US Markets

Economic First Down… or Another False Start

By Joshua Schroeder In both 2010 and 2011 the US economy began growing at quick pace only to peter out later on in the year. Once again in 2012 we are out of the gates quickly with projections of the S&P reaching 1,500 all of a sudden being thrown about. So are we…

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…

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…

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……

The Future of Now

Disgusted with politics, the financial markets and the many varying daily versions of capitalism… yeah, me too.  Welcome to the Era of Hyper Ventilation.  We don’t have time for anything.  We act now without a thought for the future.  One day we are in a bull market and the next day we…