stock market: The Relationship Between Stocks and Rates - 06/10/14 12:57 AM
 
There is an obvious relationship between the movement of stocks and interest rates. When the economy is doing better, stocks should also improve. This same stronger economy increases inflationary pressures which causes interest rates to rise. In addition, when stocks are doing well, more investors put their money in the stock market as opposed to bonds. So, on days that stocks are doing well, interest rates are increasing which means that bonds are not doing so well.
Seems simple, right? Look over the past five years and it is not so simple. For the past five years stocks have done … (0 comments)

stock market: Stocks Continue To Be Resilient - 05/27/14 01:07 AM
The stock market has been on quite a run for the past five years or so. Granted, most of this was a rebound from the precipitous drop we experienced during the financial crisis and recession. However, a run this long and this far is hard to ignore. So many times in the past five years we have seen periods of weakness that looked like either corrections or the end of the run, only for stocks to bounce back and hit new highs. Why have stocks been so resilient?
There are a multitude of theories, but the bottom line is that stocks … (0 comments)

stock market: The China Card - 04/21/14 03:55 AM
The past few weeks has seen some major volatility within the stock markets. Some weeks have seen major pullbacks and others we have seen significant bounce-backs. The first ten days of April, the volatility of the markets hit on the downside. One thing which is interesting about this pullback is that it happened as the economy was pulling out of its pause caused by a very cold and harsh winter. For example, the first week in April we saw a stronger employment report and the second week first time claims for unemployment fell to levels not seen for many years.
When … (2 comments)

stock market: The Resilient Markets - 09/23/13 03:50 AM
It has been five years since the collapse of the financial markets. Five years ago, the world financial systems were on the brink of collapse. For five years we have been crawling out of a deep hole. You can’t get very far by crawling, but if one moves forward a little-by-little for five years, how far we have come will look very impressive.
Let’s just look at the stock markets. Early in 2009 the Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed at just under 6500 in reaction to the crisis. This year the Dow has topped 15,500. That is a gain of approximately … (0 comments)

 
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