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Monday Morning Market Update

Asset Allocation Last week, I attended the Morningstar conference on asset allocation with Tom Scholz.  The venue in Miami was beautiful, although most of it seen through the conference facility’s windows.  For two days we heard iconic speakers like Roger Ibbotson and Meir Statman talk about[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

The stock market has rallied 24% since the October 3rd low.  After three months of trading lower, investors’ fears subsided and the rally began.  Concerns regarding the events unfolding in Europe took a turn for the positive when on November 30th six major central banks cut the spread they ch[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

Last week’s trade deficit numbers provided some insights into the strength of economic growth.  As you can see from the chart below the deficit was $558 billion for 2011.  The increase in imports versus 2010 was 14% while exports grew by 14.5%.  The goods deficit was $737 billion for the yea[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

As investors, why do we care so much about the employment report? In an election year, this may be an easier question to answer.  The incumbent will use any signs of improvement to indicate that the policy decisions made during his term are helping.  The absolute level of unemployment, if nega[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

U.S. economic growth during the fourth quarter was up 2.8%, the fastest growth rate we’ve seen since the first half of 2010 and the fourth quarter in a row of faster growth.  However, the numbers seem to suggest that growth was driven more by inventory stocking than demand.  The consensus for[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

Politics, Improving Inflation and Super Bowl teams After three primaries (Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina) there are three different GOP winners and only 2% of the delegates allocated.  A revision in Iowa (too late to provide any lift to the winning candidate in New Hampshire) produced a[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

Unfortunately I won’t get through another week without commenting about Europe’s financial troubles.  Late Friday Standard & Poor’s downgraded 9 European countries sovereign debt putting the issues we’ve been discussing for several months front and center again.  At the same time, t[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

It was a good week for optimists as the economic data and jobs numbers were positive.  The ISM Manufacturers Index (Purchasing Managers Index) was 53.9 recognizing the 31st month of expansion.  The new orders component increased 0.9% up to 57.6 while raw materials prices decreased for the third[...]

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