Economy and Trends

Has the U.S. Housing Market Turned the Corner?

Throughout 2018, the housing market in the U.S. was in a downward trend in terms of housing starts and new home sales. Those two industry measures go hand in hand, and both trended lower in 2018 as the Federal Reserve was in a rate-hiking cycle. The housing industry is very sensitive to interest rates. The Fed made a 0.25% hike ...

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The Big Short of the 2008 Housing Bubble may be back

Don’t worry if you didn’t read Michael Lewis’s book, The Big Short, or even if you missed the cinematic version, you will get a chance to experience it again in another form. As I’ve I said many times before, history repeats itself, and you are doomed if you don’t know history. While on the subject, let’s take a brief stroll ...

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The Higher Education Model is Shifting

The one thing that Marx did get right was that economics is the machine that drives the production of man. The indoctrination camps that would follow in various communist sovereignties were of course polemically out of line. Don’t think that a modicum of this model hasn’t infiltrated the American education system through the mean faced, clipped-haired women in the National ...

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Socialist Attack on Men Cause their Earnings to Decrease

The women march blindly in the nation’s capital demanding equal pay with their male counterparts. No one could argue that they are incorrect. Equal pay should be received regardless of gender, race, etc. What lies beneath the surface of this quest is beyond what the average protestor imagines. We’ll come back to this in a minute. The reason this is ...

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Neutral Fed Confounds Investors

The Fed ended its meeting yesterday and announced that they were leaving the Fed Funds rate where it is. They also stated that they would be patient before making the next move without giving any indication whether the next move would be a cut or a hike. Personally, that is exactly what I expected from this meeting. And it’s what ...

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Live Sports at the Crux of the Demise of Cable TV

I did it myself a couple of months ago, and I often wonder what took me so long. Yes, I am talking about cutting the cord of cable TV. I have joined the masses switching to streaming networks like Roku, Hulu, YouTube, et al. And the biggest reason; live sports. When I was a Comcast cable user, I realized that ...

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Healthcare Stocks Getting Pummeled, But Why?

Healthcare sector stocks have been under tremendous selling pressure over the last few weeks, and there are questions as to why. Is it political with all the talk of “Medicare for all” and President Trump making statements about bringing down drug prices? Is it simply a matter of sector rotation? Could it be profit taking ahead of upcoming earnings reports? ...

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How to take advantage of slowing Global Markets

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tired of the ping-pong game of international trade, particularly between China and the U.S. If you read the news each day, it is like volleying a tennis ball back and forth, with no winner or end to the match in sight. Welcome to the world of international trade. Yesterday’s headlines say tariffs are ...

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