Weighing the Week Ahead: What does the Iraq conflict mean for markets?

Into the economic news vacuum, summer doldrums, and sports stories, there was finally some real news – the renewed conflict in Iraq. This had all of the features that make for good financial television and web punditry – action, plenty of people with opinions and accusations, and the potential for a dark outcome. Whether or […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: More Clarity from the Market Message?

Do you have an opinion about stocks or bonds or foreign exchange? If so, it is easy to find a market message that will support (or contradict) your viewpoint. The “message” of the market has rarely been this confused. With plenty of important news and data this week, the theme will be: Can we find […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Will a Sluggish Housing Sector Derail the Economy?

In a holiday-shortened week, there is plenty of data. The Case-Shiller home-price index will set the tone on Tuesday morning. After last week’s soft housing reports, many will be asking, Will housing weakness undermine economic growth? Prior Theme Recap Last week I expected a focus on bonds versus stocks. It was a light week for […]

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