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Keep an Eye on China

A good (despite the hyperbolic headline) post on Zero Hedge this morning about the Trump administration cracking down on trade issues with China:  Trump to Launch Trade War With China on Friday, Beijing vows retaliation. As we mentioned shortly after the election in Chines Currency Manipulation and the New “Giant Sucking Sound”,  trade relations with … Continue reading

After a Tough November for Bonds What’s Next for Investors?

Bond investors are in for a rude awakening when it is time to look at November account statements. As the ten-year treasury yield jumped from  1.83%  to 2.37%, the Lehman Brothers Aggregate Total Return ETF (AGG) was down 2.68%.  The 7-10 year Treasury ETF (IEI) was down 4.23% for the month and the the Long … Continue reading

April FOMC Meeting Minutes: The stakes are raised for June

  The Federal Reserved released the minutes for the April FOMC meeting yesterday. According to Barrons.com   the tone of the minutes was surprising hawkish and indicates the the Fed is ready to ready to hike rates at the meeting scheduled for June 14 and 15. While there were some dovish sentiments regarding the need … Continue reading

February Employment Report: Steady as She Goes

On balance a very good employment report  for the month of February that saw an increase in nonfarm payrolls of 242,000 that easily beat the consensus estimate  of 190,000. In addition the December and January numbers were revised upwards for a total of 30,000 jobs. A number sure to stir some discussion however was the … Continue reading

A Long Time Coming: 6 things that have happened since last fed rate hike

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee is set to raise interest rates today, for the first time in nearly ten years. On June 29, 2006 the FOMC raised the target rate for fedral funds from 5.0 % to 5.25%.   At that point Ben Bernanke was but a mere puppy as Federal Reserve Chairman, just … Continue reading

Fund Review : Ivy Asset Strategy Fund

  By Ted Barnhart Note: please see disclaimer and disclosure following this post. A Fund For “Austrians” If followers of Austrian School Economics were to get together to construct a mainstream equity based mutual fund that addressed their concerns, they would create the Ivy Asset Strategy Fund. The fund is categorized by Morningstar as a … Continue reading

By The Numbers: October 2014

October 2014 could best be described as the big rebound with the S&P500 initiating a strong rally mid month to post a return, as measured by the SPY exchange traded fund (etf) of 2.36% for the month, and a year to date total return of 10.71%.   Indeed in mid-month the SPY was down 7.5% from … Continue reading

Bernanke in Jackson Hole: Don’t Make Me Do It!

Anyone who was waiting for a “man bites dog” moment from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s address at Jackson Hole can keep waiting.  The Chairman’s message today was the same that is has been for some time:  The Bernanke Put lives on, but the Fed will only break the glass in case of an emergency. … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Fed (FOMC) Meeting

The FOMC wrapped up its two-day meeting by announcing that it will extend the Operation Twist program for the rest of the year. The statement also said that “the committee [FOMC] is prepared to take further action as appropriate to promote a stronger economic recovery and sustained improvement in labor market conditions in a context … Continue reading

Friday Humor: (The Onion) Drunken Ben Bernanke Tells Everyone at Neighborhood Bar How Screwed Up Economy Really Is

From the Onion: SEWARD, NE—Claiming he wasn’t afraid to let everyone in attendance know about “the real mess we’re in,” Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke reportedly got drunk Tuesday and told everyone at Elwood’s Corner Tavern about how absolutely…..Excerpt from The Onion Very funny, but also very sad that there is more truth in this article … Continue reading

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