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The Booming Economy the Mainstream Media is Ignoring

Trump Jobs Come Back

This should put a smile on your face. We have a border wall. It doesn’t hold the form we might have predicted, but it’s there. It’s working. Border crossings are once again in decline, and Mexico is paying for every single dime of it. President Trump’s pressure on Mexico finally forced their hand, and the […]

U.S. Economic Recovery Threatened by Events in Syria and at Home

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I would call myself a glass is half full kind of person. I generally try to look on the bright side of things. But the recent events in Syria as well as new economic threats at home make it really hard to believe America is on a path to a solid economic footing. I believe […]

A Greek Tragedy

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out Ah, the Greeks. The cradle of modern civilization has finally hit rock bottom. In a country where tax evasion is as popular as the Olympics, the time has come to pay the piper. In a perfect world, the Euro-Zone would tell the Greeks to exit […]

Climbing the Wall of Worry

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Climbing the Wall of Worry in Impressive Fashion Had someone told me a year ago that Greece would be on the verge of default, unemployment in the US would be above 9%, housing would be in a double dip and GDP would be under 2%, I would have said the market would be closing in […]

Behind the Global Curve

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Global interest rates are rising in anticipation of inflationary pressures ahead. There are two major non-participants in this story. The first is Japan, which is adding liquidity to counter the economic devastation in the wake of last month’s earthquake/tsunami/nuclear event. Strong aftershocks are still occurring and the nuclear situation is far from being contained. The […]

You Know it’s a Bull Market When…

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You Know It’s a Bull Market When… Greece collapses and the markets move higher. When Ireland collapses and the markets move higher. When Portugal collapses and the market moves higher. Spain is the next domino to fall – can you say Dow 13,000? Of course taking this perverse logic even further, if the US were […]

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 […]

Debt Lunacy and Gold

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I rarely watch business commentators on the news. After-all, when they are telling you what’s happening it’s already old news and most of their opinions are meant to get a rise out of you, not really inform you. The other day I happened to turn on the news – don’t ask me why – I […]

The Big Yawn

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The big drama last week was the tax deal. Looks like we have another two years of the same tax regime. The markets should have rallied sharply on the news, but they didn’t. As with most “sure things” the market had already priced in the high probability of the status quo continuing. All major indices […]

Prepare for Gridlock…or Worse

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Tomorrow night the polls will close. There will likely be a change in the leadership of the House of Representatives and maybe the Senate. If change does occur in just the House, then the order of the day will be gridlock. Up until now the Dems have been able to push their agenda through Congress […]

A Funny Thing Happened

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Poll Booth… The much-maligned Tea-Party movement is threatening to send the two-party system into chaos. There is a strong possibility that the Republican Party will be torn apart by this new movement. While Republican by political designation, the Tea Partiers are a different crowd. They represent […]

Helicopter Ben’s At It Again

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Was it really a surprise that the US Federal Reserve decided to pursue a course of greater easing of monetary supply at its meeting last week? The market certainly was caught by surprise, which in itself is surprising considering that nothing the Fed does these days is really a surprise to begin with. Bernanke, the […]

Let’s Hope So…

Slow Growth Ahead…Let’s Hope So! GDP numbers came in last week. Growth was slower than expected at 2.4%. Nothing to write home about but not surprising if you have been reading this column of late. In fact, I don’t even pay attention to the number because it’s just not a true reflection of what is […]

Can You Handle the Truth?

Rumor has it that the economy is slowing down. It must be just a rumor since the market went on a tear the week before last. In these very pages I wrote that a recovery is not possible without two things: a healthy job market and a healthy housing market. There is another leg – […]

Retire Rich and Happy Here

Retire Rich and Happy Here The first baby boomers will reach retirement age this year. And the number of people retiring will increase each year for the next 19 or so years.  These next 20 years will change our country in ways we can only imagine. Certainly we are in for some change related to […]


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