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Raising Rates? What Will Happen?

Published November 17, 2015 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments

​What will happen after the Federal Reserve begins to raise rates? If the Fed’s efforts to raise interest rates are successful, what will happen next? It all depends on whom you ask:Dr. David P. Kelly, CFA, Managing Director Chief Global Strategist, JPMorgan: “Looking back at prior Fed rate hikes suggests that at first, investors have a […]

Norming Behavior

Published June 22, 2015 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments

Ip! Ip! OORAY! Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator at The Wall Street Journal, was blogging about business cycles. He wrote, “After a perplexing start to the year, the economy is starting to make sense…[Recently released data] has begun to help solve three puzzles that have hung over the U.S. and global economies in the last […]

What is our Fiscal Space?

Published June 9, 2015 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments

When a government has a lot of debt, is it better to implement an austerity plan and pay the debt down? Or, take advantage of low interest rates and invest in the country? Since the financial crisis, countries around the world have racked up a lot of debt through stimulus programs, financial bailouts, and other […]

The pendulum swings back

Published March 7, 2015 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments

​ A manufacturing renaissance in america… really? In the 1950s, manufacturing accounted for 30 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States. Today, it comprises about 12 percent of GDP. That’s a big change and it was accompanied by a big shift […]

US Companies are fabulously profitable……

Published May 9, 2014 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments
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​ So, you’ve heard U.S. companies are fabulously profitable and sitting on record piles of cash. It’s true. According to Moody’s Investors Service, non-financial U.S. companies had hoards of cash at the end of 2013 – about $1.64 trillion. That’s about 12 percent more than the previous year’s record-setting $1.46 trillion. Technology, healthcare/ pharmaceutical, consumer […]

THERE’S A NEW INDEX IN TOWN…

Published April 18, 2014 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments
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​ About five years ago, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council proposed a new index be developed, one that would “increase the impact that social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers can have in the world.” The general idea was the new index would measure social progress and spur competition between nations to improve […]

What does the Future Hold?

Published April 4, 2014 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments
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If you’re wondering about reality television, National Public Radio says it may be virtual reality goggles that let viewers feel as though they are part of a show or let them interact with shows. If you’re asking about astronomy, it could be finding a planet that’s ten times larger than earth orbiting our sun. Of […]

Like a First Time Marathoner

Published March 28, 2014 in Invest Confidently - 0 Comments
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Some worry the U.S. stock market, like a first time marathoner, a few miles from the finish, may be getting a little wobbly. There is no denying the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has had a good run. It has gained about 172 percent since its low following the financial crisis, and its earnings have […]