Some Common Cents for April 22nd 2016

April 25, 2016, by John Norris

This past Wednesday, my teenage son asked me if I had heard the news about the redesign of the $20 bill, and I simply responded: “yes, I have.” His facial expression suggested he was expecting something more insightful or thought provoking than my three words, so I threw the ball back in his corner: “What do you think about it son?” His response was not terribly nuanced or politically correct, even if it was spot...

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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 May 8th 2015

May 11, 2015, by John Norris

This week, Fed Chairman Janet Yellen gave the investing world a meaty headline when she opined that stocks are overvalued, generally speaking that is. Almost immediately, tongue wagging pundits started comparing her comments to Alan Greenspan’s famous “irrational exuberance” quote. Remember that one? Well, here it is, in case you don’t: “Clearly, sustained low inflation implies less uncertainty about the future, and lower risk premiums imply higher prices of stocks and other earning assets. We...

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