"If you want to make enemies, try to change something.read more
Others

The Boom Isn't Ending Today

By, 05/22/2007
We continually tout the power and potency of the merger and acquisition boom as a primary driver of the global bull market in stocks.read more
Others

Stating the Obvious

By, 05/21/2007
Sometimes the most obvious stuff is the least recognized.read more
Behavioral Finance

Loopy Mind Models

By, 05/18/2007
Mind-bending doesn't begin to describe it.read more
Politics

Hot Fuzz

By, 05/17/2007
Here come the Fuzz.read more
Currencies

Currency Pegging Pedantics

By, 05/16/2007
Just about everyday, in some form or another, we rant about the importance of free markets.read more
Investor Sentiment

The Inquiry Culture

By, 05/15/2007
When stocks go down, people start blaming each other.read more
Corporate Earnings

Bean Counter Uprising!

By, 05/14/2007
We've written before in this space on the complexities and absurdities of today's accounting systems.read more
Media Hype/Myths

I Dream of China

By, 05/11/2007
Today, Chinese officials announced Chinese commercial banks will be allowed to make foreign stock investments.read more
Personal Finance

Dastardly Dividends

By, 05/10/2007
Dividend paying stocks are all the rage these days.read more
Interest Rates

When You Get to the Fork in the Road…

By, 05/09/2007
Yogi Berra made this quote famous: "When you get to the fork in the road, take it.read more
Market Cycles

Flying Off a Cliff

By, 05/08/2007
Just about every time the markets hit new highs the financial media dig up a veritable cornucopia of old stories from the last time it happened, change the numbers around a bit, and republish them almost verbatim.read more
Politics

Morning in France?

By, 05/07/2007
Some call him the Ronald Reagan of France; some call him the new Margaret Thatcher.read more
Finance Theory

Unfathomable Miscellany

By, 05/04/2007
We like unfathomable things—they're the stuff good investments are made of.read more
US Economy

Productive Ignorance

By, 05/03/2007
U.read more
Politics

Labor's Punchline

By, 05/02/2007
Tony Blair is set to step down as Prime Minister.read more
Behavioral Finance

Obsessing Over Black Swans

By, 05/01/2007
These days there just isn't a lot of big news.read more
Emerging Markets

Triangulation Reformation

By, 04/30/2007
Economics and free market efficiency are universal.read more
Behavioral Finance

A Perverse Fantasy Life

By, 04/27/2007
Most of life is fantasy.read more
Others

Cellulose Between the Ears

By, 04/26/2007
As the alternative energy craze continues, we'd like to interject a little commonsense into the debate.read more
Emerging Markets

Comrade Yeltsin

By, 04/25/2007
Even recent history suffers from rewrites.read more
Others

Smart, Smarter, Smartest

By, 04/24/2007
Pretend you are an average CEO of an average S&P 500 company.read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

Always and Everywhere

By, 04/24/2007
Open the business section of any newspaper and you'll undoubtedly find a headline about inflation.read more
Behavioral Finance

Stay in May

By, 04/23/2007
Here it comes.read more
Behavioral Finance

Demand? No Such Thing.

By, 04/20/2007
Equity prices are ultimately determined by basic supply and demand.read more
Commodities

Gold-Diggers

By, 04/19/2007
Gold is the great inflationary predictor, and holding gold is a superb hedge against rising prices, recession, and bear markets.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Dead Horse. Stick.

By, 04/18/2007
Remember the kerfuffle over the pesticide DDT? Turns out, DDT doesn't hurt you, your pets, or anything at all, except mosquitos.read more
Currencies

Pound of Flesh

By, 04/17/2007
Tough luck for any American planning a visit to Ye Olde England—as of today, one pound sterling costs two American dollars.read more
Market Risks

Soak the Rich

By, 04/16/2007
Ah, Tax Day! The one day Americans stand united in their utter contempt of their state and federal government.read more
Capitalism

Indra's Net

By, 04/13/2007
One of the great mythic images of the near eastern traditions is Indra's Net.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Stagflation and Lava Lamps

By, 04/12/2007
Stagflation.read more
Developed Markets

Going Postal

By, 04/11/2007
SAT analogy question pop quiz: Postal Service is to Japan as _________ is to the United States.read more
KC Ellis
The Advisor's Corner

Across the Universe

By, 04/10/2007
When I meet with new/prospective clients, one of the first things I do is take a look at their current portfolio.read more
Behavioral Finance

Anchors Away

By, 04/10/2007
The streak is over.read more
Others

Foreign Investment Boondoggle

By, 04/09/2007
So many protectionists out there these days.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Jelly Bean Investing

By, 04/05/2007

"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" says Homer Simpson, one of our favorite sages. Rarely has such wisdom come from one so yellow and two-dimensional.

