Archive | April, 2017

Despite its Faults, the U.S. Still Leads the Way

24 Apr

The U.S. isn’t perfect – no country is. We have our issues at home and abroad. That said, some would have you think we’re in decline. But for all its imperfections, our country continues to dominate the global economy by a wide margin. Exhibit A is the fact that the U.S. accounted for 24.3 percent [...]

The Untold Story of the Income Gap

17 Apr

So much of the talk lately is about the income gap – that incomes for the rich are rising much faster than for the poor. Well, wages have risen fast for the top 1 percent of earners for decades. It’s the haves vs. the have nots playing out in chart form:   However, a new [...]

Sentiment vs. Technicals

10 Apr

We’re not supposed to discuss politics at parties. Well, we may want to exclude politics from our investments too. The fact is, markets have performed much better under Democratic presidents than Republican ones. That seems to defy conventional thinking because Republicans are often thought of as pro-business, while Democrats are seen as proponents of labor [...]

Leaving the Stock Market Party? No Need to Rush

3 Apr

The stock market continues to rise. We’re hitting records regularly in this long-running bull market. But at some point, the party will end. And when it does, many portfolios could tumble. It begs the question – when is it time to get out? It’s similar to when you’re at a great New Year’s Eve party. [...]