Global Markets

Credit Crunch Hits China

By Jeff Voudrie Many retired wealth investors and those developing retirement income strategies believe that China will pull the world out of its economic slump. As well, many investors in general believe that China will continue to achieve annual growth rates of at least 8%. But I’m not so sure. Recent…

5 Weekend Thoughts: PIIGS, Oil, and Apple Stock

By Alex Salomon Another week punctuated by my increasingly random thoughts! But come on, it’s always fun! This weeks thoughts range from more European political and financial woes to negative yields to “Apple” families. Enjoy. 1.  Only in France… Did you know, and I am not making this up and invite…

4 Key Questions on China’s Transition to a Consumer Economy

By Joshua Schroeder Recently there has been a lot of focus on near term fears of an economic hard landing in China. Talking heads continue to debate the short-term macro-economic outlook: Will real GDP growth fall below 6%? What monetary policy tools does China have at its disposal to continue its…

5 Weekend Thoughts: A Random Walk Through This Week’s News

Last week, I mentioned how the slower week of July 4th should be enjoyed, if possible, with welcoming rest, fun, friendship and family. It’s generally a slow week for the domestic markets and one that allows market participants and everyday folks a chance to catch their collective breath. I really…

Sweet Hopes and Greece Dreams

By Alex Salomon With my eyes fully opened, I am keenly aware that Greece is facing yet another moment of national destiny, where they could finally rise up to their forefathers and their pride and heritage, or become the center stage of a dreadful, fateful rise of Neo-Nationalistic Populism, the potential…

5 Weekend Thoughts: Big Ben, EU Bonds, and Politics

By Alex Salomon 1. Short and sweet yet arguably my most important finding of the week: I firmly believe that neither the ECB nor the Fed could take a chance on using one of their few remaining bullets BEFORE the Greek election results (June 17)… Further to this point, there was…