Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Interest Rates

Winter Credit Thaw

By, 12/31/2010
US bank lending to smaller and medium-sized firms is on the rise. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Cutting the Cord

By, 12/29/2010
China cut rare earth export quotas again, but the reduction does not appear particularly spiteful. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Indian Infrastructure

By, 12/28/2010
China continued tightening economic policy Monday. But Chinese growth should continue even as other Emerging Markets increasingly realize their potential.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

The Many Gifts of Capitalism

By, 12/24/2010
This holiday season, we'd like to say thanks to corporate America for gifts given all year—and their gifts are the kind that keep on giving.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

With Liberty and Internet for All

By, 12/23/2010
The FCC voted 3-2 to regulate Internet access.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Back-end Boost

By, 12/22/2010
Despite being in negative territory as late as mid-September, markets are now decidedly up for the year. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Commodities

Oil Oozing Up

By, 12/21/2010
Some are again concerned with the rising price of oil—but higher prices are mostly a reflection of a growing global economy.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Taxes

Politically Taxing Our Ears

By, 12/20/2010
The tax rate extension compromise is now law. And predictably, there's both undeserved criticism and unwarranted lauding of the deal.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Capitalism

Creativity Counts

By, 12/17/2010
Protectionist measures endanger prosperity—and are often based on misleading official data.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Exile on Main Street

By, 12/17/2010

Who knew the keys to consumerism lay in Keith Richards' six string?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Pain in Spain, But Gains in US

By, 12/16/2010
PIIGS fears remain in headlines, but US economic data are encouraging. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

Classic Divergence

By, 12/15/2010
The Fed remained cautious in their most recent policy statement even as retail sales confirmed continued economic recovery on the verge of renewed expansion.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

China’s Not Choking

By, 12/14/2010
Amid continued strong economic growth and rising inflation, it's no surprise China is tightening economic policy—but choking growth doesn't appear to be on the agenda. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Interest Rates

A Flight from Safety?

By, 12/13/2010
Recent bond yield bumps allude to investors wanting more bang for their bucks.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Dodd-Frank Says Ditch Fitch

By, 12/10/2010
The Dodd-Frank legislation calls for the end of the rating agency oligopoly, an outcome we guardedly support.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Attack of the Indexers!

By, 12/10/2010

John Bogle and William Bernstein re-make their case for passive investing.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Alternative Investments

The 411 on ETFs

By, 12/09/2010
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ETFs can be a useful tool, but investors still need to do their due diligence.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Let’s Make a Deal

By, 12/08/2010
The White House struck a deal with congressional Republicans on Bush-era tax cuts Monday night.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

A Rising KORUS

By, 12/07/2010
The US and South Korea finalized a renegotiation of their 2007 trade agreement last Friday.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

A Lesson In Government Math

By, 12/06/2010
Counterintuitively, that the US unemployment rate ticked up slightly in Friday's report isn't bad news. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Political Turkeys

By, 12/03/2010

A smattering of post-election politics reading.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Globalization

Astonishingly Average

By, 12/03/2010

The eurozone is on track to post an average year of economic growth.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Revealing a Non-Secret

By, 12/02/2010
Little attention seems to be paid to expanding manufacturing activity globally—and that could be good news for investors.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

2010’s Wall of Worry

By, 12/01/2010
Despite rampant worry, stocks are proving resilient in 2010.read more
Brad Pyles
Into Perspective

An Overview of Rare Earth Metals

By, 11/30/2010

Rare earth metals aren't rare. We've got 1,300 years of reserves in the US alone!

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Black Friday Not So Bleak

By, 11/30/2010
Irish bailout details failed to calm European nerves, but US investors managed to shake off some of the gloom on encouraging Thanksgiving retail sales.  read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

A Round of Thanks

By, 11/26/2010
MarketMinder is thankful for a quite a few things this year. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Briefly Bellicose

By, 11/24/2010
Geopolitical tensions on the Korean peninsula knocked stocks Tuesday.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Still-Fighting Irish

By, 11/23/2010
Ireland officially requested aid as the ruling party announced it will dissolve the government after an impending budget vote. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

All Things European

By, 11/22/2010
While much attention is paid to various European nation's sovereign debt, behind the scenes European corporations are strong and positioned well.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Getting Hibernia Out of Hock

By, 11/19/2010
Ireland moved closer to a bailout Thursday—and while the media fretted, markets cheered. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

The Rising Cost of a Chinese Big Mac

By, 11/18/2010
Will Chinese price controls curb global growth?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

One of Those Days

By, 11/17/2010
Stocks took a dive on another round of recycled worries Tuesday. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Not So Ghoulish October

By, 11/16/2010
US October retail sales increased the most in seven months—adding to business spending power. read more
Jennifer Marquand
Into Perspective

Sector Flash: November Health Care Checkup

By, 11/16/2010

The US health care reform law is in the books, but the challenges facing our country's legislature are just beginning.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

The (Un)Luck of the Irish

By, 11/15/2010
In the aftermath of a larger-than-average decline in recession, Irish debt woes have compounded a difficult economic situation on the Emerald Isle—but help is there if needed.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Overhaul and Crash Course

By, 11/12/2010

Steven Rattner's Overhaul is a fine enough account of the US auto bailout as a financial and political event, but Paul Ingrassia's Crash Course provides the necessary context to see why it happened.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

Making More Out of Less

By, 11/12/2010
US firms are increasingly using their sizable war chests to boost earnings and shrink share supply. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Commodities

Cause and Effect?

