Jul 9 2015Is Angela Merkel Europe’s Economic Bully?
As all eyes are focused on Greece and how they will resolve their debt crisis, attention is rightly turning to Germany, Europe’s economic heart and the driving force behind a push for greater Greek austerity, even in the face of 25% unemployment and clear stagflation. This July 9th article from Bloomberg Businessweek points out that Read more ➝Jun 15 2015How the Feds Influence Interest Rates; Explained
Anyone watching the evening news has likely heard about the pending increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve bank. But what exactly are they doing. This article from the Los Angeles Times does a great job explaining the tools at the Federal Reserve’s disposal and how they influences broader interest rate environment. To view Read more ➝Jun 15 2015Mortgage Rates Top 4% in Test for Housing
Mortgage rates extended above the 4% threshold last week in concert with an increase in the yield on on the 10 year treasury. Investors are demanding high yields on the 10 year treasury as they anticipate an increase in the Federal Funds rate. Time will tell what impact these higher mortgage rates will have on Read more ➝Jun 3 2015College Graduation. A Time For Optimism.
I recently attended my daughter’s college graduation ceremony and can say, if you are ever feeling down and blue about the future, swing by a college commencement ceremony. The graduates’ accomplishments and speeches are so uplifting, they will surely recalibrate your optimism. And why shouldn’t they be optimistic. For them, the consequences of failure are Read more ➝May 4 2015May Newsletter-Has the low-hanging fruit been picked?
Each year I attend the annual conference of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), a group made up of some the brightest Investment professionals in the country. Collectively, IMCA members advise a broad cross section of investors, from the largest pension plans and ultra-high net worth individuals to Millennials and Gen X’rs who are just Read more ➝Apr 30 2015Case-Shiller: Home prices continue steady march upward
This week the Los Angeles Times reported that home prices continue to rise here in Southern California and elsewhere in the Nation. Denver and San Francisco lead the pack with 10% and 9.8% year-over-year growth rates. The LA metro area came in at 5.8%. This bodes well for the overall US Economy since housing prices Read more ➝