Tag Archives: financial markets

Interesting Divergence Post-Brexit Between Stocks And Treasury Bond Price Action!

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Summary: Brexit: Stocks going up while treasury yields are going down? Intuitively it’s not necessarily supposed to be that way! The price action comparison between the stock market and the 10-year U.S. treasury yield since the Friday following the Brexit victory offers an interesting contrast and potential warning sign for investors! Stocks Since the huge move […]

Federal Reserve Gradualism: A Dangerous Game?

In a move many market participants felt was long overdue, at its most recent meeting the Fed raised the fed funds rate .25%! And, after parsing the language in Janet Yellen’s statement, the belief is that 2016 may see two or three more hikes of .25% each leaving the fed funds rate in the .75%-1% range at the end of […]

Fed Decision: It’s The Final Countdown (Video)

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Summary: Fed rate hikes, like eating Lay’s potato chips, are rarely done just once. Will the Fed raise rates tomorrow as expected and then what will be its plan going forward? ‘Fed Decision: It’s The Final Countdown (Video)‘ Today the Fed begins to deliberate about what will likely be the first interest rate hike in nine […]

Derivatives 101: Great Financial Tool Or Sinister Financial Time Bomb?

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Derivatives…Derivatives? D-E-R-I-V-A-T-I-V-E-S! Most if not everyone who reads this article has heard the term derivatives at some point in time. And when they have, it’s likely been in the context of how these financial instruments that are not typically seen and not really understood by the masses are actually fiscal time bombs that, if ever detonated, could bring […]

The Bullish Bias Of Business News

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As both an observer of, and participant in the financial markets for 30-years, one trend has remained annoyingly consistent! Focusing on stocks for the purposes of this article, I speak of course about the propensity for business news to incessantly downplay the significance of a bad market and to unabashedly cheerlead a good one. Maybe […]

Greeks Vote No!

Now that it appears that the Greek people have voted NO to the bailout terms of its creditors, what happens next? These are the initial thoughts of Mohamed El-Erian of Allianz (formerly from Pimco) that he posted on Facebook. Update on the Greek ReferendumFYI, here’s a quick “Greferendum” update. More to follow.1. Exit polls out of […]

Greek Tragedy – A Metaphor!

This metaphor is an attempt to describe the Greece crisis in layman’s terms (if anyone agrees, disagrees or can state it in a better way please let me know)! As the owner of a title insurance firm who witnessed firsthand the financial market and real estate industry meltdowns due to people getting in over their […]

Test Your Financial Literacy With This Short Quiz!

This short quiz will provide you with a general idea of your financial IQ and whether you should potentially speak with an expert in the field! I took this test at a meeting this morning and my score is available upon request. Financial Literacy Quiz 1) Stock prices are primarily the result of a) Level of […]

Why is the price of crude oil so damn low?

The price of crude oil is currently one of the big news stories that both financial market AND geopolitical analysts are paying close attention to! Where is the bottom in the price of crude oil, when will it arrive, what message is the sharp and steep decline telling us and what if any impact will it have […]

Housing Recovery: Illusion or Reality?

For the benefit of the country, the economy , personal wealth, the stability of  financial markets not to mention my business I hope that the apparent statistical strength in housing is for real and stays that way for a long, long time! But for the purposes of providing what we hope will be useful, accurate and, […]