Bliman, Todd

Todd is the Content Group Manager at Fisher Investments and MarketMinder's Managing Editor. He has been with the firm since 2006 and has about 15 years' industry experience.

Is Globalization in Retreat?

11/10/2016

Before we presume that half a century of building economic ties is unraveling, let’s consider what is talk and what is action.

More Reasons Than Usual to Doubt UK Consumer Confidence Data

07/14/2016

British consumer confidence plunged post-Brexit, but you should approach these data skeptically.

Your Chief Enemy Today Is Likely Yourself

06/24/2016

Volatile swings like those that followed Thursday night’s Brexit vote aren’t a call to action. They are a call for reason.

Brexit, and the Creative Art of Misinformation

05/20/2016

In the heated debate over the UK's referendum on EU membership, the economic impact is commonly overstated.

See Through the Oily Haze Skewing Economic Data

03/10/2016

Oil’s big drop since 2014 seems to have clouded investors’ view of the US economy.

Rational Thoughts for Irrational Times

01/22/2016

Volatility can mess with your mind—always remember to focus on the big picture when things get rocky.

What Did JPMorgan’s Dimon Say About the US Economy?

01/14/2016

Analyzing media for you to add in crucial missing context.

The Fruitless Folly of Forecasting the Fed

09/04/2015

Forecasting Fed moves is an exercise in futility, as two financial writers illustrated Thursday.

Employer Stock, and the Risk in Buying What You Know

07/13/2015

Holding a huge position in any individual stock is risky. Especially employer stock.

It’s the Slow Lane for TPP

06/15/2015

So-called fast-track Trade-Promotion Authority legislation hit the skids Friday, when the House rejected a related bill, hampering US involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

3 Reasons the Dollar’s Reserve Currency Status Shouldn’t Worry You—in Charts!

04/17/2015

Let’s reassess longstanding fears the dollar will lose its status as the world’s primary reserve currency.

What Does This Messy Chart Say About Rate Hike Fears?

03/12/2015

Here is the history of market action pre- and post-initial rate hike, in a very messy line graph.

1,896 Days Ago, Greece Was a Mess

02/26/2015

If Greece fears haven't derailed the bull market yet, the likelihood they do the enxt time they pop up is teensy. 

The Dismal Art

09/03/2014

It’s unlikely you’d see many headlines touting the fact US GDP growth has been above average in three of the last four quarters. 

Passive Investing’s Primary Error: It’s (Mostly) Imaginary

08/12/2014

The number of passive investment products vastly exceeds the ranks of actually passive investors.

When Do We Get to the Bearish One?

06/24/2014

At what point do we reach the actually bearish all-time high?

America Gets All Austere

06/20/2014

The Federal budget deficit is way down, and deficit fears should be too.

The Cost of Trying to Time Corrections

06/09/2014

Opportunity cost is money lost.

How Passive Can Active Be?

06/04/2014

Index construction is getting bizarrely active.

When Does Focusing on Dividends Actually Pay Dividends?

06/04/2014

In the long run, stocks are stocks—there is no permanently “better” stock. And yes, that includes high-dividend stocks.

That (Wonderful) Wall of Worry

05/09/2014

We’re not out of the woods yet, and that’s bullish.

Free to Fail

04/28/2014

Markets have never been more democratic, for good and ill. 

This Is Your Brain on Markets

03/25/2014

Your mind can play tricks on your portfolio—being aware of them early may be your best defense.

Five Reasons a Scary, Viral Chart Is Misleading—and One Reason It’s Bullish

02/13/2014

A misleading chart concluding a 1929-style crash looms has gone viral—a sign there is likely much more bull market to come.

Strolling Down Maiden Lane

01/13/2014

A news story you may have missed provides valuable evidence to counter the popular narrative of 2008’s financial crisis.

The Many Faces of Risk, Retirement Edition

12/26/2013

Contrary to what many believe, risk has a much broader meaning than merely risk of loss.

Incentives, Interests and Investors

12/04/2013

Basic economics teaches that rational individuals respond to incentives. What if your advisor’s incentives are at odds with your interests?

The Compass

11/14/2013

The rule governing your advisor's actions is less important than the ethical compass that guides their actions.

Passive Investors and Other Endangered Species

10/25/2013

Passive investing is fine in theory, but extremely difficult to apply in the real world.

Are Politicians Holding Your Financial Future Hostage?

10/15/2013

Allowing Beltway rhetorical battles to drive investment decision making is a big risk to your financial future.       

An Open Letter to Janet Yellen

10/11/2013

A quick reminder for Fed head nominee Janet Yellen: Simpler is often better.

Detonate Your Debt-Ceiling Fears

10/03/2013

Some presume the debt ceiling is a huge risk looming in the near future, but there is ample evidence suggesting these fears are detached from reality.

The Government Shuts Down

10/01/2013

The government shutdown that began midnight Tuesday helps add clarity to the potential market impact of both recent budget squabbling and the debt ceiling.  

Book Review: ‘Get Them to Blink In Sequence’—James Rickards' Currency Wars

09/30/2013

James Rickards' Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis is ambitious but falls far short of adding material value for investors.

Nobody’s Fool

08/29/2013

It’s a mistake to heavily weight hypothetical past returns when performing due diligence.

Thug Island Dreamin’

08/19/2013

Historically, geopolitical tensions move stocks less than you might think.

Puffery: S&P’s Magical First Amendment Defense

04/23/2013

Oddly, S&P’s defense against the Justice Department’s lawsuit seems to be their ratings amount to “puffery.”

Was That Cry “Wolf”?

03/07/2013

If we extrapolate its growth forward, hyperbole is destined to crush common sense.

Greece’s Anything-But-Euro Crisis

08/14/2012

The common currency tends to be a convenient scapegoat for all that ails Greece, but this seemingly gets the Greek situation entirely backwards.

Book Review: The Sarbanes-Oxley Debacle

05/23/2012

A decade after SarbOx became law, a look back seems apt.

An Often Overlooked, Yet Obvious Point on UK Trade

02/01/2012

As a source of export demand, the eurozone in aggregate is significant to the UK. But this total view doesn’t tell the full story.

The Not-So-Super Committee

11/10/2011

We’re closing in on Thanksgiving, and political football over the deficit seems set to kickoff again.

That (Non-Existent) Giant Sucking Sound

10/20/2011

Many suppose foreign trade reduces employment opportunities for American workers. But digging even slightly below the surface shows these theories lack factual support.

Debating the Yuan

10/03/2011

The Senate began its annual exercise debating US-China trade policy Monday.

Conquering Volatility, Grandpa Dex Style

08/15/2011

When financial markets get rocky, many investors don’t need a new investment strategy. They need one for controlling their nerves.

A Common Thread Between Horse Manure and Peak Oil

05/05/2011

Many Peak Oil theorists’ bleak view of human creativity and lack of understanding of modern science are fatal fallacies.

The Ever-Evolving Economic Engine

11/09/2010

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

On Wheelbarrows and Flogging

09/23/2010

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

Don’t Bank on Deflation

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.

Sometimes True

08/06/2010
When does focusing on dividends really pay dividends?

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