Market News & Insights

January 2013 Stock Market Report and Economic Update

By Greg Naylor January was an eventful month, as the federal government extended most of the Bush tax cuts and delayed sequestration for two months.  In addition, data shows that the flows of money from stocks to bonds have reversed for the first time in several years.  Here is a re-cap…

From Y2K to The Information Age

After turning the page on Y2K and all the dire technology warnings that accompanied it, we are beginning to realize that ticking the year 2000 was much more important than concerns about the internal programming of computers and clocks. Maybe, just maybe, Y2K was about the mystique and realization of…

December Stock Market Report and Economic Update

By Greg Naylor December was an uneventful month, as markets anxiously awaited resolution of the ‘fiscal cliff.’  The last week of December saw markets end the year on an up note, with the S&P 500 posting a year of double-digit gains despite many headwinds. Looking ahead into 2013, attention has already…

A Roadmap for Responsible Government Spending

By Max Moore I recently started reading Santayana’s Curse by Sean Corrigan (of Diapason Commodities). In a few words, the book recounts various monetary pursuits over a long period of economic history and highlights how our ignorance of these instructive parallels has lead to the seemingly incurable laxity in public finance…

Special Interests and Political MisAdventures of the 21st Century

By Andrew Nyquist Let’s just come out and state the obvious: it’s nearly impossible to trust that the current political system has the conviction necessary to effect positive change for our nation and its future: our children. It seems like most of our politicians are more interested in expending energy entertaining…

November Financial Market Report and Economic Update

By Greg Naylor November was an eventful month, as the U.S. elections upheld the status quo in the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.  Markets initially dipped, then recovered.  Looking ahead into December, attention has turned to negotiations over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  Here is a re-cap of November by…

Minyan Magic: Scenes from Festivus 2012

By Andrew Nyquist This year was finally my time! You see, for the past three years, I have longed to make the trek to New York City for Todd Harrison and Minyanville Media’s big “Festivus” party. But 3 kids in 3 years seemed to complicate things… but, not this year! Last…

Not So Far East: A Macro Economic Look at Southeast Asia

By Jeff Wilson After a terrific article by Alex Salomon on the deep-seeded cultural and economic issues facing France, I would like to take you to a sub region just a 10-hour flight away from the heart of Europe: Southeast Asia. Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing a 3…