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Market Risks

Do-Nothing Market Heroes

By, 04/04/2007
Our politicians are on a roll with a rash of ill-considered legislation.read more
Capitalism

No Impact? No Thanks.

By, 04/03/2007
We like pretty much everything about Daylight Savings Time.read more
Media Hype/Myths

A Pandemic of Fear

By, 04/02/2007
In 1918, a few cases of the flu meandered out of a Kansas army camp, ended a war, paralyzed commerce, and slaughtered tens of millions.read more
Politics

Bang the Doldrums (of Protectionism)

By, 03/30/2007
Our federal government has banged its booming drum today, delivering a baffling decree heading into what's an otherwise blissful spring weekend.read more
US Economy

Dying of Old Age

By, 03/29/2007
Economies aren't like people.read more
Politics

Flesh Eating Solutions

By, 03/28/2007
Giant, poisonous toads capable of killing crocodiles are bedeviling Australian farmers (as we reported yesterday).read more
Taxes

Pass on the Patch

By, 03/27/2007

Ah . . . Spring. That magical time when crocuses poke their timid heads out to greet longer days, tender shoots of green remake the world anew, everything smells fresh and clean, and you discover you owe the U.S. government another 8 grand because you got nailed by the @#$%-ing AMT.

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Media Hype/Myths

A Conspiracy of Hammers

By, 03/26/2007
We're not much for conspiracy theories.read more
Finance Theory

Foxy Investing

By, 03/23/2007
Many centuries ago, the Greek poet Archilochus wrote: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.read more
Behavioral Finance

This Ain't a Scene…it's a (Cognitive) Arms Race

By, 03/22/2007
Why are free market-based systems the optimal framework for an economy? One way to understand it is through the brain's evolutionary composition.read more
Lara Hoffmans
Inconvenient Truths

Gap Schmap

By, 03/21/2007
"Income inequality" is the story that refuses to die, and is likely to persist throughout 2007.read more
Interest Rates

Critical Invasion

By, 03/21/2007
The scramble has begun! More art than science, more augury than empiricism, the pundits and pinheads are dissecting the Fed's newest statement, fresh off the presses.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Retired Presidents Society

By, 03/20/2007
As one of the financial community's most prominent retirees, Alan Greenspan can't seem to let the spotlight go.read more
Politics

Poison Pill Protectionists

By, 03/19/2007
According to Investopedia, a Poison Pill is: "A strategy used by corporations to discourage a hostile takeover by another company.read more
Politics

Political Bracketology

By, 03/16/2007

March Madness is in the air. Everybody's got their favorite to win the men's collegiate basketball championships, and the odds-makers in Vegas are hard at work determining the appropriate lines for each game. In honor of the NCAA tournament, we're breaking down the state of the current US Presidential race, bracket style.

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Finance Theory

OMG! Big Telecom Returns

By, 03/15/2007
Editor's Note: Today's commentary is written in half English, half Texting language.read more
Michael Hanson
Neuro-economics

Data Idolatry

By, 03/15/2007
Most of the struggle of investing is the struggle to surmount the natural workings of the brain.read more
Globalization

Spread the Risk; Spread the Love

By, 03/14/2007
We'd bet you love your neighbor a lot more than you think.read more
US Economy

No Canary in the Coal Mine

By, 03/13/2007
Markets were pounded today in what could be the beginning of the second down leg of the correction.read more
Behavioral Finance

New Century, Old Worries

By, 03/12/2007
Have you noticed how quickly theories about the current market correction are being spawned then subsequently abandoned? We went from China, to the carry trade, to hedge funds, to the new "Daylight Savings Y2K", to subprime lending all in about two weeks.read more
US Economy

Death and Taxes…and Economic Growth

By, 03/09/2007
Ben Franklin said: "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.read more
US Economy

