I use my weekly Dividend Café commentary to provide a high-level overview of all macro-economic matters that we believe are relevant to the state of capital markets, and this includes frequent coverage of the need for increased capital expenditures from corporate America to lengthen this economic expansion. That the tax reform bill and broad business […]
Congressmen Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Peter DeFazio of Oregon have introduced the Wall Street Tax Act, a crass and poorly constructed tax on financial transactions. More specifically, the bill aims to charge a 10 basis point fee on all financial transactions (stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc.). The bill is backed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a […]
Many investors may be excited to put 2018 in the rearview mirror, as its contrast from 2017 was stark in many ways. However, a deeper look at 2018 may reveal that the challenges of the year, while real, were different than many have understood them to be. Further, the outlook for 2019 may also be different […]
Much attention has been paid over the years to the low correlation that exists between economic growth and stock market performance, particularly in the nations of emerging markets. The oft-cited analogy of Mexico’s pitiful GDP growth and stellar stock market from 1993-2013 vs. China’s transformative GDP growth and pitiful stock market over the same period […]
The following is a compilation of a Special Series on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis of 2008 highlighted in the Market Epicurean on the exact dates of the some of the most historically significant financial happenings of our time. We have also added short videos for each of the Ten Parts, a Podcast […]
Dear Valued Clients and Friends – I spent a significant portion of the last 48 hours looking deeper into the nature of the market sell-off we experienced Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Friday’s rebound notwithstanding, it was a particularly destabilizing week, made more so by the lack of real explanation or catalyst. By Thursday […]
It would be impossible to do justice to the financial crisis of 2008 in just ten parts, let alone a tenth part that ends on October 2. As a couple previous issues referenced, by October 2 the House had not even passed TARP yet (that was the 3rd). The week of October 6 became one […]
This 777 Was A Crash not a Landing I woke up in New York City Monday morning, Sept. 29, dreading what was to come. By now it had been two calendar weeks since Lehman Brothers had declared bankruptcy, yet those two weeks felt like two calendar years – not just for the markets and news […]
What a 20-Block Walk Can Mean to the Fate of a Gigantic Bank I arrived in New York City on the evening of Thursday, September 25, 2008, in time to take in the failure of banking giant, Washington Mutual. I also arrived without luggage (the one time in over 250 trips to New York City […]
WaMu, FDIC, and other Four-Letter Words When Bear Stearns went down in March of 2008, 100% of Wall Street was familiar with the venerable financial giant, but I suspect a very small percentage of Main Street was. And in September of 2008, again, 100% of Wall Street knew Lehman Brothers, but I doubt a large […]
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