Fiscal Cliff, Slope, or Obstacle Course?

The financial media is filled with year-end dire warnings of catastrophic consequences of the U.S. economy falling over the “fiscal cliff”. Could this really happen? It could, but probably not. We and most market watchers are hopeful for a last minute compromise with more details to come in 2013. Is the fiscal cliff real? Yes-.. read more →

Are We There Yet?

Mohammed El-Arian, the Co-CIO of PIMCO Funds, often makes the analogy that investing in the post-Lehman world is like riding in car over a bumpy road to an unknown destination. After rebounding in 2009, stocks have posted healthy gains but have now hit another period of volatility and decline. Investors are like passengers in the back.. 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 →

Markets at Crossroads

The stock market has had an impressive spring rally, responding to signs of an economy on the mend. Market volatility levels have returned to normal, or at least levels that have not been seen since back in September, before the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. It has been a wild ride since then hasn’t it? Stocks declined.. 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 →