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What’s Up With Inflation

January 19, 2022

What’s Up With Inflation Inflation was already on the rise before we learned about the omicron variant. Now on top of supply-chain shortages and transportation disruptions, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently observed that a resurgence of COVID-19 cases could reduce the consumer-driven boom we’ve enjoyed for the past few months. Concerns about safety could…

Outlook For Equities

January 11, 2022

Outlook For Equities The general outlook for equities is positive toward the end of the year and into 2022. Stocks performed relatively well through the autumn earnings season and, as a general rule, the fourth quarter tends to be the best one for stock performance. While the coronavirus, labor shortages, supply chain issues and rising…

Low Supply Increases Demand

January 11, 2022

Low Supply Increases Demand Across the board, we’re seeing the capitalist principles of supply and demand both drive and curb U.S. economic activity. But, as more people have emerged from their hermit-like existence throughout the past year and a half, consumer spending is shifting from goods to services. For example, the services industry (e.g., restaurants,…

The Investment Greats

January 4, 2022

The Investment Greats Not surprisingly, some of the most notable investors in America founded well-known investment companies. For example, John Templeton, whom in 1999 “Money” magazine called “arguably the greatest global stock picker of the century” founded Templeton Funds, best known for its international fund lineup. Thomas Rowe Price Jr., also referred to as “the…

The Rise of the Unicorn in “The Great Resignation”

December 21, 2021

The Rise of the Unicorn in “The Great Resignation” With the advent of the Great Resignation, there has been a dramatic increase in new business filings. Could this be the start of a rise in “unicorns?”3 In business, a unicorn — a phrase coined in 2013 — is a privately held startup company valued at over…

Single Finances

December 18, 2021

Single Finances Pew Research Center reported that in 2019, about 38% of adults ages 25 to 34 in the U.S. were not married or living with a partner, up from 29% in 1990.1 While marriage and even long-term relationships are growing less prevalent, the data shows that single people tend to be less financially stable than…

America’s Seesaw Wealth

December 14, 2021

America’s Seesaw Wealth It is interesting to evaluate how various economic events throughout time affect different wealth demographics. For example, the 2007-2009 Great Recession saw higher losses in male-oriented jobs, such as construction and manufacturing. However, the pandemic-induced recession of 2020 was quite the opposite, affecting women to such a degree that the event spawned…

Capitalism & Competition is it working?

November 30, 2021

Capitalism & Competition is it working? Everything is privately controlled in capitalism. In a socialist economy, however, businesses are owned and run by the government, and the workers are employees of the government. The U.S. national health care system is run based on capitalist principles. However, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is an…

Who’s Paying Higher Prices?

November 23, 2021

Who’s Paying Higher Prices? You may have noticed higher prices on the things you buy regularly, like groceries and gas. However, many consumers may not realize that economic factors such as backed-up supply chains, extreme weather events, labor shortages/higher wages, and higher demand are not currently reflected in many consumer prices. Why is that? In…

The China Connection

November 16, 2021

The China Connection America’s outsourcing of manufacturing (and jobs) to China has been a sore point for many years. But now that there are logistics issues due to the pandemic – costing U.S. companies money – there may be more incentive for reshoring in the future. Alas, some logistics planners are projecting that supply uncertainties,…

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