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Consumer Sentiment Increasing Higher Than Expected

The University of Michigan recently reported its consumer sentiment survey numbers.  They were the second highest level since 2007, only below the January 2015 level.  This survey asks people questions about their current financial situation and how they feel it will change over the next twelve months, along with questions about their feelings on the […]

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Retirement Road Trip

Imagine yourself planning a road trip across the country.  The route has been mapped out with projected stops based your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  The amount of time, as well as the cost, has been estimated based on the price of gasoline and your expected speed.  Unexpected events like traffic, weather, or vehicle maintenance will be […]

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Easing To Create Momentum

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced yesterday plans to begin a $70 billion monthly bond-buying program (also known as Quantitative Easing) beginning in March of 2015.  The monetary stimulus program is expected to last until at least September of 2016.  This means that over the next 18 months, roughly $1.26 trillion will be pumped into […]

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Rising Interest Rates or the Brink of QE4?

My colleague, Wenny Gorman, explained in her recent blog on inflation that as prices rise, consumers are more inclined to make their purchase today as opposed to waiting.  This is because in an inflationary environment, prices are rising which means the same purchase will require more money in the not too distant future.  With deflation, […]

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Dr. King, The Visionary

“The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thunder, But No Lightning?

I don’t take lightly the 3+% move in the markets over the past two days.  And, be assured, down days in the market leave a much more lasting impression in my mind than big up days (which is why I was able to cite below the date and statistics of events 27+ years ago without […]

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