Idle Thoughts

By, 03/08/2007
Our minds are wandering.read more
US Economy

Whoop Whoop Whoop

By, 03/07/2007
The incompetence of government-run systems cannot be overstated, and we cannot belabor that point enough.read more
KC Ellis
The Advisor's Corner

The Difference between Dogs that Bark and Dogs that Bite

By, 03/06/2007
You have a portfolio full of stocks – some are doing well while others are struggling.read more
Currencies

Carry Trading Tirade

By, 03/06/2007
Today we discuss the reason du jour for the recent stock market weakness: The Big Bet That Could Melt Wall Street: A look at the 'Yen Carry Trade' and Why so Many Investors Are Starting to Worry it Might UnravelBy Grace Wong, CNNMoneyread more
Politics

A Gore-y Correction Correlation

By, 03/05/2007

Congratulations are in order to Mr. Al Gore, inventor of the internet and former Vice President, for winning an Oscar in the "best documentary" category for his film denouncing humanity for it's carbon burning ways in "An Inconvenient Truth".

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Finance Theory

To Seek The Grail

By, 03/02/2007
"Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.read more
Market Risks

Separating the Muck from the Mire

By, 03/01/2007
A couple bad days of trading and—literally—people are starting to lose it.read more
Emerging Markets

A Different Kind of Debt

By, 02/28/2007
We've written in the past about the positive structural forces at work in emerging markets.read more
Investor Sentiment

A Bull Market Sell-Off

By, 02/27/2007
We wrote last week that the US stock market was on its longest run without a daily 2% decline since 1954.read more
Behavioral Finance

Stone Age Forecasting

By, 02/26/2007
Do you know Abbey Joseph Cohen? How about Richard Bernstein? If you're an enthusiastic investor who follows the popular press, you probably do.read more
US Economy

If CEOs Don't, Investors Will Do It For Them

By, 02/23/2007
Stocks are cheap and they need to get more expensive.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Fun With Numbers

By, 02/22/2007
  • Over 100 million Americans drink coffee every day…that's over 36.5 billion cups in a year! At about 50 beans per cup, that's over 1,825,000,000,000 beans a year! At that rate, how could we possibly hope to re-grow enough beans for the next year's brew? It's too much of a strain!
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Media Hype/Myths

When Things Go Too Well

By, 02/21/2007
We've been noticing a common theme emerging in the popular press lately, one that we can't quite get our heads around.read more
Austin Fraser
Reality Check

Fool's Gold

By, 02/20/2007
If you've been around long enough, oil as a cause for hysteria isn't a new thing.read more
US Economy

Don't Go Blind from the Subprime

By, 02/20/2007
If you picked up a newspaper in the past few weeks, you probably saw at least one article detailing the downward spiral of the subprime mortgage market.read more
Lara Hoffmans
Inconvenient Truths

Chavez, Gore, and a Yale Tenor Walk Into a Bar...

By, 02/16/2007
Good news for Prius-driving San Franciscans.read more
Globalization

Bottom Feeding

By, 02/16/2007
Somewhere in the neighborhood of four billion people live on less than $2 per day.read more
Behavioral Finance

When Good is Bad

By, 02/15/2007
The mission of most investors is to find the best companies to put their money into.read more
Behavioral Finance

I ♥ Investing

By, 02/14/2007
Around here we always say "your brain can trick you.read more
KC Ellis
The Advisor's Corner

Fees Fees Fees!

By, 02/13/2007
There are all sorts of clichés about the old economic dictum: There's no such thing as a free lunch.read more
Geopolitics

A Yawner in Essen

By, 02/13/2007
The recent Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Essen, Germany was ho-hum.read more
Globalization

It's Catching On

By, 02/12/2007
Globalization is one of the most powerful forces in the economic world today.read more
Capitalism

Exponential Possibilities

By, 02/09/2007
One of the most interesting features of human intellectual history is that often the best ideas stem from simple observations.read more
Investor Sentiment

With a Little Bit of Time…

By, 02/08/2007
Stocks are riskier than bonds, right? We're not trying to trick you.read more
Forecasting

Overseas Opportunity

By, 02/07/2007
We're outright bullish on stocks for 2007.read more
Behavioral Finance

How Big is Big? Part II

By, 02/06/2007
Yesterday in this space we talked about framing and understanding how big big really is.read more
Behavioral Finance

How Big is Big?

