Week in Review 8/17/2018

Week ending 8/17/2018 Dollar dropped this week, perhaps as concerns that the currency volatility in Turkey would spread to emerging markets calmed. Several major US retailers announced earnings and despite some beating expectations, the industry outlook remains negative. The SP500 is near its 6-month high, as the 10 Yr treasuries fall back towards February levels. … Read more

Weekly Macro Review

Dollar started the week strong and ended strong, capping off a week of directional momentum in the currency markets. The recent renewed bullishness of US equities (on strength of earnings) and turbulence in the global markets is making the dollar attractive relative to other markets. Updated weekly. Prices reflect daily market closings for week ending … Read more

Asset Allocation in a Diversified Investment Portfolio

Why Invest A possible consequence of the uncertainty that comes with investments in stocks, bonds and other financial assets is that people may end up holding a disproportionate amount of their savings in cash and cash-like products (savings accounts, CDs,  money market accounts, stable value funds, ect.). Depending on the interplay between interest rates and … Read more

Themes in Global Economies 2017

I believe the following two themes will shape markets for 2017: The rise of a conservative populist nationalism as a reaction to a decade of liberal expansion Which will have to confront the reality that technological globalization is entrenched in the modern world  A new phase of global economic recovery that is ushered in by … Read more

In the News: On Brexit

Since Thursday’s “Leave” vote emerged as the British people’s desire, most markets have dropped. The S&P 500 is down 5% as of this writing, and the FTSE 100 is down around 5.5%. The Euro, GBP and Yen are down, while the USD has gained. Ratings agencies have reduced the credit ratings of the UK, and given … Read more

Social Media trends

In the News: Social Media

With Twitter bears straying into civilization as the company hit all-time lows this month, I think that it’s a good time to talk about the social medias. I recently started using multiple platforms for marketing, integrating Hootsuite and SNAP! social media poster to make the management process less time consuming. I feel relatively comfortable talking … Read more

Luxury market trends

New Luxury

Headlines on retailers are worrying but I think that there is a wider issue related to manufacturing. The premium you used to be able to charge on branded products in textiles, plastics and even electronics are evaporating because the high barriers of entry for manufacturers are evaporating. This increased supply of goods is driving stores out … Read more

Big Data

In the News: Big Data

I read an article this morning about the Salesforce acquisition of Implisit Insights, a data-mining/big data company. Salesforce prices appear to have jumped on the news. This is likely because investors believe that the technology acquired will help Salesforce improve it’s CRM software. The ability to take vast amounts of input variables and condense them into easy to … Read more

Themes in Global Economies 2016

There are a two main themes I’ve noticed in the new year so far. Corporate earnings are slowing, cost cutting is up Governmental QE programs are still ramping up, but easy money is not generating tax revenue The US is cutting back, but very, very slowly. Rest of world expanding. Other media focal points include emerging market … Read more