Market News & Insights

Keeping An Eye On Europe

By Joshua Schroeder Recent US economic data have been surprising to the upside.  The combination of better than expected home sales, regional manufacturing activity and jobless claims have helped to take the S&P 500 up nearly 20% since the Fall of 2011. And with the recent stock market gains and the…

The Year that Was and the Year to Come

By Joshua Schroeder 2011 was a year marked by extreme volatility driven by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the Arab spring and most of all by developed world policy makers’ unwillingness to move past politically motivated temporary policy fixes and put the economy back on solid footing.  In Europe we…

Sears to Close Stores, Woes Continue

By Andrew Nyquist Sears slow grind continues.  After many quarters (and years) of underperformance, the big box retailer announced that it will be closing more Sears and Kmart stores.  The retailer cited a difficult economic environment and slow sales on big-ticket items as drivers behind the closures.  The announcement pushed the…

Smart Shopping: There’s an App for That

By Kelly Hodges This year, consumers are being more diligent than ever in making sure that the deals they snag are indeed the best deals available.  And it should come as no surprise that smartphones are helping to make savvy shopping even easier.  There are dozens of apps available that allow…

U.S. Still in the Business of Making Things

By Joshua Schroeder It is a common refrain amongst my friends and family, specifically my grandfather, that the U.S. just doesn´t make anything anymore.  Additionally, most political pundits and so called experts on the economy would have you believe that the United States´ golden years as a manufacturing country were lost…

European Debt Crisis on the Brink

By Andrew Nyquist This is not a healthy market.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  The wild swings in the stock market over the past four or five months are indicative not only of the high degree of global financial uncertainty in the world, but also the degree to which…

China Biding its Time, Focusing on the Future

By Andrew Nyquist For much of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, China enjoyed the West’s addiction to low cost manufactured goods.  Western-driven demand spurred exports and pushed Chinese GDP figures to double-digits.  The more the West “off-shored,” the more China produced.  Couple this with a pro-growth monetary policy and infinite…

Inflation Hitting Items you Love at your Local Supermarket

By Andrew Nyquist Last night I was interviewed by SmartMoney about the recent rise in food prices.  The article was published this morning and focuses on inflationary pressures showing up at your local Supermarket.  Food inflation is, and will continue to be a hot topic, as evidenced by today’s CPI (Consumer Price Index) release. To borrow a…

Occupy Wall Street: Another Call for Reform

Every election, we hear politicians tell us that we are in need of change, along with the 19 different ways that they are going to deliver on it.  They run tons of commercials and promise us the moon; with plans, charts, and a who’s who of political economists supporting their economic ideas……