Weighing the Week Ahead: Jobs

The upcoming market week will feature a focus on the continuing employment issues.  With the monthly payroll employment situation report on Friday, just before the Labor Day weekend, it is a natural theme.  Expect both politicians and the media to highlight the problems of the sluggish rebound in employment and what might be done to […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: The Confusing Effect of Politics

Each week I ask myself about the biggest challenge for the average investor.  This week it involves the political debate. Free speech is a founding principle of the US version of democratic government.  That includes wide-ranging and open debate where facts are exaggerated, opposing positions distorted, and evidence chosen for emotional impact. Let’s take a […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Will There be a Signal from the Fed?

Investors continue to monitor three themes, often moving in different directions: The slowing rate of economic growth; Continuing strength in corporate earnings; and Confusing and contradictory technical market indicators. Looking ahead, the Fed’s decision will be a focus of attention. Background on “Weighing the Week Ahead” There are many good services that do a complete […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: The Chartists Take Over

THE CURRENT MARKET ARGUMENT PITS the charts against the cheap, the increasingly worried tape readers who see an enduring downtrend emerging versus the spread-sheet studiers who spy increasing value with every percent decline in the Dow, and contend that stocks are over-anticipating a recession relapse. –Michael Santoli Michael Santolio, writing in this week’s Barron’s, captures […]

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