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Monday, August 3, 2020

Individual states have all begun to reopen to some degree or the after the coronavirus thrust the country into lockdown starting in March. Nothing moves in a straight line, so now some states are pausing plans to re-open and a few are...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Everyone knows that there is a disconnect between the positioning of the major U.S. stock indexes and the performance of the economy. The question is whether that gap is going to be corrected by an economic rebound or by the stock...

Monday, July 20, 2020

We are now entering 2nd quarter earnings season for all publicly traded companies. This is where the rubber will meet the road for an answer to the dichotomy of tepid economic numbers along with a strong stock market that has launched...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is colossal and everyone is feeling the impact. We all know someone who needs extra care during this pandemic. Do you have the financial resources and peace of mind in place to help? Perhaps you are a child...

Monday, June 15, 2020

The roller coaster in the stock market continues with volatility last week returning to the type of panic moves as we had in March. Trying to make sense of markets with economic numbers in full out depression territory and a...

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Monday, June 8, 2020

For years we have been writing about the expansion of debt that has been taken on world-wide by countries, companies, and individuals. That trend of debt accumulation has exploded higher in the last few months in response to the...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The shortened week, which began with a powerful two-day rally of trading, was enough to drive the markets into another week of solid gains.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.75%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Risk on is the name of the investing game right now with the S&P 500 back above the 3000 level and the ten-year treasury yields sneaking back up over .7%. Bad economic reports and flare-ups political between the U.S. and China have...

Monday, May 11, 2020

If you are looking at a chart of the U.S. stock market indexes, you may think that the Corona Virus challenges are behind us and we are back to a full-steam-ahead sort of economy. The fundamentals of the economy, however, show a...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Tumultuous market trading has settled down over the last couple weeks with the VIX (volatility index) settling well back below forty. However, this week we will be bombarded with the peak week of Q1 earnings as well as announcements...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The turmoil in financial markets has been epic to say the least over the last two months. The coronavirus has effectively halted the world economy – and after the longest expansion in U.S. economic history, U.S. banks are...

Monday, April 13, 2020

After a torrid week of gravity defying gains in the world’s stock indexes last week, we see a dose of reality hit the markets for open this week. That reality will be the earnings season that is kicking off and the question is...

Monday, April 6, 2020

With news organizations reporting nearly nothing save the coronavirus updates, most of the world is on hold waiting for indications of a timeline for the pandemic to subside. India, China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, and the UK...

Monday, March 30, 2020

The rollercoaster ride of the stock market has hit some unprecedented levels recently. From the high print of late February, U.S. stock indexes sold off 30 something percent – in one month. The situation overseas has been worse...

Monday, March 16, 2020

The world has seen asset market turmoil over the last few weeks fueled by panic over the coronavirus situation. The fear is largely driven by the virus’ capacity to transmit quickly with little person to person contact as neither...

Monday, March 9, 2020

As of the writing of this article the world-wide numbers on the Corona Virus aren’t pretty. The total number infected has risen to 100,034 and the death total stands at 3,825. Schools are closing, companies are cancelling travel...

Monday, March 2, 2020

One week has turned the entire financial world upside down and now everyone is scratching their heads wondering – what’s next?Coming immediately off an all-time high, in rough numbers the S&P 500 sold off 15% in about a...

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monetary authorities across the world have slashed interest rates 80 times over the last 12 months and printed upwards of $1 trillion over four months to counter the economic slowdown that is plaguing especially the developed world. As...

Monday, January 6, 2020

The new year is rolling in with a lot of changes both in the economic/pollical world and with us as commentators on it! First and foremost, we at SES Services just moved offices – although within the same building. We moved from...

Monday, December 16, 2019

Interest rates have been coming down in America – and worldwide for that matter – since 1981 when Fed Chair Paul Volcker rocketed the Federal Funds Rate to 20%. As interest rates are, in essence the cost of money, things...

Monday, December 2, 2019

Artificially low interest rates for the last decade, as we have written repeatedly have been one of the driving forces of asset prices going higher. One of the mechanisms through which these low rates drive stock prices higher is...

Monday, November 18, 2019

The stock market surged to new all-time highs this week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing over 28,000 for the first time. Economic numbers this week, however, were actually quite dismal including poor retail sales numbers...

Monday, November 4, 2019

The stock market is surging to new highs at least partially because of a positive update on the Chinese trade conflict. A senior White House official says the deal is almost done – but talks continue on tech transfer and IP...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell is expected to deliver another U.S. interest rate cut at the FED meeting on Wednesday this week. Recent U.S. economic data has been mixed, with weakness among manufacturers contrasting with resilient...

Monday, October 14, 2019

The month of September set the new all-time record in world-wide corporate bond issuance – topping $300 billion for the first time. Issuance for the entire year is on pace for a new all-time record of about $2 trillion. Even...

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mario Draghi, president of the ECB announced a massive new bond-buying program last Thursday in a bid to stimulate the ailing euro zone economy. The central bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program will entail 20 billion euros per...

Monday, August 26, 2019

Until last month, the Federal Reserve has been on a tightening strategy since late 2015. The Fed was decreasing the size of its balance sheet and the Fed Funds rate was increased from essentially zero to the 2.25%-2.5% range. The...