Economy and Trends

Will CyberCrime Make the Markets Unstable?

In today’s digital age, military attacks aren’t the only one we need to worry about. It’s important to be on the defensive when it comes to cyber warfare. Symantec revealed that recent penetrations of the energy grid were deep enough that the hackers actually had control of the grid and could turn off power at will. In fact, a particular ...

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Part Time America and the Effects on Wage Growth

The September 1, 2017 jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a slight slowdown in job growth and a slight uptick in for unemployment from the prior month. Wage growth continued to putter along at a disappointing 2.5% annual rate for the fifth straight month. One reason for the lack of wage growth is that an increasing number ...

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Second Quarter Sees 3% Growth – Approaching ‘Robust’

Revised data from the Department of Commerce shows a 3% growth in GDP for the second quarter (April-June). This is a serious increase from the measly 1.2% growth we saw during Q1 and is the strongest we’ve seen since the beginning of 2015 when growth hit 3.2%. It’s also exactly what Trump promised us on the campaign trail. Data also ...

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Inflation and Deflation – Going Steady

On August 11th, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a global organization made up of 34 member countries with democratic governments and market economies, published its report on annual inflation rates for member countries. Globally, inflation remains muted with an annualized rate of 2.3 percent expected for 2017, up from 0.6% in 2016 and 1.1% in 2017. Deflation, ...

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Employment Indicators – Follow the Money

The line graph above, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), shows U.S. job vacancies over the past ten years. In the past year or so, the number of available jobs in the U.S. has returned to levels consistently higher than prerecession levels. This statistic seems to be a more accurate indicator of the health of the economy than the ...

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Virtual Reality: The Safest “Next Big Thing” In Investing

If you have been investing for very long or even if you have just been studying the investment markets, you have probably heard one or two “next big thing” stories. Whether it was back in the 90s and the internet age, the silver market in 2011 or solar energy in more recent years. There always seems to be at least ...

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The Bulk of Companies Are Beating Earnings Estimates, But Reactions are Mixed on FANG Stocks

Wall Street is now past the half-way point of this earnings season and the results have been pretty impressive thus far in terms of beating expectations. Thus far, 286 members of the S&P 500 have reported results and according to FactSet, 73 percent have topped both the earnings and revenue estimates. While that stat is impressive, Zacks expresses earnings beats ...

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