Bull and Bear Bulletin

Bull and Bear Bulletin - September 2017

Currency has been a medium of exchange for millennia. From Rai stones in Palau, to knives in China, to jewelry in Egypt and all the way to our current fiat system, money has been the agreed upon way to store value to exchange for goods and services later.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - August 2017

Forgetting for a second the noise and concern over North Korean nuclear tipped missiles, a noticeable trend not seen since the end of the Global Financial Crisis has appeared over the intermediate term. The major economic areas of the world the United States, Japan, the Eurozone and the developing nations are all trending at reasonable levels of growth simultaneously.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - June 2017

The industrial sector can be viewed as businesses that build or move an economy. The sector is made up of construction firms, railroads, airlines, home building products, defense contractors, etc. It is the segment of the economy that relies on large capital expenditures due to the high value and cost of production.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - May 2017

Choices can always be challenging: Do I want chocolate or vanilla? What’s for supper? What do I want to do in retirement? As the options increase for each decision, the difficulty of making that decision increases. In your investment portfolio, there are millions of allocations, companies, and strategies to choose from. With only a limited amount of capital, you must deploy your assets to make the best risk-adjusted return for your situation.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - March 2017

Income in portfolios primarily comes from stock dividends and more stable and secure coupon interest payments on bonds. Higher inflation, when observed as a broad and sustained increase in the price level of goods and services, acts as a tax on money holdings, so the practical reality for individuals receiving an income stream could be reduced purchasing power under higher inflationary regimes.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - February 2017

You may have heard radio ads for Home Storage IRAs with sales pitches that use fear tactics such as "Your IRA may be at risk again." or "What if the market crashes like 2008?" Perhaps you have seen ads that highlight the control of having gold coins in such an IRA, like "Hold your IRA in your hands."

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - December 2016

The subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 sent the value of most investors’ largest asset, their homes, into a tailspin. Eight years later, the housing market is still a confusing place for buyers and sellers alike. The national median home price has recovered strongly. Rentals have been in high demand and borrowing rates have never been lower.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - November 2016

While it may not be wise to draw firm long-term conclusions from the short-term market trends that emerged after the U.S. Presidential election, the recent price action may be instructive about market participants initial thinking on the matter. The general market conditions this year have existed against a backdrop of low growth both here and around the globe.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - September 2016

From Keynesian economists to the European Central Bank, calls to eliminate physical currency in society are occurring.  Excuses for this incursion into the privacy rights of citizens mirror previous power grabs by governments citing the need to fight the black market, illegal immigration and terrorism. 

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - August 2016

Which of the following quotes is more accurate: “Many hands make light work” or “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth”? Both sayings reflect people coming together, but each results in a different conclusion.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - June 2016

The strength of the consumer is often a primary focus for market participants due to the fact that spending on personal consumption tends to contribute close to 70% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - May 2016

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 160,000 in April and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5%.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - March 2016

The S&P 500 Index has rallied nearly 10% since its February low. The strong rally may lead an investor to consider whether the worst is over or if this is just a bounce within the context of a longer down trend.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - February 2016

Over the past six months, we have outlined the negative impacts a strong U.S. dollar and lower oil prices have had on financial markets. Unfortunately, the fallout has intensified through the first six weeks of the year.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - December 2015

A Red Flag Ocean Warning is defined as a “high hazard, high surf and/or strong currents”, cautioning potential swimmers that they should take extreme caution if entering the water.

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Bull and Bear - September 2015

The stock market finally experienced a long overdue correction. The sell-off was induced by signs of slower global growth and investor concerns that an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve could exacerbate the global slowing and ultimately push the U.S. economy into a recession.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - August 2015

As this is being written on August 12, 2015, the Dow Jones Transportation Index is down more than 9% this year, a stark contrast to the 1% gain in the S&P 500 Index and the 2% decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - June 2015

Over the last month, stocks have maintained their flat year-to-date pattern, but the bond market has started to exhibit renewed volatility and increased selling pressure.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - May 2015

Through the first week of May, 90% of S&P 500 companies have reported their first quarter earnings. Of the 453 companies that have reported, 36% exceeded expectations, 16% were in line with expectations and 48% missed analysts’ expectations.

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - March 2015

Subtle changes in the Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) rhetoric have many market pundits forecasting the first interest rate increase since 2006.

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Bull and Bear - February 2015

The U.S. stock market has traded sideways so far this year with 3% weekly swings. Despite the lack of market direction, the growing economic concern has been the potential Greek break away from the European Union (EU).

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Bull and Bear Bulletin - December 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - November 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - September 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - August 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - June 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - May 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - March 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - February 2014
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - December 2013
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - November 2013
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - August 2013
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - June 2013
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - March 2013
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - February 2013
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - December 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - November 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - September 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - August 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - June 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - May 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - March 2012
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Bull and Bear Bulletin - February 2012
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