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Almost under the Radar screen

March 28, 2013


The political and economical world is focused on Cyprus. A relatively small country, whose economy is only 0.02 percent of the Eurozone market. Yet, the rhetoric and actions that are coming from the leadership of Cyprus and EU ministers are impacting the volatility and movement of the world’s major currency, stock, and bond markets.  During […]

What is the price of corn?

July 13, 2012


What is the price of corn? What…don’t you mean the price of gold or the Euro, or the Dow Jones? On this roller coaster ride of financial assets and markets where prices unpredictablytravel up and down at warped speed, one can easily fail to notice the impact that volatile food commodity prices have on the […]

Another Finger in the Dike Won’t Hold Back the Flood

June 11, 2012


The turmoil in Greece is on-going and yet another election that few believe will resolve anything is forthcoming. As European leaders struggle with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money. Greek’s treasury chest could be empty as early as July, shortly after this month’s crucial elections. Athens might have […]

Is Massive Student Loan Debt the Next Obstacle to Our Recovery?

May 21, 2012


Real Estate collapse, U.S. economic recession, global banking crisis, European sovereign debt debacle. What’s next? Is massive student loan debt the next obstacle to our recovery? This last week, and for several weeks to come, tens of thousands of students will be graduating from colleges and universities. The quest begins to pay off their student […]

European Politics and Economics: Partners for Growth or Natural Enemies?

April 30, 2012


April 26, 2012 European Politics and Economics: Partners for Growth or Natural Enemies? Anxiety over Europe’s financial dilemma is at red alert once again. The origin of the cause this time is the European Union’s fiscal pact; an austerity agreement that has been force-fed to a number of the southern region countries of the EU, […]

Stock Market, Sovereign Debt, Currency Market; You Do Know We Are Going Around In Circles!

April 13, 2012


Stock market, sovereign debt, currency market; you do know we are going around in circles! The U.S. stock market, U.S. treasury notes and bonds, and the U.S. recovery of itseconomy continue to be at the mercy of the European sovereign debt debacle. To quote a popular line in a TV detective show in the 1950s, […]

We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet

March 29, 2012


The opinion of a growing number of Americans is that the U.S. economy is getting better. Even though the consumer confidence index dropped this month, it is still close to its highest level in a year. Consumer confidence along with consumer spending will continue to rise as long as the labor market maintains traction. Lay-offs […]

The Cream Always Rises To The Top

March 16, 2012


Do you remember the long standing expression “the cream always rises to the top”? Cream is considered expensive, more desirable, and therefore better than alternatives. When something is better than the rest (the cream), it is inevitable that it will rise to the top. The U.S., or the cream in this analogy, is slowly emerging […]

Essential Partners in the U.S. Economic Recovery: Employment & Housing

March 2, 2012


The U.S. Government reported on Wednesday, February 29 that the economy grew at a 3 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2011 – somewhat faster than estimated. The Federal Reserve said that the U.S. economy expanded at a “modest to moderate pace” in the first two months of this year. However, Fed Chairman […]

The question of the day…for the last two years: Are the EU leaders ready to bailout Greece or throw her under the bus?

February 16, 2012


The Euro zone financial officials and the EU political leaders are exploring ways of delaying some components of the second bailout package for Greece, or even delaying the entire bailout altogether,  while they try to avoid a disorderly default. According to EU sources, the postponement could extend until April, when Greece holds their parliamentary elections. […]