By, 02/05/2007
Is this a big number? $87,000,000,000 What about this one? $2,900,000,000,000 Are they both big? Is one big and the other bigger? Surely they couldn't be small! Ponder that for a moment…we'll get back to it.read more
Finance Theory

Knowing and Understanding

By, 02/02/2007

- What I cannot create, I do not understand.

- Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

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Interest Rates

Fight the Fed

By, 02/01/2007
FOMC meetings are some of the most closely watched market events.read more
US Economy

Still In Flight

By, 01/31/2007
Back in November, we provided a list of worries keeping overall sentiment cautious about the economy (see our past commentary "Skyscraper of Worry" for the full list).read more
Doug Regner
Repeatable History

Wealth Misconceptions

By, 01/30/2007
Wealth disparity is accelerating in the United States.read more
Media Hype/Myths

As Sure as the Sunrise

By, 01/30/2007
Some things you just don't question in life.read more
Others

Multiple Expansion

By, 01/30/2007
Stocks have gone up in each of the last four years.read more
Capitalism

Self Reliance

By, 01/27/2007
- Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.read more
Corporate Earnings

Consistently Too Low, Again

By, 01/26/2007
We've sounded like a broken record lately: the global economy is thriving, 2007 will be another good year for stocks, and so on.read more
Forecasting

The Sweetest Year

By, 01/25/2007
We like anomalies, especially anomalies that few know about.read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

Growing Pains

By, 01/24/2007
2006 was quite a year.read more
Investor Sentiment

A Balance Sheet to Die For

By, 01/23/2007
Have a look at the balance sheet below.read more
Others

The Age of Conglomerates

By, 01/23/2007
Conglomerates were bigger than the Beatles in the 1960s.read more
Behavioral Finance

Hawkish Behavior

By, 01/20/2007
Nobel prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman is at it again.read more
Media Hype/Myths

Ben's Doomsday Prediction

By, 01/18/2007
Dominating headlines today is our bearded buddy Bernanke's Congressional testimony about the dangers of a retiring baby boomer generation.read more
Others

Where Money Flows Like Water

By, 01/18/2007
Chinese M2 money supply growth accelerated to 16.read more
Lara Hoffmans
Inconvenient Truths

The Annual Hoff Report

By, 01/17/2007
The Hoff report is an annual forecast, not of capital markets, but impending news headlines.read more
US Economy

Casual Correlations

By, 01/16/2007
We've done a very bad thing.read more
Others

Privatizing Profits

By, 01/13/2007
Finally, some euphoria.read more
Others

Energy Depletion?

By, 01/11/2007
The Energy sector has been one of the best stock performers over the last several years.read more
Forecasting

T.G.H.

By, 01/11/2007
January is a stressful month for stock investors.read more
Others

Housing Still Isn't Haunted

By, 01/10/2007
2006 is over.read more
KC Ellis
The Advisor's Corner

Having Your Cake and Eating It, Too: Growth and Capital Preservation

By, 01/09/2007
In my business of investment advisery service, the first question we ask a new client is "What do you want to accomplish with your assets?" The vast majority of investors will respond with some variation of "I want to make as much money as possible, but I don't want to lose anything either.read more
GDP

The Flying Economy

By, 01/08/2007
We've written before about how investors latch on to metaphors, often erroneous ones, in order to better understand economic and market concepts.read more
Politics

Too Much Scotch?

By, 01/06/2007
2007 marks the 300-year anniversary of the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland.read more
Emerging Markets

From Russia With Love

By, 01/05/2007
As the New Year turned, Russia again showered its love upon one of its Eastern European neighbors.read more
Finance Theory

Go Global

By, 01/04/2007
If you're like most investors, you probably shy away from global investing, preferring to focus on the S&P 500 and US stocks and mutual funds.read more
Lara Hoffmans
Inconvenient Truths

“USA! USA!”

By, 01/03/2007
Scanning recent news articles, one cannot help but wonder if the journalistic position de rigeur is the US is a crumbling empire, and the demise can't come soon enough to satisfy The New York Times.read more
Others

Back to Parity

By, 01/03/2007
Global equities capped off another banner year in 2006, with the MSCI World Index returning 20% in dollar terms.read more

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