By, 11/11/2010
Gold and inflation may move in sympathy at times, but the relationship is more coincidental than causal. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Debating the Euro

By, 11/10/2010
Euro worries are bubbling up again, but any risk remains firmly in the future. read more
Todd Bliman
The Big Picture

The Ever-Evolving Economic Engine

By, 11/09/2010

Fearing change is human, but change is what makes capitalism great.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

Trade Talks

By, 11/09/2010
The G-20 summit in Seoul isn't until Wednesday, but the political back-and-forth has already begun. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

Geared for Growth

By, 11/08/2010
Though little noted, corporate earnings are again trouncing analysts' expectations. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Officially Corrected

By, 11/05/2010
The MSCI World and S&P 500 returned to pre-correction highs this week with very little fanfare. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

A Lifting Political Pall

By, 11/04/2010
In a week packed with news, the Fed's policy announcement and midterm elections were mostly as expected and good news for stocks. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Donkeys, Elephants, and Bulls. (Oh My!)

By, 11/02/2010
With midterm elections at hand, many Americans are thinking in terms of donkeys or elephants. Monday's financial news, however, came in the shape of a bull.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Travel Reading Diary

By, 11/02/2010

After a long business trip, a few reading suggestions.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

Five Spooky Fears Dispelled by US GDP

By, 11/01/2010
Fears are commonplace early in economic expansion—but a clear-minded review of US Q3 GDP shows many are simply ghost stories. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

OMG! Prosperity!

By, 10/29/2010
Mobile computing technology is exploding in Emerging Markets, which is a windfall for the global economy. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

In Queue, QE2

By, 10/28/2010
The question of will they or won't they is falling wayside to questions over how much?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

All Is Never Well

By, 10/27/2010
UK Q3 GDP doubled expectations and shows how even moderate growth can upset too-dour expectations. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Currency “Clash”

By, 10/26/2010
The G-20 came to a vague agreement over the weekend regarding currency valuations. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Wall Street Pros Bailout Government

By, 10/25/2010
Many decry Wall Street profiting from governmental programs put in place during the financial panic, but the opposite is closer to the truth. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Bashing the Bank Piñata

By, 10/22/2010
Financials are finding ways around new regulations faster than Washington can enact new ones. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Deficits

No Pain, No Gain for Ye Olde Brits?

By, 10/21/2010
Will big British spending cuts bring down its public deficit without bringing down the economy?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

The Great Monetary Wall

By, 10/20/2010
China surprised investors by hiking interest rates Tuesday.  read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Production Chugs Along

By, 10/19/2010
US industrial production fell in September—but investors needn't worry much over small monthly fluctuations. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A Recent History of Technical Analysis’ Recent History Lessons

By, 10/18/2010
Technical indicators frequently grab investors' attention—but let's use recent history to assess their success. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

We’re All Jelly Donuts

By, 10/15/2010
Global economic prosperity is possible, and Germany shows how it's achievable.  read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

Taking Stock of Earnings

By, 10/14/2010
We could see another quarter of solid S&P 500 earnings.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

More Monetary Easing?

By, 10/13/2010
Investors devoured the Fed minutes from its latest meeting.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Choice 2-Pack

By, 10/12/2010

How We Decide proves Jonah Lehrer ranks among the best active science writers, while Sheena Iyengar's The Art of Choosing is a sometimes cluttered but broader meditation on the act of choice in our lives.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Of Taxes and Politics

By, 10/12/2010
Midterms elections are fast approaching, and politicians are talking taxes. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

It’s USA. Not USSA.

By, 10/11/2010
Friday's US unemployment report showed little improvement in the jobless rate—but it did reveal a smaller government payroll, adding further evidence recent socialism fears were (and are) overblown. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

Protectionist Hot Air

By, 10/08/2010
This year's wave of free trade agreements shows cooperation among nations is increasing, despite recent protectionist headlines.  read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Surge of the Emerging

By, 10/07/2010
It seems investors have taken note of Emerging Markets' current growth and growth prospects.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Japan’s QE and ZIRP

By, 10/06/2010
Japan surprised investors with its particularly dovish monetary policy announcement Tuesday. read more
Brad Pyles
Into Perspective

Understanding the Potential for Deflation

By, 10/05/2010

If you're looking for a major bout of deflation, you'd better be hoping for a monetary policy mistake.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

Paring Shares

By, 10/05/2010
US companies' share buybacks have been increasing—shrinking overall stock supply. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

One Less Four-Letter Word

By, 10/04/2010
The unpopular Troubled Assets Relief Fund (TARP) closed to new business on Sunday—posting vastly smaller-than-feared costs and perhaps smaller-than-perceived successes. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

No September Slump

By, 10/01/2010
September surprised investors by beating expectations, and if history is any guide, there might be more good news in store. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

The Threat of Tit for Tat

By, 09/30/2010
US legislation targeting China's currency policy seems ill-advised. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Number: What Do You Need for the Rest of Your Life and What Will It Cost?

By, 09/30/2010

Lee Eisenberg's The Number is a surprisingly fresh take on the issues of savings and retirement.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Semantics of Recovery

By, 09/29/2010
Few admit it, but recovery is almost over and expansion almost here. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Gridlock on the Beltway

By, 09/28/2010
Increased political gridlock looks likely—and investors should cheer read more
Theodore Gilliland
Into Perspective

Don’t Wait on Housing

By, 09/28/2010

A housing recovery would help, but we aren't lost without it.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

Headlines Deceive

By, 09/27/2010
Beneath the surface, Friday's US durable goods report showed businesses confidently deployed cash in August.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Reading Between the Unemployment Lines

By, 09/24/2010
Look past the headlines—and the unemployment lines may be getting shorter.read more
Todd Bliman
The Big Picture

On Wheelbarrows and Flogging

By, 09/23/2010

Instead of planning for attention-grabbing hyperinflation, consider today's reality and what's more likely in store.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

