Labor Report

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Over the last week the market has been under pressure due to concerns on numerous issues such as a lack luster Black Friday, retail sales warnings from Walmart and Target, the market rallying a little too far, and the current possibility of the Fed tapering. The taper talk received more fuel with the weekly jobless Read more…

Fed Governor’s View

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Yesterday’s hype about the big “Deal” with Iran, which initially jolted markets higher around the world, faded by the late afternoon. By evening only a few cable networks were still pumping it up as if it were equivalent to the Berlin Wall coming down (literally). As with most headlines, once the market digests the details Read more…

Bernanke and the FOMC

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The market came off a little as it continues to fight against those resistance levels. The Bears argue from a fundamental and economic side, while the Bulls still have the Fed solidly behind them. So far it has been proven that you can’t fight the Fed, as long as they are flushing billions into the Read more…

Credit Risk

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In 1999 I went to a Dot.com company’s party in San Francisco. The company had just completed their 3rd or 4th round of funding (over $100 million), just bought and gutted a building, and was hosting huge music parties. I met the CEO and asked him about the business and their “exit strategy”. They had NO Read more…

Federal Reserve Week

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So as September’s volatility hopefully winds down as the Syrian military strike side-show is now kicked-down the road (along with everything else), all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve meeting next week, which will bring forth the questions of the Taper and on who will be the next Federal Reserve Chairman. It should make for Read more…

Uncertainty

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September is a month of continuing uncertainty. Between President Obama’s waffling speech and Apple’s dud of a party, yesterday closed out pretty unimpressive. Washington’s modus operandi of uncertainty seems to still be going strong. Meanwhile, Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave. The market had made a good and strong rally up to those previous Read more…

Syria & Taper?

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The Syrian situation seems to be backing off, as the U.S. is unable to garner support from enough allies and it looks like Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) will not get behind a military strike. Even Secretary of State Kerry’s rhetoric is cooling off the situation by stating that Syria could avoid a military strike Read more…

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