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Names, Brands, and Reputation

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , |

What’s in a name? Souce: That’s what Juliet asks in the famous “balcony scene” in Romeo and Juliet. She had fallen in love with Romeo, but Romeo had the wrong family name. Tragically, they [...]

Investments, Risk, and Return

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , |

What is risk? Base jumpers. Photo: Christophe Michot. Souce: Wikipedia In 1952 Harry Markowitz changed the world. By combining different assets he proved that a diversified portfolio would have a lower variance. His mathematical formula [...]

Carbon Dreams

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , |

Are we bound to a “wheel of fire”? Photo: Gerd Altman. Source: Pixabay For millennia, people have burned things when they wanted or needed energy. Campfires and fireplaces give us heat; ovens and stoves cook [...]

Incomes and Outcomes

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , , |

What can investors do about low rates? Source: St. Louis Fed Low interest rate around the world are challenging investors and savers everywhere. And it isn’t just households: state and local pension funds—once fully funded—are [...]

True Grit?

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , |

What makes an investor successful? Photo: Paul Warrander. Source: Wikipedia People can argue about whether success is due to luck or skill. But often it seems to come from somewhere else. Notably, a person’s performance [...]

Dissent and Dysfunction?

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , , |

Does the Federal Reserve need to do some team-building? Federal Reserve “Dot Plot.” Source: Federal Reserve As expected, the Fed did not increase their interest rate target. Instead, they decided to wait for further progress [...]

World Wide Cash

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , |

Why do firms hold so much cash overseas? Source: Capital Economics As the global economy has grown, cash held overseas by US firms has grown at a rapid pace. US companies now hold over $2.5 [...]

Getting Personal in the Gig Economy

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , , |

Getting Personal in the Gig Economy What is the “gig economy” doing to us? Photo: Elisa Riva. Source: Pixabay More and more people today are independent contractors—about a third of the US economy. Apps like [...]