Credit Where Credit's Due

By, 09/23/2010
The US corporate debt default rate is down dramatically and now expected to fall further to pre-financial crisis levels.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Skin and Bones

By, 09/22/2010
The Fed's most recent policy statement was sparse as ever, intimating the central bank remains flexible.       read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

And So It Ends

By, 09/21/2010
NBER announced the recession officially ended in June 2009.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

First, a Trickle

By, 09/20/2010
The Fed's Flow of Funds report showed Americans' net worth fell in Q2—but also showed US non-financial companies maintained a massive $1.84 trillion cash hoard. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Show Me the Yuan

By, 09/17/2010
China will eventually have to free its capital markets and currency, but doing so gradually may be preferable to forcing the issue.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Yen-tervention

By, 09/16/2010
Japan intervened in currency markets to help its exporters—but will intervention have the desired results?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

This Day in History

By, 09/15/2010
Lehman Brothers is history, but the fallout from its failure still seems fresh.      read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Shallows and Cognitive Surplus

By, 09/14/2010

Nicholas Carr's The Shallows is spotty, but ultimately an important read for today's investor. Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus often makes the right points, but in tedious fashion.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

Deconstructing a Wall of Worry

By, 09/14/2010
Announcements and data have recently done an excellent job of countering common fears. Monday was no exception. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Incorrectly Political

By, 09/13/2010
As US midterm elections approach, much of the heated debate surrounds the economy. But buying into their accounts is potentially dangerous for investors. read more
Todd Bliman
The Big Picture

Don’t Bank on Deflation

By, 09/10/2010
A lot of ink has been spilled lately over deflation worries, but let's assess the past and present before considering it imminent. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Recycled Pessimism

By, 09/10/2010
If you believe the media hype, 2010 might seem like a lost cause, but there's still plenty of time for global stocks to have a solid year. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Basel-ed on Rumors

By, 09/09/2010
Rumors are flying over the details of "Basel III” international banking standards ahead of Sunday's big reveal.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Bearish Back-and-Forth

By, 09/08/2010
Investors refocused on Europe Tuesday—the latest shift in this year's bearish back-and-forth.     read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Dumb Bears

By, 09/07/2010
Double-dip fears are nothing new, and their existence doesn't confirm that the fears are valid. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Nice Thought

By, 09/03/2010
Central banks remain flexible as credit conditions continue to thaw.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Goring the Global Growth Slowdown

By, 09/02/2010
Wednesday's global manufacturing data effectively pulled another leg out from under the double-dip table. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Beyond These Borders

By, 09/01/2010
To properly frame the US double-dip debate, global investors need to keep the whole world in mind.     read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Retail Therapy

By, 08/31/2010
Consumer spending is doing just fine, despite the usual fears to the contrary.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Misbehavior of Markets

By, 08/31/2010
Though sometimes clumsy, Benoit Mandelbrot's Misbehavior of Markets is one of the original popular works on market randomness. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Wild Wyoming and Washington

By, 08/30/2010
From the wilds of Wyoming to Washington's beltway, economic growth was Friday's catch phrase. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Behavioral Finance

Troubles on Emerald Isle?

By, 08/27/2010
Euro-jitters returned after an Irish debt downgrade—but a successful auction and generally healthier financial system show Europe's doing just fine.   read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Forecasting

Un-charted Territory

By, 08/26/2010
Forget technical indicators, patterns, signals, lines in the sand, etc.—none are consistently reliable predictors of stock market direction.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Distorted Housing’s a Drag

By, 08/25/2010
Existing home sales fell more than expected in July, the month after the homebuyer tax credit expired.     read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Gridlock Is Great

By, 08/24/2010
Political gridlock is increasing all over the world—a good thing for markets. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Dripping Away at the Double Dip

By, 08/23/2010
Double-dip recession concerns are in vogue these days—but let's stop and measure before jumping to conclusions.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

It’s Not Always Sunny in Philadelphia

By, 08/20/2010
Thursday's US stock market performance wasn't stellar after a few weak US economic reports. But the picture's not as gloomy globally. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

Getting a Grip on Bonds

By, 08/19/2010
Bonds may feel safe relative to stocks, but there can be drawbacks—sometimes significant.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Think Twice

By, 08/19/2010
Teaser: Think Twice firmly establishes Michael J. Mauboussin's status among the best behavioral finance writers. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Fruitlessly Fearful

By, 08/18/2010
After a week of worry and whispering, the Treasury's conference on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was a yawner.     read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

And the Silver Goes to . . .

By, 08/17/2010
China surpassed Japan in Q2 as the world's second largest economy. read more
Theodore Gilliland
Into Perspective

How Strong Is Corporate America’s Balance Sheet?

By, 08/17/2010
Despite some claims to the contrary, the data show US corporations are liquid, well capitalized, and well positioned to fuel continued economic recovery. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Prost!

