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The Trade War Winds Down

May 24, 2018

This article gives several explanations for why the much-feared trade war between the U.S. and China appears to be fizzling. It cites three factors: North Korea, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and a lot of other distractions. It’s TBD whether Trump got played by China on the trade war that’s now “on h0ld.” But North Korea […]

How Technology Took Over Advertising

May 23, 2018

This New Yorker article goes into detail about how advertising changed over the years. In particular, it explains how the Mad Men (creative types) have given way to the Math Men (number crunchers and tech experts). In it, Ken Auletta also argues that the Math Men are extremely powerful, more powerful than the Mad Men […]

How Big Is The Tech Bubble?

May 23, 2018

Large technology company stocks have been leading the markets higher, and that’s creating some imbalances. In this article, an accounting professor argues that by key measures of valuation technology stocks currently are more highly valued than during the tech stock bubble of the late 1990s. He’s mostly concerned about the unicorns, the relatively new tech […]

Trade War Ending?

May 22, 2018

The latest news is that the feared trade war between the U.S. and China is ending before it started. The two sides negotiate very hard lines in public, but it appears the leaders of each country don’t want a trade war. They’ll keep negotiating in private and won’t take any public actions against the other […]

A Unique Economic Indicator

May 22, 2018

Internet searches for “vacation” are rising. According to this article, that means the economy is improving. It also might mean employees feel more secure about their jobs. There’s not enough data to support the theories, but the article has interesting points. “The US economy is still on solid footing going into the end of Q2,” […]

Higher Earnings Mean Lower Stock Returns

May 22, 2018

I’ve discussed the topic in this article in recent editions of Bob’s Journal, available to Retirement Watch subscribers. While many investors think that intuitively higher earnings growth should lead to higher stock prices, the opposite usually is true. High earnings growth usually isn’t sustainable; some call is peak earnings. Also, the markets usually anticipate the […]

The Problem Of Noisy Decisions

May 21, 2018

Noise in this context refers to the chance of variability in judgments and decisions. It’s quite common for irrelevant factors to affect decisionmaking and judgment, even among experienced professionals. There’s a lot of noise in the markets and financial decisions, so I frequently caution my readers to try to identify and ignore noise. This article […]

Dangers In Digital Copiers

May 21, 2018

Like many other digital devices, photocopies now have hard drives that record everything. That’s a problem for employees who abuse office copiers. But it’s also a problem for businesses and individuals who have photocopied important and sensitive information over the years. If the copiers and their hard drives aren’t disposed of properly, sensitive information can […]

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