FEAR + FUNDAMENTALS = OPPORTUNITY?

The European debt crisis, Washington political gridlock, and slow “new normal” economic growth; as investors we all lived through these market events and realities in 2011. Unfortunately, none of these conditions are likely go to away any time soon. Throw in unrest in the Middle East and a potential nuclear showdown with Iran and you.. read more →

What Happened? Why Did It Happen? Is It 2008 All Over Again?

Just a quick note to keep you informed on what All Star Financial is thinking about the world we live in these days. Actually let”s take the last 10 business days in review: The United States lost its AAA rating. The Federal Reserve came out with the ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) until 2013. The.. read more →

Deadlines, Debt Limits, and EARNINGS

Minnesota’s shutdown and the current negotiations in Washington, D.C. surrounding the debt ceiling have been capturing the national and market headlines in recent weeks. They highlight the potential risks of a “policy error” that could severely impact the markets. A potential default by the U.S. Treasury or even a delay in payments could send markets.. read more →

The “Wait and See” Economy

The dog days of summer are over, kids are going back to school, but the economy and the stock market still seem stuck, up just slightly since Memorial Day. Interest rates are low, inflation is lower, and stocks are cheap compared to historical averages. So what is holding things back? We seem to be stuck.. read more →

The Great False Choice

The debate is raging among policy makers, economists, and even among members of the Federal Reserve, about whether more stimulus is needed to boost the U.S. economy or whether policymakers should begin focusing on government debt reduction. Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the IMF, recently wrote on “the great false choice-stimulus or austerity” in the.. read more →

Happy Anniversary!

A year ago today, on September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the largest and oldest investment banks in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy, and set off a financial collapse that was felt across the globe. It seems like a long-time ago, but it was only one year, but what a year it was! Lets.. read more →

FINALLY!!!

Yesterday the Treasury Department finally released details of their Public-Private Investment Program designed to create a market for the “toxic” assets that have been weighing down our banking system. The stock market liked what it saw, and Bill Gross of PIMCO called it the first win-win-win proposal during this crisis. Taxpayers leverage their dollars with.. read more →