Weighing the Week Ahead: Time for the 2015 Pundit Forecasts!

With little fresh news during the holidays and many pros on vacation, I expect a time of reflection and prediction. Publications hungry for content and TV producers needing to fill slots will highlight forecasts of any and all flavors. This happens every year, but the mid-week holidays are pushing it a little earlier than usual, […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Will Crashing Oil Prices Change the Fed’s Course?

Sometimes a dominant story continues from one week to the next. Crashing energy prices and continued selling of any related stock seems to have spilled over into the rest of the market. There will also be a Fed meeting with new projections and a press conference. Will crashing energy prices change the Fed’s course? Prior […]

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Some Crucial Facts about Energy

It is magical! Whatever the topic of current interest, there is no shortage of pundits. The current energy experts were recently (it seems like only yesterday) the leading authorities on the Fed, Europe, Ukraine, Libya, deflation, hyperinflation, stagflation, and of course, Ebola. The current crop of experts confidently talks about an oil glut, the motives […]

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Keeping Investors Scared Witless

Investors, as usual, are bombarded with reasons to sell stocks.  This means that they are Scared Witless (TM OldProf).  Let’s take a deeper look. Short-Term Advice There has been (yet another) sighting of the Hindenburg Omen.  I pointed out the flaws of this approach in 2010.  Those seeking a higher authority might check out Barry […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Time to Digest?

Last week’s economic data included many reports but a similar message: Continuing growth, but a touch less than hoped for. The big news came from the energy markets and the plunge in oil prices after the OPEC meeting. The knee-jerk reaction was to sell anything related to energy. This is surprising for several reasons: The […]

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