By, 08/16/2010
Cheers to fast German economic growth washing down fears of a European-driven double dip. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Employment on Capital Spending’s Heels

By, 08/13/2010
Historically, hiring follows on the heels of corporate capital spending—which is already underway. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

Trading Up

By, 08/12/2010
Trade up a focus on the trade balance for one on overall trade levels.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Hungry Bears

By, 08/11/2010
Slowing economic statistics are bringing out the bears. But we don't think they've got much to chew on.     read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

High Financier

By, 08/11/2010
Niall Ferguson's biography of Siegmund Warburg is often good literature, but a lesser achievement in biography and financial history. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Got It Made With Global Trade

By, 08/10/2010
Global trade is booming—and that's bullish. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Titus Maccius Plautus on US Unemployment

By, 08/09/2010
July's US unemployment report disappointed. But does this provide useful information for investors? read more
Todd Bliman
Into Perspective

Sometimes True

By, 08/06/2010
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When does focusing on dividends really pay dividends? read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Hermes Delivers

By, 08/06/2010
As the risk of a Greek default gets slimmer, all of Europe appears on steadier economic ground. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

A Watched Pot Still Boils

By, 08/05/2010
Closely watched economic data are showing signs of improvement.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Cash Is Cheap

By, 08/04/2010
Cash-rich companies are further building reserves by borrowing at ultra-low rates. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Fuzzy Manufacturing Math

By, 08/03/2010
Global manufacturing expanded again in July 2010, but you wouldn't know from the dour headlines. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

An Import-Led Recovery

By, 08/02/2010
Friday's US GDP release provided an interesting look back at the second quarter—and a trip way back to revise dated data.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Silence of the PIIGS

By, 07/30/2010
PIIGS debt auctions are garnering less and less attention in the financial media–and no news is good news. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Spill Bill on the Hill

By, 07/29/2010
Is there enough political will to pass a contentious energy bill?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Basel III Takes Shape

By, 07/28/2010
A more moderate amendment to the global book of bank rules gained wide acceptance Monday—alleviating more financial uncertainty.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Squam Lake and Senseless Panic

By, 07/28/2010
William M. Isaac's Senseless Panic is a sensible voice of reason and experience on the 2008 panic, while the ballyhooed Squam Lake Report is just more claptrap.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

European Stress Management

By, 07/27/2010
Even a more stringent look at Europe's banks show they are healthier than many expect. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Releasing Less Stress

By, 07/26/2010
Step off the treadmill and remove the EKG—the stress test is over.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Earnings to Fly

By, 07/23/2010
Q2 2010 corporate earnings are exceeding expectations, a trend that looks likely to continue. read more
John Hulcher
Into Perspective

This Mr. Smith Didn’t Go To Washington

By, 07/23/2010
As the US financial overhaul bill takes flight, I remember Adam Smith.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Lowering the Economic Bar

By, 07/22/2010
Fed Chief Ben Bernanke's testimony revealed a weaker outlook for growth—but also expectations for a continued recovery.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Capitalism 4.0

By, 07/22/2010

Anatole Kaletsky's Capitalism 4.0 is deft, erudite, and essential reading for those looking to better understand the global macroeconomic future ahead.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Dear Prudence

By, 07/21/2010
Though austerity has its risks, a balanced perspective shows the measures taken could have long-term benefits. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Energizing Global Growth

By, 07/20/2010
A new report shows China consumed more energy than the US last year. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Chips and a Dip

By, 07/19/2010
Recent market negativity—including Friday's sell-off—has some questioning the recovery. But what do chips have to say to the dip?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Reform to the Norm

By, 07/16/2010
As expected, Congress passed Wall Street reform on Thursday. Given the resulting hodge-podge of studies and feckless changes, was the goal real reform or political gain?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

On PIIGS and Needles

By, 07/15/2010
Signs show PIIGS and the eurozone aren't doing as badly as feared. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

Tuning Out the Static

By, 07/14/2010
Earnings season is here, and the last couple quarters' strong earnings showing seems likely to continue.  read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Konnichiwa—and Sayonara?

By, 07/13/2010
Japan's latest election results show yet another political power shift. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Wrong

By, 07/13/2010

David H. Freedman's book about why and how experts are often wrong lacks depth and is probably not worth your time.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

The Long March

By, 07/12/2010
The Long March is legendary in modern Chinese history—but perhaps the reference should now change to reference the ongoing journey of rapid economic development. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

Lit Crit 101

By, 07/09/2010
The IMF's latest outlook, while laced with pessimism, has plenty of good news.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Still a Yuan for US Debt

By, 07/08/2010
China still desires US debt—despite the easing of the yuan-dollar peg.read more
Jarred Kriz
Repeatable History

Through Failure, We Grow Stronger

By, 07/08/2010
The credit cycle can be hazardous if not properly navigated. Those strong enough to endure the downside will be even stronger as the cycle turns—and it is starting to turn.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Economic Relativity

By, 07/07/2010
As the economic recovery matures, it's important to separate a declining rate of growth from an absolute decline.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Myth of the Rational Market

By, 07/06/2010

Jonathan Fox's Myth of the Rational Market is a great primer into the history of efficient market theory, but doesn't do what the title promises.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Negative Needles in Positive Haystacks

By, 07/02/2010
The ongoing correction and negative first half year returns stoked pessimism in many. But is this indicative of what lies ahead?read more
Jason Dorrier
Into Perspective

Depression Economics II

By, 07/02/2010
In case you didn't catch it the first time, Depression economics is getting an encore presentation.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

All Else Is Never Equal

By, 07/01/2010
Correction fears continued cycling Wednesday, even as fretted "crises” show signs of moderation. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

A Chicken Little Sort of Day?

By, 06/30/2010
Is the sky really falling, or are other forces playing a role in stocks' recent pullback?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Consumer Lives!

