Some Common Cents for March 25th 2016

March 25, 2016, by John Norris

Everything seemed to be going along so nicely in the markets. Cooler heads had finally prevailed, and the Federal Reserve seemed to be ‘on board’ with the reality of the situation. That is, it appeared the powers that be understood rampant inflation in the United States would be hard to come by with the rest of the world opting for or exploring negative interest rates in order to spur economic growth. In essence, even with...

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Financial experts in Sweet Home Alabama

March 21, 2016, by John Norris

When I was with my previous employer, a large regional bank in our area, I managed a portion of a hospital’s defined benefit pension plan. It was a decent amount of money, and our firm had always done a pretty good job. By that, I mean we had always generated returns in line or in excess of the stated benchmark index. (Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Friday March 18th…) The opinions expressed...

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Some Common Cents for March 11th 2016

March 14, 2016, by John Norris

Now that cooler heads have prevailed in the markets, the news, if you want to call it that, has shifted decidedly towards the Presidential campaigns. Although Bernie Sanders has performed better than most people would have dared imagine this time last year, he is poised for a brutal beating on March 15. So much so, he will likely throw in the proverbial towel the next day. Things on the Republican side are a little different....

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Presidents get too much credit, blame for US economy

March 9, 2016, by John Norris

After Donald Trump’s convincing performance on Super Tuesday, a number of perceived establishment Republicans have gone public bashing the man. Mitt Romney was chief among these last week, and a co-worker asked my thoughts as to why he did so? Does he want to throw his hat in the ring at this late hour? Would Donald Trump really be that bad for the economy? So on and so forth. (Read the full article as previously published...

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Feds not that serious about hacking iPhone in question

March 1, 2016, by John Norris

In a note to clients last week, I discussed the budding brouhaha between Apple and the federal government. In case you have been traveling in Nepal, the FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhones of the San Bernardino terrorists to see what information it can glean. The company doesn’t want to do it, as it would require de-encrypting its encryption software, which it says would unleash a whole host of problems. At least those are...

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