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Yields Skyrocket! Really?

It is hard to pick up a paper, read an investment blog (mine excluded), or listen to a financial news program without hearing about the global bond market rout. Yields (interest rates) on government bonds in the U.S. and Europe have been on the rise and the financial media is trying to whip everyone[...]

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Car Nut

I love cars, both new and old. I like to drive them, talk about them, watch them race and just about anything involving them. I also think cars can tell us a lot about people, investors and the economy. Last week, the monthly auto sales data were released and there were some interesting trends that [...]

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Good Things to Life

Last Thursday, General Electric announced that they were selling a $26 billion real estate portfolio and substantially reducing the size of their financing arm, GE Capital. The only portion of the business being retained will be that which sustains GE’s manufacturing businesses. In addition, they [...]

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A Good Week for the Fed

This week is packed with economic data. Recently, we’ve often heard that the Federal Reserve has become data dependent. The “data” referred to in this phrase is the economic data that provides a picture of how the economy is growing, employment is fairing and inflation is moving. This is a sil[...]

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A Body at Rest

As the temperature rises above 50 for the first time in several months, I am reminded of this Newtonian law that a body at rest will stay at rest unless an outside force acts on it. Perhaps the warm-up in weather is the “outside force” we all need to get moving again. I believe that the current [...]

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Four Cancelled Flights Later

Over the weekend I was in Washington D.C. to attend a board retreat for the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), an organization that I am proud to serve, and one that does great work for its community. The organization was also hosting their "Washington Days" event in which they had the opportunit[...]

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Mardi Gras Market

Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 18,000 and the S&P 500 Index reached a new record high. Geo-political concerns in the Middle East and Ukraine don’t seem to be able to keep the market down, nor do the tepid economic growth numbers coming from Europe and China. Finally, [...]

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So Earnings Do Matter!

During the last three months we have been recruiting advisors to Cleary Gull. While our primary objective is finding people who are a good cultural fit for our firm and share our interest in serving the customer, every conversation gets around to compensation. What people earn matters to them becaus[...]

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Reffing the Finish

Over the weekend my son took part in a downhill ski race with his team. Like most sports today, these events occur, thanks in some part, to parental volunteerism. As a result, I had an opportunity to volunteer to referee the finish line of the race for boys and girls between 8 and 12. Having never d[...]

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The War is On

During the last year I wrote about how currency values are determined, how the value of the dollar affects oil prices and how diverging central bank interests may provide an interesting back drop to interest rate movements. It appears as though one of the highlights to the start of 2015 will be all [...]

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