Weighing the Week Ahead: What Can Investors do about Gridlock?

We have another normal week for economic reports, featuring retail sales and housing data (NAHB Index, building permits, housing starts). Industrial production is from November, so it is a bit stale. Jobless claims continue to be a current and reasonably reliable indicator. The economy remains secondary for market participants. It has been ignored for months, […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Will Algos Go Wild?

We have a big economic calendar jammed into three trading days. The reports are of moderate interest – consumer confidence, personal income and spending, durable goods orders, and new home sales. In the current environment these will not provide market-moving news. With most of the A-Team taking the week off (and even B-Team players leaving […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Learning from Swiss Cheese

We have a normal economic calendar, and the earnings season is winding down. There is interesting data on housing and retail sales – the strong parts of the current economy. Jobless claims remain important as does industrial production. The economic calendar remains less interesting than politics, market gyrations, and the coronavirus. Those will be the […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: The Elusive Logic of Mr. Market

We have a very light economic calendar, and the earnings season is winding down. The punditry loves these opportunities. Rather than dealing with data, the field is open for speculation! This has already begun. Even before results were known, every news source was speculating about events and the apparently strange behavior of financial markets. Craving […]

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