By, 06/29/2010
Despite market jitters, consumer spending remains steady.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

13 Bankers

By, 06/28/2010
While its emphasis on the history of concentrated corporate power and the nature of regulation makes it stand out from the pack, 13 Bankers turns out to be just another book about the crisis that misses the mark.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

The Paper Companies’ Big Win

By, 06/28/2010
Congress celebrated reconciliation of financial reform on Friday—but there's a lot more paper than substantive reform targeting major factors driving 2008's financial panic. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Summertime Rebalance

By, 06/25/2010
Early summer is index rebalancing season, which may briefly impact some shares for a short period. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Housing Tax-Credit Hangover

By, 06/24/2010
New and existing home sales data for May disappointed—but the expiring housing tax credit likely played a role.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

“Crime” and Punishment

By, 06/23/2010
The UK, France, and Germany announced their joint support of general bank levies to reduce financial risk Tuesday.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Yuan for You, Yuan for Me

By, 06/22/2010
China announced over the weekend it will loosen the US dollar-yuan currency peg. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

RIP FSA

By, 06/21/2010
The Brits will likely merge their central financial services regulator, the FSA, with the Bank of England. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Rational Optimist

By, 06/21/2010
Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist is timely and, bar none, the best book of the last several years for investors. Too bad most will only see it as a history book.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Unnecessary Stressing

By, 06/18/2010
Debate over releasing EU bank stress test results is now resolved—perhaps the next test should be a recent history test for EU and US politicians.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Charge It, Please…Or Not

By, 06/17/2010
On Tuesday, the Fed announced amendments to the Credit CARD Act of 2009—which included regulations on late payments and account inactivity penalty fees. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Make Trade, Not Taxes

By, 06/16/2010
Western governments would do well to cast their eyes East—where freer trade and lower taxes may boost growth. read more
Nathan Fisher
Into Perspective

Don't Stress the Tech

By, 06/16/2010
Global investors should rejoice in the long-term benefits of technological advancements regardless where they come from.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

We’re Not Out of the PIIGS Pen, Yet

By, 06/15/2010
Though Greece continues to rattle, market jitters over PIIGS could be short-lived. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Cashlandia

By, 06/14/2010
While some fear ailing US consumers, businesses are showing resounding balance sheet vitality—a likely forerunner to bullish business spending.  read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Improvements for the Average João

By, 06/11/2010
While not a brand new story, rapid Emerging Markets growth is as current as ever.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Deficits

Debunking Debt Concerns

By, 06/10/2010
We're big enough to handle our debt—and more. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Not So Sterling Warning

By, 06/09/2010
The timing and tone of an unexpected Fitch warning on the UK's credit rating were a little strange. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

We’re Okay, Euro Okay

By, 06/08/2010
German industrial activity shows not all is bleak in the eurozone.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Crisis, Roubini Style

By, 06/08/2010
Nouriel Roubini's Crisis Economics delivers more Dr. Doom gloom but is of little use for most investors. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Hungary for News

By, 06/07/2010
Global stocks shed mid-week gains on Friday, tied to one story that was positive but not positive enough, and gamesmanship from a new Hungarian politician. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Crisis-Gate

By, 06/04/2010
"Crisis” has worked its way into our lexicon all too frequently in the recent past—so frequently that its meaning has been lost. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Greatest Trade Ever

By, 06/03/2010
Gregory Zuckerman's The Greatest Trade Ever not only beat Michael Lewis to the punch, but is a better book about those who profited from the bear market. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Positive Profits

By, 06/03/2010
Emerging Markets are in the lead, but there's promising news in developed nations too. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Land of the Revolving Door

By, 06/02/2010
The besieged Japanese prime minister resigns. However, it should have little effect on global stocks. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

PIIGS and Chips

By, 06/01/2010
Spain's credit was downgraded on Friday, but that shouldn't overshadow positive developments elsewhere, like US manufacturing. read more
Jason Dorrier
Into Perspective

The Big Bang

By, 05/28/2010
If the market could rise through FDR's first legislative barrage, then it's likely to ride out today's less revolutionary round too. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

A Crisis of Irony

By, 05/28/2010
Eurozone debt concerns have led to a lot of speculation, rumor, and talk lately—some of it rather ironic hot air. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Forecasting

Projecting on Growth

By, 05/27/2010
A recent OECD report significantly raised global economic growth forecasts for 2010 and 2011—despite European debt woes. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Interest Rates

LIBOR and TED’s Bogus Journey

By, 05/25/2010
Upticks in interbank borrowing rates are alarming some—but rates remain near historic lows. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Getting Off Track

By, 05/25/2010
John Taylor's short but pungent book on the financial crisis is the closest yet to articulating the truth of 2008's panic...but still doesn't quite get there. read more
Others

Of Politics and Markets

Political uncertainty in the US and Europe contributed to a volatile week for stocks read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Corrections and Other Common Anomalies

By, 05/21/2010
Market recoveries, and economic recoveries, aren't smooth slopes higher—occasional bumps along the road should be expected.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

An Uphill Battle

By, 05/20/2010
German politicians recently banned naked short-selling of sovereign debt and bank shares. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Inflation

Dear Chancellor

By, 05/19/2010
The BoE has some explaining to do, but inflation is not a global worry yet. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Deficits

America, Still Popular

By, 05/18/2010
Recent data show it takes more than badmouthing to strip US assets of their popularity. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

The Fundamental Focus

By, 05/17/2010
As stocks waver on euro-worries, global economic fundamentals continue their strong showing. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Girl from Ipanema or Santorini?

By, 05/14/2010
Today's Brazil is an image of growth, but eight years ago it resembled Greece.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Little Inflation in Big China

By, 05/13/2010
Does an April uptick in Chinese inflation mean its explosive growth is unsustainable? Not just yet.read more
Brad Pyles
The Global View

Ghosts of Panics Past

By, 05/13/2010
If you're worried a collapse of China's real estate market will fuel the next global catastrophe, you're barking up the wrong tree. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Hearing a Day

By, 05/12/2010
Congressional hearings give the air of "action” but accomplish little.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The World Is Flat

By, 05/11/2010
Now in its third version, Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat has proven itself the keystone popular analysis on modern globalization. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

C’est Un Bazooka

By, 05/11/2010
The EU unleashed a bazooka-sized rescue package on Sunday. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

No PM and More Volatility

By, 05/10/2010
Despite political uncertainty in Britain and widespread fears of a European debt contagion, economic news was overwhelmingly positive.read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

Comparing Contagions

By, 05/07/2010
Should investors find solace in comparisons between Europe today and the Asian financial crisis? read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Only Thing to Fear Is…Fear!

