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Why You Should Expect Stocks To Rally After The Election

November 5, 2018

Most people worry about stocks during mid-term election years and agonize about how policies might change after the election. But as this article shows, stocks typically do well after a mid-term election, regardless of the results. He went back to World War II, found all of the October closes in midterm years and tracked what […]

Are Home Builder Stocks Telling Us Something?

November 5, 2018

Stocks of home builders were declining long before the market indexes. They’re now down more than 40% from their highs in January. Does that tell us something about the broader market or economy? No, says Mark Hulbert. There’s no strong relationship historically between the performance of home builder stocks and other assets. I came up […]

Consumer Confidence Surges

November 2, 2018

Stocks are down. Bonds are down. The economy is slowing. But none of that phases consumers. Jobs are plentiful, and wages are rising. So, consumer confidence as measured by The Conference Board rose to an 18-year high. “Consumers do not foresee the economy losing steam anytime soon,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at […]

AT&T vs. Verizon

November 2, 2018

The two leaders of the cellular telephone business are taking very different approaches to positioning themselves for the future when wireless phones will be a commodity business. This article highlights the difference between the two approaches. Telecom giants AT&T and Verizon are both pursuing a strategy that marries content and distribution. But they are taking […]

What Happened To The BRICs?

November 2, 2018

This article tells the story of the four economies that were supposed to dominate the globe in this century: Brazil, Russia, India, and China. They were labeled the BRICs in a paper published in 2001. But the countries didn’t develop politically or economically the way that was outlined in the paper.   Meanwhile, politically, the […]

How Tariffs Affect Companies

November 1, 2018

The usual argument for tariffs is that consumers will stop buying the now-higher-priced foreign product and buy a U.S.-produced item instead, helping the domestic economy. But as this article explains, it often doesn’t work that way. Many of the products subject to the new tariffs are the only alternative many companies have for inputs into […]

Change Coming In Germany

November 1, 2018

Election results in local elections in Germany haven’t been favorable to four-term Chancellor Angela Merkel for a couple of years. Last weekend she finally concluded that she wouldn’t be able to turn things around and increase her popularity. Instead of running for re-election in 2021, she retire when her term expires. Merkel’s downfall primarily was […]

Trust More, Live Longer

November 1, 2018

A study of survey data concluded that Americans who trust the government and others are likely to outlive less trusting people. Miething says that people who live in communities where more residents tend to show distrusting attitudes were also likely to have shorter lifespans. “In those contexts, your risk of dying is higher than in […]

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