Making the economy, markets, and personal finance less complicated

Michael, with the help of his investment team, share weekly thoughts on current economic and market happenings as well as things investors may be overlooking mixed with some personal financial planning guidance.

Recent Posts

  • Economics

    Poor Policy Is Keeping the Poor, Poor

    Sep 18, 2020

    The current recession has further highlighted, and exacerbated, the wealth gap in the United States.  Many people in the top 1%, 5% or 10% of the US income and…

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  • Investment Strategy

    Asset Bubble Inflation 101

    Aug 27, 2020

    In my August 13th Market Commentary, I discussed the conditions that would be required to finally see a rotation out of the mega-cap technology stocks. This is…

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  • Economics

    Checking in on the Housing Market

    Aug 19, 2020

    This morning we received some data that support the narrative of a rapidly recovering housing market. Housing starts and building permits surged 22.6% and 18.8…

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  • Investment Strategy

    But Will It Continue?

    Aug 13, 2020

    I know I sound like a broken record, but it appears that, once again, a market rotation could be underway.  The S&P 500 Information Technology sector reach…

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  • Economics

    The Sagging Dollar

    Aug 7, 2020

    I've received a few questions about the recent drop in the dollar.  Currencies can be a complicated subject, but I'll try to make the topic a little easier in …

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  • Economics

    Just How Bad Is It?

    Jul 31, 2020

    We finally received the first estimate of second-quarter GDP this week, along with a bunch of other data.  Though the figure wasn't quite as bad as the consens…

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  • Economics

    Cognitive Dissonance

    Jul 24, 2020

    The S&P 500 continues to grind higher, and it is now just 3.5% away from the all-time high posted in February. As is usually the case with bull markets, go…

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  • Investment Strategy

    Vees, Checks, and Convergences

    Jul 16, 2020

    For the markets as a whole, the summer has been pretty good. In the last three weeks, the S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ indices have all seen gains of over 7%, …

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  • Finance

    Banks Go On Defense

    Jul 1, 2020

    Steady growth in consumer spending is the key to a robust US economy, and right now the outlook doesn't look all that promising.  We discussed in our June 18 M…

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