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Inflation Watch

Consumer expectations for inflation have risen in June, causing some investors and policymakers to begin worrying about inflation again. Inflation expectations have risen to 3.1%, the highest level since last fall. We continue to think these inflation concerns are premature while…

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Change – The One Constant

This week brought the long anticipated bankruptcy filing of General Motors. This century old American company was the leading automaker in the world for over 75 years, and was a long time symbol of American manufacturing and marketing prowess. "What's…

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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…

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Low Inflation = Low Interest Rates

The high levels of recent government spending and resulting huge budget deficits have stirred the inflation hawks in recent months. The "talking head" investment advice on television has been touting inflation protection in the form of traditional inflation protecting investments…

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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…

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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…

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Realistic Expectations

Every quarter the stock market plays the "expectations game". Stock analysts (there a lot fewer these days) make estimates for corporate earnings and the company managers try to deliver earnings results that beat the analyst's "expectations". If company earnings are…

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