Markets shift sharply as uncertainty rises

Financial markets have undergone a pretty sharp shift over the past two weeks. Interest rates have…

Dispelling false analogs in Emerging Market Fintech

China’s success in financial technology inspires legions of EM fintech hopefuls worldwide, spurring them to frenzied…

When it comes to college, think ‘savings’ over ‘scholarships’

Does it make you a bad parent to hope your kid’s team loses the final round…

Argentina’s presidential primary raises policy questions

Argentina’s presidential primary elections shocked investors Sunday when President Mauricio Macri suffered a major defeat against…

Will the inverted yield curve lead to recession?

The US Treasury yield curve, specifically the spread between the 10-year US Treasury rate and the…

You can’t train a great white shark – or control global trade

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Jaws,” an iconic American summer movie about a great…

I Am Surprised by the Recent Commentary on Rates

You can count me as surprised. But not for why you are thinking – that the…

August 2019 MLP Update and News

Midstream master limited partnerships (MLPs), as measured by the Alerian MLP Index (AMZ), ended July down…

Stock market sell-off underscores trade war dangers

As I write this, there is a significant market sell-off underway, as fears about escalating trade…

Measure twice, cut once: Fed delivers expected cut

The Federal Reserve (Fed) cut rates by 0.25% for the first time in over a decade,1…

Unilateral currency intervention: Avoid at all cost

As the FOMC meets this week to review its policy stance, another issue continues to rear…

This week the Fed will remind us that it’s the world’s central bank

Back when I was in high school, I worked as a lifeguard. I thought it would…

Global debt outlook: A more stable second half could stem the tide of slower growth

The second quarter was a continuation of the first in both the economic data (as growth…

Social Security funding levels improve in 2018, but challenges remain

There are a few bright spots for the nation’s retirement security system, but concerns remain about…

25 or 50 bps? Wrong question and wrong answer

The Fed prognosticators are having a field day ahead of the upcoming FOMC meeting at the…

Financial markets aren’t woolly mammoths: Running from fear can be counterproductive

American humorist Mark Twain once quipped, “I have been through some terrible things in my life,…

Idea generation in the investing world

A frequent topic of discussion in the investing world is idea generation — how do you…

Senate hearing focuses on retirement challenges

On May 14, 2019, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled “Challenges in the Retirement…

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