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While The West Sleeps

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The economy might finally be pulling out of the doldrums in the US, but it has a long way to go before it recovers. Much of the gains we have seen in GDP and the gains we will see in the months ahead are the result of government stimuli. While the talking heads in Washington […]

Wallet or Waistline?

Cost of Weight Loss

Survey Reveals Most Popular Trainer in 2011: Finances over Fitness Health and Wealth. Those are the two most popular New Year’s resolutions. In a survey by Allianz Life Insurance Company respondents were asked which 2011 resolution they are most likely to keep. Managing their money better (39 percent) was nearly equal to improving their exercise/diet […]

Santa Comes Early…But Not For Everyone

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The markets continue to rally to 52-week highs on the back of very positive earning releases and the impending passage of the tax bill. Shrugging off a downgrade of Spanish Sovereign Debt and a huge earning miss by a major retail bell weather, Best Buy. When a market shrugs off bad news and continues to […]

Santa, Please Hide The Coal

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Spreading Some Market Cheer I hope that you all enjoyed your holidays. Apparently you were in a good mood if the latest retail sales numbers are accurate. Of course the comparisons were to rather dismal numbers last year and even more dismal numbers from the year before. But, what is encouraging is the trend. And, […]

What A Growing Child And The Unemployment Rate Have In Common

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You know how when you don’t see a particular friend or family member for a while, and you run into them again you can’t believe how different they look or how things about them changed? This happened to me on Saturday. I ran into my friend Eva at our mutual friend Randi’s house. I hadn’t […]

Double-Dip?

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Last week retail bell-weather Best Buy (BBY-NYSE) reported disappointing earnings. As the CEO Brian Dunn put it “store traffic is “choppy,” adding that “consumer spending is episodic … It appears that customers are operating on cues from the broader environment.” Well, if that is the case, then expect even worse numbers ahead. The American consumer […]

The Fed’s Optimistic (cough, cough)

“Fed Signals Optimism over US Economy” blared the headline on the Financial Times’ front page this past week. Really? So, why are they also signaling that rates will be held down for the foreseeable future? The two statements just don’t jive. Unless of course you’re intent on creating another bubble, something the Fed IS really […]

The Eye of the Storm

Fred Hickey: “This is a tough market to navigate. On the one hand the world economy is a mess and completely imbalanced. Half of the world is too dependent on exports (mostly Asia) and the other half (US and parts of Europe) is in a dream world believing that they can consume more than they […]

 
 
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