Dear John

January 23, 2019, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Chief Economist, John Norris, answers the most commonly asked questions. Dear John, What is your biggest prediction for 2019? My biggest prediction? I tend to compartmentalize things. For instance, I don’t have one favorite movie. Instead, I have a favorite comedy, a favorite drama, a favorite war flick, and so on. The same is true for restaurants; my favorite place for pizza, burgers, etc. For this reason, I don’t have just one big prediction. So,...

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Episode 22 of Trading Perspectives

January 22, 2019, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Negative Interest Rates in Europe  This week, John and Sam talk about negative interest rates in Europe. Negative interest rates generally occur during harsh economic times when a country’s central bank is forced to utilize the monetary policy tool.  Simply put, the lender pays the borrower in order to stimulate economic growth.  What exactly does that mean and what does it have to do with us?  Will rising rates impact the economy?  Find out everything...

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Episode 21 of Trading Perspectives

January 14, 2019, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

The Crystal Ball In episode 21 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam make specific predictions about everything from the government shut down to sports.  This past year we heard a lot about GDP, federal rate hikes, Brexit, etc.  What can we expect in 2019? What factors will have the greatest impact on our economy? And how long will the shut down last? Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ We are featured on iTunes, the Apple Podcast app, Spotify, TuneIn,...

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Episode 20 of Trading Perspectives

January 7, 2019, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Trading perspectives is back!  After a crazy end to 2018, John and Sam pick up where they left off with episode 20.  In this episode, they discuss the first week of the new year and the continuing volatility in the markets.  What can we expect to see in 2019 and when will the volatility begin to subside? Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ We are featured on iTunes, the Apple Podcast app, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Google Play.

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A Surprise Common Cents on January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019, by John Norris

The calendar may have turned a page, but it sure feels like déjà vu all over again. If you read financial and business news, you might have seen Apple issued a press release last night warning the most recent quarter’s earnings might not be as robust as initially thought. The company’s claims this is due, almost exclusively, to slower iPhone sales in ‘Greater China’ due to tariff woes and a stronger US dollar. From what...

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Episode 19 of Trading Perspectives

December 17, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

In episode 19 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the overall dissatisfaction with G7 political leaders. Although this issue doesn’t receive much media coverage, America is not alone in feeling a lack of confidence toward our leaders.  How much of this dissatisfaction is driven by technology?  Is our ability to easily share opinions through social media playing a role in the global discontent for political leadership? Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ We are featured on iTunes, the...

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Common Cents for December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018, by John Norris

William Shakespeare’s play Richard III starts with the line: “Now is the winter of our discontent.” In general practice this means ‘our’ unhappiness is reaching an end, as winter is generally considered to be the ‘last’ season for whatever reason. I suppose this is because Spring is the season of rebirth. So, perhaps I should start the meat of this newsletter with: “Now is the winter of our content.” Why? Because I can’t remember a...

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Episode 18 of Trading Perspectives

December 10, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

In episode 18 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the recent market volatility and the potential reasons for it.  You have all heard the talk about trade wars, immigrant caravans, Brexit, and a whole host of other excuses. Could there be a bigger issue?  Could it be that it has been so long since we haven’t had our foot on the gas we don’t know how to respond? Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ We are featured on...

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Common Cents for December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018, by John Norris

This morning, my co-worker Sam Clement and I recorded the upcoming ‘Trading Perspectives’ podcast which will drop on Monday afternoon. We discussed the recent market volatility and the potential reasons for it. By this point, you have probably heard a lot of the same old excuses from any number of different outlets no fewer than umpteen times. Am I right? However, for all the bricks in the proverbial wall of worry; for all the loose...

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Episode 17 of Trading Perspectives

December 3, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Roll Tide Roll and gross domestic product. With Alabama playing in the SEC Championship over the weekend, episode 17 of Trading Perspectives focuses on the impact college football has on the economy, especially in the state of Alabama. Does the investment we make in our teams of choice effect more than our own entertainment? Does overall spending actually increase when teams are winning? Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ We are featured on iTunes, the Apple Podcast app, Spotify,...

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