Commentary/Blog

By: Ken Rietz | On: October 9, 2017 |

Weekly Market Update

Market Action Movement regarding the U.S. budget and tax reform helped propel the S&P 500 to an unusual 8 consecutive days of new high closings. On Friday, when the U.S. […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: October 5, 2017 |

Market Valuations and Devolution: Mythos, Madness, or an Allegory?

Over the course of the last few days, some important pieces were published on the valuation of equities and bonds. At the same time we observed independent referendums taking place […]

By: Thierry Malleret | On: October 3, 2017 |

Monthly Barometer’s Forward-Looking Monthly Review: An Interdisciplinary View of our Complex Global Economy

September 2017   There are no imminent signs that the global economic recovery is about to end. It is in fact accelerating: global growth should amount to 3.5% this year […]

By: Laura Hochstetler | On: October 1, 2017 |

Weekly Market Update

Market Action Spanish authorities have confiscated millions of voting papers in Catalonia and stationed additional police in the region ahead of Sunday’s independence referendum, with the vote declared illegal by […]

By: Joel Charalambakis | On: September 28, 2017 |

Market Implications of Forthcoming Central Banks’ Changing Policies: Liquidity & Recessionary Considerations

According to the Fed’s recent announcement, the US central bank will start shrinking its balance sheet shortly, while we are expecting it to raise short-term rates in December. At the […]

By: Laura Hochstetler | On: September 24, 2017 |

Weekly Market Update

Market Action Major stock indexes rose to records earlier this week, then decreased—closing mostly flat or slightly down for the week—while treasury yields increased, as global tension came back into […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: September 21, 2017 |

Why Have We Been Switching the Headlines? War Games and the US Dollar

Throughout the ages, war has been the engine of finance. The collusion between Russia and China in the last few weeks and months in order to bypass the US dollar […]

By: Joel Charalambakis | On: September 17, 2017 |

Weekly Market Update

Market Action U.S. stocks rose to weekly gains in a stretch that included four straight records for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The S&P 500, Dow industrials and Nasdaq Composite […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: September 14, 2017 |

Chinese Slowdown: Potential Ramifications for Asset Allocation

The latest data from Chinese economic activity came in below expectations and point to a possible further slowdown for the next year. Specifically, infrastructure spending dropped and this weighed down […]

By: Laura Hochstetler | On: September 10, 2017 |

Weekly Market Update

Market Action The major stock indices—and especially US stocks—moved lower this week amid concern about the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma (while Mexico was shaken by its strongest earthquake […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: September 6, 2017 |

Echoes of War: Undisciplined Policies in the Context of Historical Developments

Our world has been cycling between chaos and order since the beginning of the modern economic era. We define the modern economic era as the period that started with the […]