Some Common Cents for August 19th, 2016

August 19, 2016, by John Norris

I have watched the Olympics with some regularity over the last two weeks, and will be sorry when they are over this weekend. It has been a nice break from what passes as prime time entertainment these days, even if NBC makes it a nightly habit of serving up heaping helpings of schmaltz. However, you can’t please everyone. One of the things that fascinates me is the individual economic impact of winning a medal. For...

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The stock market bull may not be dead yet

September 29, 2015, by John Norris

The calendar may still read September, but weary investors are already starting to get their hopes up for a so-called Santa Claus rally in the fourth quarter. The past three months have been brutal. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq have each plunged about 9% so far in the third quarter and are in the red for the year. They are also all in a so-called correction -- down more than 10% from a recent...

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John Norris: Why interest in higher interest?

September 22, 2015, by John Norris

After weeks of buildup and endless discussion, the Fed didn’t raise interest rates this week. What now? The markets had been on pins and needles in anticipation of this past Fed meeting, and what did they get? Well, not much more than what everyone already knew. The powers that be acknowledged the domestic economy is doing reasonably well, but things look a little dicey elsewhere. So, they didn’t make any real changes to anything other...

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With no Fed hike, will bankers carry on business as usual?

September 17, 2015, by John Norris

A much-anticipated and expected hike in the Federal Reserve funds rate did not happen, which might be good news for consumers enjoying the low interest rate environment. While Birmingham banking experts said they weren't surprised by the lack of an increase, they still expect a hike...by the end of the year. The opinions expressed within this report are those of John Norris as of the initial publication of this blog. They are subject to change...

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Some Common Cents for Aug 14th 2015

August 14, 2015, by John Norris

This week, I read a column written by a man by the name of Cass Sunstein. This man is very much a political policy wonk, and let’s just say I don’t ordinarily agree with what he has to say, scratch the ordinarily. We simply have differing world views, and, you know, that is okay. However, I read differing opinions when digesting news, so I can have a better understanding of what other people think. In...

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The Best Advice – Montgomery Advertiser 11/9/2014

November 7, 2014, by John Norris

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