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  • EconomicsStock Market

    Following the Money

    May 7, 2021

    Ever wonder who owns all the stocks? Well, if you believe Fed data, it’s the well-to-do. In its Distributional Financial Accounts, the Fed provides quarterly e…

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  • Stock Market

    Entering Earnings Season

    Apr 14, 2021

    As we get into the heart of the earnings season, we thought we’d take a final look at earnings estimates. The chart below shows that S&P 500 estimates have…

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  • Stock Market

    The Archegos Debacle

    Apr 5, 2021

    Over the past week or so there has been some unusual volatility in a handful of stocks, both US and Chinese. Media reports have attributed the volatility to fo…

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  • Stock Market

    The Evidence Continues To Mount

    Mar 15, 2021

    The much-publicized market trends continue to be reinforced. Since the yield on the 10-year Treasury bottomed out in August of last year at around 0.51%, that …

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  • Stock Market

    Just Another Head Fake?

    Feb 25, 2021

    Stock-market volatility appears to have returned with a vengeance over the past several days.  Though you wouldn't know it from looking at the daily closing le…

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  • Stock Market

    Tracking Earnings

    Feb 11, 2021

    If you're wondering why stock prices keep going up, the most likely explanations are: 1) the Fed has promised to keep interest rates low indefinitely, and 2) t…

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  • Investment StrategyStock Market

    What’s Going On With GameStop?

    Feb 4, 2021

    In this week's Market Commentary, I thought I would take a stab at explaining the dramatic volatility in GameStop last week. The topic can get pretty complicat…

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