U.S. Investing

Key Takeaways from Jackson Hole

Despite numerous Fed officals speaking over the weekend, there was no strong signal as to what action the FOMC may take in September.  Indeed, Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer was asked repeatedly throughout the weekend about what action the Fed may take at its next policy meeting and he worked hard to keep all options open for the FOMC.

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Much Ado About Yuan

China began to devalue their currency and markets reacted sharply.  As the week progressed, however, initial fears proved to be unfounded.   

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The Fed and Future Interest Rates: 4 Key Questions

  In June, the FOMC declined to begin the long process of normalizing interest rates.  However, the Committee still positioned itself to raise rates later this year for the first time in nearly a decade.  Investors are increasingly focused on what the Fed’s new rate regime will look like and FOMC words and actions have given us some insight into this.  Here are answers to four key questions about the FOMC and future interest rates:   What does the FOMC need to see before normalizing interest rates? Federal

US Stock Market October Performance at a Glance

Here are the best & worst performing market segments last month.  The total market earned 4%, bringing the year to date to more than 26%.

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The U.S. Will Become A Third-World Nation Unless We Fix Our Financial Mess

I don’t think anyone can deny that the U.S. government needs to fix its national spending and taxation policies, and do it quickly. This nation, in my opinion, is heading toward third-world status if its financial situation isn’t corrected. We’ve been the world’s greatest power, militarily as well as economically, for a long time. But remember, so were Rome, the Mongols, Great Britain and Portugal, and those once-mighty nations all fell from greatness.

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