By, 05/07/2010
A volatile day on Wall Street left investors scratching their headsread more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Upbeat on Unemployment

By, 05/06/2010
Unemployment news recently is trending more positive—but expect the unemployment rate to remain high for awhile as more people start seeking jobs. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Rumors and Rhetoric

By, 05/05/2010
Despite positive economic news, sovereign debt speculation sent global markets spiraling on Tuesday.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

“Short”-comings

By, 05/04/2010
Hedge funds betting against the market get hurt—sometimes in a big way—when stock prices rise. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Richest Man in Babylon

By, 05/04/2010

The Richest Man in Babylon is a great book for your graduating grandchildren, but probably too hammy for the rest of us.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

Third Time’s Also a Charm

By, 05/03/2010
The US economy expanded for the third consecutive quarter. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

May Day!

By, 04/30/2010
It's the time of year for a classic rhyming myth to return from winter—but it doesn't pass muster when tested. read more
John Hulcher
Into Perspective

Derivatives 101

By, 04/29/2010
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Derivatives are getting a bad rap these days. But they're merely investment tools—not inherently good or bad—and often quite useful. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A (Non) Moving Target

By, 04/29/2010
The Fed maintained its target rate Tuesday—but it's only natural to worry about what happens when higher rates do come. (Hint: Fine things historically.)read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

The Benefits of Union

By, 04/28/2010
Sovereign debt uncertainty struck global markets again Tuesday.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Corporate Earnings

Rocky Earnings

By, 04/27/2010
S&P 500 companies reporting earnings thus far are beating analysts' expectations—by a wide margin.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Age of the Unthinkable

By, 04/27/2010
Joshua Cooper Ramo's The Age of the Unthinkable, ends up missing the mark, but for the right reasons.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

A Tale of Two Bonds

By, 04/26/2010
Recent US-dollar bond offerings by Russia and Greece illustrate the uneven nature of economic recovery. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

To Burn or to Stone…

By, 04/23/2010
Bankers deserve their share of the blame for 2008, but why solely them?read more
Lara Hoffmans
The Global View

The EU Fights for Your Rights (to Party)

By, 04/22/2010
Fears our nation is heading for socialism are overwrought. The EU is a different story.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

FAT Chance

By, 04/22/2010
The IMF proposed a bank tax to avoid future crises. Ill advised? Sure. Bull stopping? Fat chance.   read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Brimstone for Breakfast

By, 04/21/2010
Human behavior after an economic crisis is as immovable as it is predictable.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Bull in a China Shop

By, 04/20/2010
China's growth prospects look good, but remember, investing in Emerging Markets can be more volatile than in developed countries. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Goldman on Trial

By, 04/19/2010
Goldman Sachs has been charged by the SEC for allegedly failing to disclose material information about CDOs. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Big Cynic

By, 04/19/2010

With his newest bestseller, The Big Short, Michael Lewis proves he's still the most entertaining financial journalist around. But his cynicism betrays him too often.

read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

PIIGS Versus SKIMJOSTS

By, 04/16/2010
In terms of global economic significance, PIIGS can't hold a candle to a new, slightly less cute acronym. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Taxes

Uncle Sam’s Payday

By, 04/15/2010
There's much talk about raising taxes, but whether or not taxes go higher likely has little effect on the bull market.read more
Jason Dorrier
Into Perspective

The Paper Crunch

By, 04/15/2010
As the debate rages over how to regulate credit derivatives, let's look back at another time when a burgeoning market (then stocks) forced Wall Street to change how it did business. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Monetary Measurements

By, 04/14/2010
Taking the temperature of Chinese monetary policy, we find it's neither too hot nor too cold presently.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

It's Not as Bad as You Think

By, 04/13/2010

Brian S. Wesbury's It's Not as Bad as You Think: Why Capitalism Trumps Fear and the Economy Will Thrive picks up where Milton Friedman left off.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

Wonka Wonka Wonka

By, 04/13/2010
The wonks at NBER are delaying declaring the recession's end—but investors needn't care about an "official” declaration.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Extra-Special Bulletproof

By, 04/12/2010
Are credit ratings agencies really all that different from other forms of financial analysis? Nope. read more
Jennifer Marquand
Into Perspective

Today’s Special: Pessimistic Perception

By, 04/09/2010
The reality beneath today's skepticism: The US economy is recovering and stocks have risen significantly over the past year. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Going Once…Going Twice…

By, 04/09/2010
A great deal of ink has been spilled over the world's growing disdain for US Debt, but two recent Treasury auctions tell a different tale.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Greece Got Your Goat?

By, 04/08/2010
Greece is once again making headlines, with government bond yields hitting historical highs this week.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Freer + Butter = Better

By, 04/07/2010
We don't often think much of Washington's "bright” ideas, but clearing houses could be a good thing for some credit derivatives markets.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Whose Side Are Yuan?

By, 04/06/2010
Is all the fuss over China's currency policy warranted?read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Capitalism and Freedom

By, 04/06/2010

Capitalism and Freedom is the best entry point into the world of Milton Friedman.

read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

No Kidding

By, 04/05/2010
Stocks got off to a good start in the second quarter, with gains likely fueled by positive manufacturing data from countries large and small. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Don't Holler About the Dollar

By, 04/01/2010
The latest IMF data show the US dollar accounted for over 62% of global reserve assets in Q4 2009, up from the previous quarter. read more
Aaron Anderson
The Global View

Curse the Dark or Light a Candle?

