Weighing the Week Ahead: Anything Goes!

I cannot remember a market week with so many significant events. Important economic data and testimony by Fed Chairman Powell would be a big week. But we also have the Trump/Putin meeting, the start of an important earnings season, and the daily soap opera from Washington. I complained to Mrs. OldProf that there was no […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Inflation on the Horizon?

The economic calendar is a light one, and many regular participants are on vacation. The most important data include PPI, CPI, and JOLTS, the best read on a tightening labor market. I expect pundits to put these pieces together and wonder: Is inflation finally on the horizon? Last Week Recap In my last edition of […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Is it Time to Worry About 2020?

The economic calendar is loaded with the most important reports. The four trading days are divided by a Wednesday holiday, meaning some extra days off for most. Normally the data would dominate the discussion. But many find the current story — steady growth, improved earnings, and lack of oomph in stocks—a boring one. This week’s […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Will Incipient Headwinds Derail the Economy?

The economic calendar is loaded. The many reports include several of the most-watched. The data may even generate enough fresh news to break the summer slumber. There is plenty of skepticism about the most recent economic data. I expect pundits to be asking: Will incipient headwinds derail the economy? Last Week Recap In my last […]

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How to Choose an ETF

The recent trend toward ETF investments has heightened the importance of making wise decisions. The “lazy” portfolios use broad-based ETFs which drag inferior and over-valued stocks into your account. Why not attempt to be more selective? Almost everyone has opinions about favorite ETFs, often highlighting some as cheaper than others. The approach they employ to […]

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