Some Common Cents for May 20th 2016

May 23, 2016, by John Norris

I can’t remember with certainty all the various Literature courses I took in college, but it safe to say it was more than the core curriculum required. In truth, we didn’t have a lot of patsy, easy A type classes with which to pad the old GPA, and those we did have normally didn’t carry the same number of credit hours. As a result, the school pretty much required you to attempt to learn something...

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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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Some Common Cents for January 22nd 2016

January 23, 2016, by John Norris

This week, the supposed leaders of the world economy are meeting in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum 2016. To be sure, it is an august group of politicians, academics, celebrities, and the like. From all outward appearances, it truly does seem like a group which can effect change and steer the global economy on a vibrant path. Of course, appearances can be deceiving. The more I think about such international meetings, including the...

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Some Common Cents for March 13th 2015

March 13, 2015, by Shelley deClerk

This morning, I read an article about next week’s FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting, and the importance of semantics. All eyes on Wall Street will be fixated on the Fed’s statement after the meeting, and what it all means for future interest rate policy. The ensuing mental gymnastics will be as strenuous as executing a floor exercise wearing a 50 lb. weighted vest. Not that I have ever done that, of course. I can...

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