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Market Streaks Starting to End

January 31, 2018

The Bespoke Investment Group has been tracking a number of winning streams involving the S&P 500. These streaks include number of days without a 1% or greater decline, 3% or greater decline, and so forth. Some of the streaks for the recent rally set records, but as this post explains some of the streaks also […]

Amazon Causes the Market Decline

January 31, 2018

The major stock indexes took their first significant tumble in many months. While there are several potential reasons for the sudden decline, a major one is likely the major announcement involving Amazon, as this article explains. Amazon announced with J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway that they were forming a new company to look for ways […]

Jeremy Grantham on Emerging Markets

January 30, 2018

The head of investment firm GMO recently said U.S. stocks could continue to rise for a while, but he’s more interested in emerging market stocks because of their lower valuations. He elaborates on his emerging market views in a recent interview. Longer-term, Grantham is fairly pessimistic. He expects low returns from U.S. stocks over the […]

Is This Peak China?

January 30, 2018

Most analysts expect China’s growth to continue along the official expectations of 6.5%. or so. Some analysts disagree, with some going as far as to say China is an overdebted bomb set to explode at some point. This article is negative but in a different way. The author says he studied many source materials and […]

Millennials and Housing

January 30, 2018

After the financial crisis, many reports said that millennials were different from previous generations. The millennials, it was said, don’t want to own suburban homes and perhaps don’t want to own homes at all. Instead, they want to live in urban areas and rent smaller homes. This report disagrees with all that. It points out […]

Digital Currencies Still Aren’t Safe

January 29, 2018

Digital currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies, try to present themselves as alternatives to government-issued currencies and gold. But they have several hurdles to clear, and one of them is that the currencies might not be safe. Here’s a story about how some computer hackers recently breached one of the digital currency exchanges and stole hundreds […]

Luxury Housing Glut in London

January 29, 2018

The great international cities have been big winners since the financial crisis ended. Wealthy people around the globe sought to own residential properties in these cities, believing them to be good investments as well as potential safe havens. Lately, the strategy seems to be winding down. London seems particularly hard hit, perhaps because of Brexit. […]

Taxes and Building Design

January 29, 2018

I used to have a hobby of touring historic homes and buildings. One thing I noticed early is that local taxes often had a great influence on the design and features of buildings. For example, in Virginia long ago property taxes were imposed based on the number of rooms a home had. That’s why many […]

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