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 →

Japan

We want to let you know we are watching with great interest what is happening in Japan. As most of you know we look at this potentially catastrophic event as if the glass is “half full” not half empty! We look at almost all of these types of events as opportunities. History shows that when.. read more →

Walls of Worry

Record home foreclosures, high unemployment, massive municipal defaults, unrest in Egypt, record federal budget deficits, European debt concerns, higher interest rates, and rising inflation in China and emerging markets. Is there enough for investors to worry about? Yes-and then some! There usually is plenty to worry about and it seems like there is always another market.. 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 →

Moderating Growth, More Volatility

The recent correction of 10-15% in major stock market indexes was ignited by concerns over sovereign debt markets in Europe, but it is also a reflection of moderating growth rate in our economy. The rapid rebound from our recession lows is over, and we expect moderating economic and earnings growth in the months ahead. We.. read more →

Transitioning into the “New Normal”

Paul McCulley, a managing director at PIMCO, coined the economic slogan “New Normal”. This term signifies a “changing of the guard” for consumers and businesses alike. From 1982 to 2007, the U.S. economy grew at an impressive 6-7% annual clip. This growth was aided by declining and low interest rates. low inflation, financial leverage, and.. read more →

Cash and Headlines Driving the Market!

With 100% of second quarter earnings released more than a month ago, the question posed to me numerous times is what is driving the market up and down? This is a great question and in this case, I believe it is two-fold, cash and headlines. We are all thankful that the market bottomed on March.. read more →

Scarcity Breeds Clarity

Every year the founders of the search company Google write an annual founders letter to shareholders. Though it has not been around as long as Warren Buffet’s popular annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, it is a good read for investors, reflecting the thinking of one of America’s premier technology companies. When they wrote this.. read more →

Running the Race

Long-term investment goals can often be thrown into chaos by life’s challenges. The collapse of housing prices, a crashing stock market, job loss, a divorce, or a hot stock tip that didn’t pan out, these all can create obstacles to achieving long-term investment goals. You can probably think of other obstacles specific to your situation… read more →

Winter Brings Spring (eventually)…..

The 2008 – 2009 winter in Minnesota has been longer and colder than in recent years. The slowing economy and the downward spiral in the stock markets has probably made it seem even longer and colder for many of us. Melting snow, the first robin spotting, and the fresh green growth of grass and trees.. read more →