Posts By: xcite

Around the world in 2 pages…

It was a busy week globally, money just getting thrown around willy-nilly… not really, but I’ll try to briefly take us through a week that did see plenty of global activity.   US GDP for the 1st quarter originally released as .1% was revised this week to -1% annualized.  Much…
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Deceptive Stability

For the last 3 weeks the Dow Jones has ended the week higher than the previous week.  The volatility index (VIX) is measuring below 12, more than 8 points below its long term average[1].  So why is this current stability something to be concerned about??? Exports During the 4th quarter…
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Do headlines equal headwinds?

In a word, no.  Well, maybe… I guess it depends… I have to give you a reason to keeping reading, right? Every economic cycle is accompanied by its own set of unique headwinds.  The current cycle has been marked by, just to name a few: Government shutdowns Debt ceiling crisis’…
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Home for Sale

As I was leaving for work this morning I noticed yet another home in my neighborhood up for sale, the house across the street has a SOLD sign on it, and my next door neighbor is moving out on Sunday.  While this activity is a great sign for the housing…
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GDP in the Spotlight

Last week marked the 3rd revision to 1st quarter GDP.  Each revision has just presented more and more bad news.  A deeper look into 1st quarter GDP, expectations for the 2nd quarter, and the remainder of the year seems to be in order. Q4, 2013 Let us start with a…
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Is 17,000 a Crossroads?

The week ended with a celebration of our independence and what better way to express independence then to have our free market environment cross a major threshold such as 17,000 points on the Dow Jones… This however will leave many investors wondering if the markets are overpriced and ripe for…
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Impact of a Global Economy

Last week came and went without much happening… yeah.  While the S&P 500 lost some weight last week, we saw several days of good news on the domestic front get hampered by international activity.  Here are the details. The good news: GDP surprised to the good at 4% annualized for…
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Bipolar Week in Geopolitical Unrest

Every day came with reluctance from investors with a constant flow of geopolitical change. That being said, the S&P 500 still managed to end the week in positive territory. Despite a strong flow of positive domestic economic data, concerns over Ukraine, Gaza, and Iraq have continued to weigh on investor…
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Can a Dove Kill a Bull?

Janet Yellen, dubbed a dove by many in the media may be the largest threat to the current bull market.  The threat does not come from acting in a way that is contrary to growth, but rather being too accommodating to growth, which can cause our economy to overheat and…
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Primary – Tertiary Influences…

Many things impact equity markets on a daily basis.  Some have a great impact and some have very minimal impact.  Here are some explanations as to why. Primary Influence This would be data that directly influence the price of a stock and its current state.  The best example of this…
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