By, 04/01/2010
Could Germany use credit default swaps to ease Greece's debt woes?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Adventure’s Out There

By, 03/31/2010
Though the housing market continues stabilizing, the pace of recovery remains slow—in stark contrast to stocks and the broader economy.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Short-Changed

By, 03/30/2010
Banks have received little credit for repaying bailout loans. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Behavioral Finance

Feelings and Other Tragedies

By, 03/29/2010
Most Americans feel like their portfolios haven't grown over the last year. But feelings are often completely wrong. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Swatting the Fly on the Wall

By, 03/26/2010
An injunction preventing unauthorized early release of analyst recommendations has a little website (and some opponents) up in arms—but the ruling ultimately doesn't much matter for long-term investors. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

How to Lie With Statistics

By, 03/26/2010
How to Lie With Statistics is still the best book for beginners to enter the world of statistical analysis. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

If It’s Not One Thing…

By, 03/25/2010
PIIGS problems seem to keep coming, but they likely won't be as bad as widely feared. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

There's a Pill for That

By, 03/23/2010
The House of Representatives passed the Senate health care bill Sunday night—what does this mean for stock markets?read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Apocalypse...Now!

By, 03/22/2010
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The Wiedemer brothers' Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown is sure to go down in infamy as a landmark of today's pessimism.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Globalization

Timing (Isn’t) Everything

By, 03/22/2010
Global markets seem to be back on track after the early 2010 pullback. But expect volatility ahead—it's only normal. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

March On

By, 03/19/2010
Wednesday's tame consumer price index reading is welcome confirmation inflation remains a distant threat.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Meaningless Marker

By, 03/18/2010
Major stock market indexes hit 18-month highs Wednesday—spurring some folks to fear stocks may be due for a drop. read more
Elizabeth Anathan
Into Perspective

Attack of the Virtual Tomatoes!!!!

By, 03/18/2010
The US government's unemployment projections look lackluster—perhaps they're projecting growth for an economy that's no longer here. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

On the Watch

By, 03/17/2010
The Fed held steady as an old accounting debate stirred early this week.  read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Attack of the Quants!

By, 03/16/2010
Books about "quants” are popping up everywhere, but Emmanuel Derman's My Life as a Quant is best for neophytes.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Deficits

Not in the Mood

By, 03/16/2010
Moody signaled its displeasure with US debt levels by announcing the country was closer to a rating downgrade. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

Bottoms Up!

By, 03/15/2010
A year after the bear market bottom, we look at how far global markets (and economies!) have come. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Logorama

By, 03/12/2010
A resurging corporate debt market is yet another sign companies are strong and ready to spend, which spells growth for the broader economy.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Tale of Two Swaps

By, 03/11/2010
Greek cross currency and credit default swaps have been in the headlines lately. read more
Maroun Allam
The Global View

Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip

By, 03/11/2010
If you're considering directly investing in the UK stock market, now may be a good time to exercise that most British of characteristics—reserve.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Long Live the King?

By, 03/10/2010
Cash is corporate king currently, and that bodes well for stocks looking forward. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

Russian Roulette

By, 03/09/2010
Russia's economic outlook may not look as red-hot as other Emerging Markets'.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Of Two Minds

By, 03/08/2010
Reading Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff's It's Different This Time is one heck of a frustrating experience, and nearly split my mind in two.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Packing a Punch?

By, 03/05/2010
Many fear commercial real estate losses present a potential blow to economic recovery. read more
Jennifer Marquand
Into Perspective

The Fed in Focus

By, 03/05/2010
With plenty of proposals pending to "fix” our regulatory system to prevent future crisis, it's worthwhile to examine the origins of our current system.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Servicing Crickets

By, 03/04/2010
Growth in US service industries is yet another sign we're in a broad-based recovery. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

In Memoriam

By, 03/03/2010
This month memorializes the 2000 market peak a decade on. Looking back, we find few revolutionary investing lessons, but many essential reminders. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Risks

Natural (In)effects

By, 03/02/2010
Though tragic, natural disasters and terrorist attacks have historically relatively minimal effects on markets. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

I Am the Walrus (Goo goo g' joob)

By, 03/02/2010
Sean D. Carr's The Panic of 1907 illustrates just how familiar—and also different—the events of 2008 really were. A truly mind-bending trip, man. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

Underdogs Victorious

By, 03/01/2010
The US and most Emerging Markets beating Q4 GDP expectations signals the global economy is alive and well. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Headline Hog

By, 02/26/2010
The threat of continuing Greek drama dominated headlines Thursday, but investors were left with more questions than answers at day's end.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Capitalism

Banks and Capitalism

By, 02/25/2010
Likely mindful of a still-struggling banking industry and other economic vulnerabilities, Fed head Ben Bernanke emphasized the need for continued low interest rates on Wednesday. read more
John Hulcher
Unconventional Wisdom

Don’t Go With the (Fund) Flow

By, 02/24/2010
Sticking with a long-term investment strategy can be tough during heightened volatility, but disciplined investors generally experience better returns in the long run.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A False Prophet

By, 02/24/2010
February's falling consumer confidence doesn't tell us much and should little worry investors. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Dead Bill Walking?

By, 02/23/2010
The White House is hoping to breathe new life into the health care legislation—but is it just a dead bill walking?read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A Fed Surprise

By, 02/22/2010

The Fed raised the discount rate Friday—a baby step toward normalizing monetary policy.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Whoop, There It Is

By, 02/19/2010
There's much to whoop and cheer about in the US manufacturing sector.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

The Apologia of Hank Paulson

By, 02/19/2010
Henry Paulson's On the Brink is disappointing and too long, while Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big to Fail might well end up the definitive text of the era.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

PIIGS Go to Market

By, 02/18/2010
Recent PIIGS countries bond auctions were oversubscribed. read more
Akash Patel
Into Perspective

IOUs That Shouldn’t Worry U or I

By, 02/17/2010
It's tough to go 15 minutes these days without hearing something about debt—consumer debt, sovereign debt, business debt, you name it. read more
Others

The Chinese Invasion?

