Retail sales for January were released this morning but were disappointing, staying flat with December’s growth rate of 0.3%. Since consumption spending is 65-70% of GDP, it matters . . . a lot! The mystery to me is why anybody expected the higher growth rate of 0.5%? Despite last week’s rise in consumer confidence, the … Continue reading Christmas Hangover?
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I’ve just returned from the annual conference on Exchange Traded Funds in Florida, often called ETFs. They have several advantages over mutual funds. For example, they can be bought or sold anytime during the day, not just at the close like mutual funds. Since their investment objective is to match some index, like the S&P … Continue reading InsideETF Conference
Easily, the most anticipated economic report each month is the Jobs Report, which was issued this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While much anticipated, it is becoming less meaningful. Historically, the Jobs Report for January is the most difficult to measure and most often corrected the following month. Today’s report showed only 36 … Continue reading Too Much Anticipation and Too Little Meaning
Well, it is official . . . the markets in January were mostly positive. According to the old Wall Street axiom, “so goes January, so goes the year.” For the month, the Dow was up 2.7% and the broader-based S&P was up 2.2%. Both are very healthy gains for only a month! While there is … Continue reading The January Effect
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