economy

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The Stock Market and the Economy


Published August 7, 2020

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One of the favorite sources of news and discussion topics in the financial media is the economy and speculation about its future health. Everyone knows that economies, whether local, national or global, repeatedly go through boom and bust cycles. These business cycles affect all of us to some degree but many in the investment community pay particular attention to them because of a fundamental belief that as the economy goes so goes the stock market. (more…)

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Small Ball


Published September 29, 2017

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After spending much of the year lagging well behind their large-cap brethren, small caps stocks have caught fire! They are being spurred on by a shift in favored market sectors toward financial and energy companies as well as the announcement (finally!) of a tax cut plan by the Trump Administration. (more…)

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Economic data versus the stock market


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Published May 12, 2017

TimingCube_cartoon051217There is a natural tendency for investors to believe that the stock market will follow economic trends.  What some people fail to realize, at least initially, is that investors are looking out into the future and the expected movement in the economy.  Only when an economic datapoint shows up that is at odds with that expected outlook do stocks react.  The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index (CESI) seeks to measure how those datapoints are matching up to what has been expected.  (more…)