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 2017 Second Quarter Report The U.S. stock market has more than tripled in value during the runup that started in March 2009, and the most recent quarter somehow managed to accelerate the upward trend. We have just experienced the third-best first half, in terms of U.S. market returns, of the 2000s. The Wilshire 5000 Total […]

One candidate for the greatest bull market run in financial history is the recent runup in price of the Bitcoin—the crypto-currency favored by international arms dealers and drug cartels, but also gaining acceptance at some retail locations. The so-called “internet of money” is not backed by any government, which its promoters say is a good […]

Are we in the late stages of a bull market—that time when the market suddenly takes off like a rocket for no apparent reason? Over the last eight years, the S&P 500 index has returned more than 300% But the tail end of this run seems to have accelerated the trend. The first quarter of […]

The current bull market in stocks will reach its 8th anniversary tomorrow, and for about the last four years, professional investors and financial planners have been scratching their heads. The markets have gone up and up and up, and we all know that they won’t go up forever, which means there’s a correction looming somewhere […]

President Trump’s Unlikely Victory With the election of President Donald Trump, you are advised to prepare for a wild ride in the investment markets; indeed, the markets are already turning sharply negative due to the uncertainties ahead.  Will the new President really build an expensive wall across our Southern border?  Will he introduce legislation that […]

Whither Brexit? More than three months after British voters elected to extricate their economy from the European Union, Brexit still hasn’t actually happened.  What’s going on? Apparently nothing more than a careful process designed to minimize damage on both sides of the English Channel.  British Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced a target of late […]

Taxes Up (but not so much as you might think…) If you think taxes are higher than their historical rates, well, it depends on how far back in history you’re comparing them to.  Take a look at the accompanying chart, which shows tax revenue as a percent of total national income for four countries—France, Sweden, […]

The Anti-Trump Fund to Watch You can go to Las Vegas and bet on the U.S. election, or make a side bet with your friends.  Or you can buy an ETF. Say what?  Professional investors have noticed that the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (ticker: EWW), an ETF that focuses its investments in Mexican stocks, […]

Chances are you’ve felt a bit discouraged by the global warning reports.  On the one hand, they say that our world is in for trouble unless we make significant changes in how our global economy produces the energy it needs to function.  On the other, they tell us that even if we shift totally over […]

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