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This Is the End

This is the end. The end of accommodation. The end of easy money. The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates last month for the 8th time, bringing the Effective Fed Funds Rate up to 2.18%, its highest level since April 2008. More importantly, the Fed Funds Rate now stands above U.S. core inflation (2.17%) for the […]

Our September Market Perspectives Webinar included a discussion of the following research topics: Dr. Copper and Mr. Market Do Low Interest Rates Justify High Valuations? Is the Fed Model a Good Valuation Tool? Is This Really the Longest Bull Market Ever? Is a Confident Consumer Good News for the Stock Market? Do Stocks Perform Better […]

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Does Currency Hedging Reduce Volatility?

“Currency adds volatility – and that can be costly.” – Sales Pitch One of the main selling points for hedging currency exposure in foreign equities is a reduction in volatility. The argument typically goes as follows: as a U.S. investor, why take on additional currency volatility if you don’t have to? Simply hedge the foreign […]

US manufacturing is booming. In a report released this week, the ISM Manufacturing Index moved up to 61.3, the second-highest level in the last 30 years. Data Source for all charts/tables herein: FRED, Bloomberg Many are saying that’s great news for the stock market because increased manufacturing activity is evidence of a stronger economy. This […]

Do All Leveraged ETFs Go to Zero?

When it comes to leveraged ETFs, two of the more popular myths are as follows: “They all go to 0 over time.” “If you hold them for more than a few days, you will lose money.” Fact or Fiction? You be the judge… The 3x Long Nasdaq 100 ETF (TQQQ) was launched in February 2010, […]

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