Japan surpassed China as the largest foreign holder of US Treasuries in December. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

Remind Me

By, 02/16/2010
Amid recent stock market volatility, it's easy to forget why this bull market will continue. Allow us to jog your memory. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Commodities

Gold’s Safety Blanket Myth

By, 02/12/2010
Gold can be emotionally comforting when markets get volatile, but it boasts poor long-term returns compared to stocks. read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Geopolitics, Battlestars, and the Next 100 Years

By, 02/11/2010
George Friedman's The Next 100 Years is an ambitious and fascinating glimpse into the future of geopolitics.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

The Plan That’s Just a Plan

By, 02/11/2010
Fed head Bernanke released a statement Wednesday detailing stimulus exit options—but indicated monetary policy will remain accommodative for a while yet. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Here Comes . . . a Little Sun

By, 02/10/2010
Falling inventories, little talked about, signal continued economic improvement and could help stocks rise over time. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

Simmer Down Over Corporate Bonds

By, 02/09/2010
Sentiment may be shaking the corporate bond market right now, but companies' prospects are largely robust. read more
Lara Hoffmans
The Global View

We're Number Eight!

By, 02/08/2010
If being "number one” were a vital investing concern, we'd all invest in Luxembourg and call it a day.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

A Tale of Two Surveys

By, 02/08/2010
Friday's employment report might seem a mixed bag, but it shows progress overall. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Big Fat Greek Deficit—Redux

By, 02/05/2010
Markets dropped significantly Thursday as sovereign debt fears resurfaced in the EU. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Melancholy Over Manufacturing?

By, 02/04/2010
US manufacturing expanded in January at the fastest pace in five years, but naysayers fear the sector's continuing decline.read more
Michael Hanson
Business in Review

Starting With a True Classic

By, 02/03/2010
GC Selden's Psychology of the Stock Market is full of wit and wisdom…and still relevant today.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Budget Blueprint Blues

By, 02/03/2010
The White House released its budget blueprint for fiscal year 2011 Monday. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Forecasting

Flipping the January Argument on Its Head

By, 02/02/2010
Markets finished January in the red, but that doesn't tell investors much about the year.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
GDP

This. Is. Good. News.

By, 02/01/2010
As US GDP grew at its fastest pace in six years, the pessimism of disbelief finds reason to doubt. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Running on Rumors

By, 01/29/2010
Concerns over Greece's rising deficits escalated this week, but sentiment (not fundamentals) seems the culprit behind the volatility.read more
Jason Dorrier
Into Perspective

Rooted in Rocky Soil

By, 01/29/2010
Flipping through history's pages, we find plenty of hard times, some far harder than today. But one thing rings true time and again—economic ashes grow innovation.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

One Step at a Time

By, 01/28/2010
The FOMC's Wednesday meeting contained no surprises—but showed the Fed's willing to maintain accommodative policies until the recovery is on surer footing. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Cheerio Ol’ Chap

By, 01/27/2010
The UK became the last developed country to bid cheerio to the recession on Tuesday. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Ben There. Done That. Now Let's Do It Again.

By, 01/26/2010
Senators are dragging their feet over Fed chair Bernanke's confirmation vote, but it's very likely he'll get another term. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Investor Sentiment

Pessimism of Disbelief

By, 01/25/2010
Sad news is everywhere, but don't believe everything you read.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

A Limiting Proposal

By, 01/22/2010
President Obama proposed further regulation of large financial institutions on Thursday, but lacking details, sent markets into a tailspin. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

So Long, Sixty

By, 01/21/2010
Tuesday's election surprise likely spells doom for health care reform.read more
Carolyn Feng
Capitalist Corner

A Taxing Situation

By, 01/20/2010
Imposing new or higher taxes seems an easy way to generate money—but it can backfire.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Euronomics

By, 01/20/2010
The European economy overall continues to show signs of recovery.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Emerging Markets

A Race We All Win

By, 01/19/2010
It's easy to think the developed nations make the world go round—but don't discount the up-and-comers. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Taxes

Taxing TARP

By, 01/15/2010
Besides death and taxes, the only other certainty is the government can be counted on to cook up goofy remedies to problems of its own making.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Market Cycles

Correct Correction Behavior

By, 01/14/2010
After a strong bull market run, a correction this year wouldn't be surprising and shouldn't be feared. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Of Dogs and Decoupling

By, 01/13/2010
No single factor explains broad market trends—ever. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Currencies

Submerging Market

By, 01/12/2010
Emerging markets are leading the global economic recovery, but events in Venezuela show not all emerging markets are equal.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Another Brick in the Wall

By, 01/11/2010
December's job losses may discourage, but they're just another brick in the bull market's wall of worry. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Testing the Tiger

By, 01/08/2010
With China's recovery gaining ground, gradual policy tightening is underway.read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Taxes

Bonus Brawl: Round Two

By, 01/07/2010
The UK's 50% banker bonus tax is causing a stir among the industry's biggest firms. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

See You Next January

By, 01/06/2010
So goes January, so goes the year—so long? Not so fast. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Alternative Investments

Bonds in Red

By, 01/05/2010
Bonds can lose value too. 2009 was an example. read more
Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

Trading in the New Year

By, 01/04/2010
New trade tariffs aren't on the list of reasons to celebrate the New Year.read more

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