Investing and Analysis

Volatility Returns to Markets after Long Hiatus

The shoe that is volatility has dropped on a different foot in 2018. Investors had rarely seen a market like that of 2017, where returns were so abundant, and volatility was at its lowest levels in over half a century. An obscure financial tool that was reserved primarily for professional traders, has become a household name at the likes of ...

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The Financial Metamorphosis of the College Education

As is the case in any supply and demand driven market, the cost of a college education today has been driven to a point where it would seem impossible that demand for a diploma at prices in excess of $70,000 per year would continue. Flash back to circa 1980.  Tuition at some of the best private liberal arts schools was ...

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Railroads: Better Deals in Canada?

The railroad industry is sufficiently important to the US economy that it has the clout to have its own national “day” on Capitol Hill.   This year, Wednesday March 7, 2018, was “Railroad Day” on Capitol Hill.  While Railroad Day will never eclipse Mother’s Day in the national psyche, railroads are like mothers in that they can too easily be taken ...

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Can the Ten-Year Treasury Yield Be Used as a Stock Market Indicator?

With stocks soaring and bonds sliding, the relationship between equities and debt instruments is being looked at in a number of different ways. Investors are questioning whether stocks and bonds can move up at the same time, meaning bond prices are rising but yields are falling. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured statements from Bank of America ...

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Battery Power on the Grid

On Tuesday, February 13, 2017, the Wall St. Journal Business and Finance Section featured an article entitled “Sun + Batteries = Peak Power.”  The article pointed out that utilities are large buyers of lithium-ion batteries.  One of the uses of these batteries is indeed to store power produced by solar and wind energy sources. However, these giant batteries are also ...

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Don’t Look At Indicators In A Vacuum

I have been writing about the market and economy for the last 18 years now and I made a small mistake this past week. I made the mistake of making a trade based on one indicator and without considering other factors. Let me explain. First, I have been doing this for so long that I have developed an overall market ...

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