Episode 12 of Trading Perspectives

October 29, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

When the Mega Millions lottery hit a world record high at $1.6 billion, many people, including host John Norris, rushed out to buy tickets in hopes that they could be the next lucky winner.  In episode 12 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam debate over buying lottery tickets. Is it support for a good cause, good for the economy, or a flat-out waste of money? Feeling lucky? You could be the winner of the Trading...

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Common Cents for October 26, 2018 (When Will This Month End? Directions Please!)

October 26, 2018, by John Norris

A different week, the same old red ink. I can’t imagine I will be the only person happy to see October in the rear-view mirror. I mean, talk about everyone having a crisis of confidence at the same time. Holy smoke, gee whiz, or whatever ancient exclamation you want to throw at it. I only ask you keep it G or PG, and leave the swearing to the professionals. After all, this has been a...

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Incentive Trusts – Keeping a Steady Hand on the Tiller

October 24, 2018, by John Norris

How you chose to pass down your wealth to future generations is very important.  Whether it be children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, a strong legacy is a wonderful way to ensure the future success of your heirs.  However, establishing your estate plan can be extremely worrisome as the legacy you’ve established is no longer in your hands.  Many tend to worry that a large amount of money could encourage those left behind to make decisions you...

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3rd Quarter Economic Update

October 22, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

As the last several weeks have demonstrated, the current economy and markets are not for the faint of heart. We will continue to see volatility, which will be exceedingly unpleasant at times, for no other reason than the current economic expansion and Fed tightening cycle are getting a little long in the tooth. Or in a tip of the cap to the baseball playoffs, perhaps I should say we are entering the latter innings of...

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Episode 11 of Trading Perspectives

October 22, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Given the recent volatility in the market, many people are expressing a growing concern for the future of the global economy.  Between the midterm elections, rising interest rates, trade wars and the federal reserve many are left wondering what will have the largest impact.  In episode 11 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about the areas they see as a concern and the likely impact we can expect to see in the future.  Are...

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Dear John

October 22, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Chief Economist, John Norris, answers the most commonly asked questions. Dear John, What kind of impact do you think the midterm elections will have on the US economy and markets? I have long maintained politicians get too much blame for the bad times and too much credit for the good. The upcoming elections will NOT change that conviction. Discussing politics is always a slippery slope, but I have run what you could only call ‘Monte...

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Episode 10 of Trading Perspectives

October 15, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Hurricane Michael:  The Economic Impact of a Natural Disaster As John and Sam record episode 10 of Trading Perspectives, Hurricane Michael is wreaking havoc on parts of Florida's gulf coast and heading towards Georgia. Outside of the white sandy beaches and beautiful vacation homes, Florida is home to many farms, orchards, and fisheries. While many individuals and businesses will suffer from the wake of Hurricane Michael, others will benefit. How can Florida and Georgia recover economically from the devastation left...

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Episode 9 of Trading Perspectives

October 9, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Trump Trade War We can all agree that trade is good. More trade is better than no trade. In episode 9 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the purpose of a trade war and the rising pressure Trump is putting on China after striking a deal with Mexico and Canada. How was the USMCA deal able to be completed while China continues to push back? Could China’s opposition be driven in part by ego...

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Common Cents on October 5, 2018

October 4, 2018, by John Norris

This week, a colleague asked me whether I thought the projected amount of additional Federal debt over the next decade would have a detrimental impact on interest rates. Another way of putting their question was/is: “we are already $20 trillion in the hole in Washington, and will be $30 trillion in the red in 10 years. Interest rates should go UP, right?” This makes perfect intuitive sense. After all, it would seem to be basic...

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Episode 8 of Trading Perspectives

October 1, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

The Future of Social Media With the exit of Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger, many companies are left wondering what role social media is going to have moving forward. In Episode 8 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the different aspects of social media that are causing concern and how relevant social media platforms are going to be given the amount of control Mark Zuckerberg has over Facebook.  Will a social...

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