US Markets

In the News: 10 Signs the U.S. Econo-naut is Jacking It Up

It’s Friday.  It’s Springtime.  And it’s time for some fun.  Besides, everything is coming up roses and it feels great.  Doesn’t it? In the News: 10 Signs the U.S. Econo-naut is Jacking It Up 1)   Bill Gross Our resident bond expert is calling it quits on his longterm affection for US Treasuries.  Gross did,…

How the U.S. Became Tinseltown

Throughout the past century, two things have contributed to strong, and at times parabolic, metal markets:  1) financial panic, or fear of panic AND  2) Money printing or inflationary monetary policies.  When people fear bank runs and/or currency devaluation, it is only natural that they turn to commodities as a…

Image Management: The NFL and Its Multi-Billion Dollar Problem

Recent coverage of the NFL players-owners negotiations has been all over the board.  To date, it has been a he said, she said battle in the press.  However, if recent commentsare any indication, a helmet banging legal battle of the suits could be forthcoming.  The league has called the players move to decertify a “sham,” while…

Finding Middle America: Hey, We’re Over Here!

After two years of taking desperate measures to fight off a heavy handed recession, Mr. Bernanke’s reflation efforts are hitting his intended equity target (read: a rising tide to lift all boats?), but so far appear to be failing to connect with a much larger audience:  Middle America. Yes, Middle America…