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Week of June 12th, 2017: Trump, Scandals and Markets

Remember the Clinton years? One crisis blending into another from alleged stealing to sex on the couch; fun, wasn’t it?  Yep, the President of the U.S.A.  So here we are and it’s Trump’s turn.  Is it the same, are the two men the same, are the issues the same?  No. but, the music is, and… Read More

Tis the Season for Summer Camps

Moms all over Gainesville (including me) are trying to figure out the best summer camps for their children for over the summer. Some need half-day, some need full-day and some need overnight. Thankfully, Gainesville has several fun and educational camps. Below are the day camps I hear the most about from parents and kids: Quinlan… Read More

The semiconductor index is leading the way for now.

The Semiconductor Index (.SOX) broke out to a new high this week. If semiconductor stocks are moving higher, we feel it is a good sign that the broad markets will also, potentially, continue to move higher. So, we will be watching to see if the S&P can also break out and stay new highs.  … Read More

Week of May 15, 2017: I don’t start out with winning in mind…

It’s The Walter Mitty race at Road Atlanta – the 40th running. It is one of the major historic car races of the year and represents an opportunity to be around cars and people who have written many of racing’s greatest chapters. At the start, I do not focus on winning. In fact, the first… Read More

Week of April 24, 2017: In-State or Out-of-State? What’s the difference?

I have to admit as many plans as I’ve done and college tuition costs I’ve estimated college expenses scare me, so in my mind I’ve already set some boundaries for Gabby when she starts college, but am I being fair? My boundaries are: No out-of-state college unless there’s a substantial scholarship being offered I’m not… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock futures are higher on optimism for a partial trade deal, and a delay in the scheduled U.S tariffs increases. President Trump is set to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He later today to continue negotiations. Also, U.S. import prices rose less than expected, suggesting that imported inflation will remain low.… Read More

The Middle Class is Shrinking – Anybody Left?

Coining a phrase is always fun, isn’t? It depends on author and the conveyance of emotion, urgency, or bias. Take the following: “Seven reasons to worry about the American middle class”* “The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground – No longer the majority and falling behind financially.”** Depending on which article you read we are… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock futures are lower today as negotiators from the United States and China are set to meet today. Sentiment about the meeting moved all over the map during the night as reports hit the news wire. Hopes were raised on a post claiming the U.S. was open to a currency pact, but… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock futures are higher today after a report came out that China is open to a partial trade deal with the United States. Also, a separate report sited that Beining was offering to increase its annual purchases of U.S. agricultural products. Fed chair Jerome Powell hinted at another rate cut saying the… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: Wall Street is set to open lower after a report that the U.S. will move forward with possible curbs on capital inflows into China. Also, a South China Morning Post report claimed China had lowered its expectations ahead of the trade talks on Thursday. Markets: The S&P tried to rally on Monday but… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock markets were lower on Monday as investors await news on U.S.-China trade talks later this week. Any good news could potentially send prices higher and vice versa on bad news. Interest rates are also back in the news as there is now a 76% chance of a 25-basis point cut by… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock futures were down to start the day but turned quickly after the release of the monthly jobs report. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 136,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate dropped to a near 50-year low of 3.5%. However, monthly wage growth was unchanged, and manufacturing payrolls declined for the first… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: Wall Street was set for a higher open on Thursday after losing 3% in the first two trading sessions of October. Today the Institute For Supply Management survey, ISM, is out at 10:00 a.m., and the reading is expected to show a continued slowdown in economic growth. Investors could remain cautious ahead of… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock futures are set to open lower today to continue the selling that came into markets on Tuesday. Manufacturing activity in the U.S. unexpectedly slowed last month, which shows companies are starting to feel the pinch of the ongoing U.S.- China trade dispute. The U.S factory activity index fell to its lowest… Read More

Daily Commentary

Headline News: U.S. stock futures were higher to start the week lead by advances in some of the big-cap technology companies. Markets are looking past President Trumps threat to delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock markets. China and the United States are set to continue to talks on trade next week, and there is some… Read More

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