Economy and Trends

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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