“It’s the Hap-Happiest Season of All”

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While holidays don’t make everyone happy, investors should be feeling festive. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is up more than 18 percent year-to-date. The Dow Jones Global ex U.S. Index is up about 21 percent year-to-date (refer to the … Read More

A lot To Be Thankful For Last Week

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There was a lot to be thankful for last week. Stock markets around the world may have ripened to full-slip sweetness this year. Emerging markets have delivered the most attractive returns year-to-date. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was up 34 … Read More

Selling it Overseas

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Most of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index have reported third-quarter earnings per share (EPS), which is the profit earned per share of stock outstanding during the period. Many have done quite well. With more … Read More

The “Calmest” October Since 1928

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The last full week of October was a box full of surprises. First, U.S. economic growth exceeded expectations. The devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria was widely expected to stifle U.S. quarterly growth, according to NPR. The Atlanta … Read More

The Anniversary of Black Monday

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And the hits just keep on coming. Last week was the anniversary of Black Monday. On October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) lost 508 points, or more than 20 percent of its value, as it fell from … Read More

Economic Growth and Measurement

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When it comes to economic growth, the government doesn’t measure twice. It measures three times. Last week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised its initial estimate that the gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and … Read More

Is The U.S. Government Well Run?

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Stop rolling your eyes. The Economist reported Steve Ballmer, former head of a large tech company, has been working on a new project – completing Form 10-K for the United States of America. The project is called USA Facts: Our … Read More

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