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Perspectives

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Brainfacturing

Brainfacturing

Second Quarter 2014

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Hall-of-Famer, Wayne Gretzky, once stated that great hockey players do not skate to where the puck is but to where the puck is going. With Gretzky’s maxim in mind, we found it interesting to learn that Antoine Van Agtmael, who coined the term emerging markets over 30 years ago, offered some provocative thoughts which suggest where the investment “puck” is currently headed...

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Divergent

First Quarter 2014

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The movie release of the popular book of the same title, Divergent, has now hit the “big screen”. While we confess to knowing little about the storyline of the book and movie, we suspect it is safe to say that it is not about the contemporary investment environment. Yet, the term divergent strikes us...

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Big Intersection

Fourth Quarter 2013

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Perhaps you have heard the Walgreens’ advertising that includes the tagline, “at the corner of happy and healthy”. In the current investment world context, it strikes us that the prevailing views about U.S.-traded stocks and the underlying economy remain much closer to the corner of unhappy and unhealthy...

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Longer for Stronger – The Unintentional Tradeoff?

Third Quarter 2013

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Maybe Copernicus was wrong—the earth does not revolve around the sun. Instead, the entire universe revolves around Washington D.C. Or so one would believe if current headlines and the 24/7 "news" coverage are any indication. Nearly all media focus has been on: the drama surrounding Washington D.C. budget battles, the two "downs"—as in government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling showdown, and when the Federal Reserve will begin...

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Telling the Time

Second Quarter 2013

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What “time” is it in the global economy and the financial markets? Is the economic expansion nearing “old age”? Are the markets living on borrowed time? There are no clocks to guide investors of course. However, we believe a few insights into prevailing conditions, along with some historical perspective, provide the next best thing towards telling the time on these and related investment issues.

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A Wet Blanket and Low Expectations

Third Quarter 2012

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Within the hubbub surrounding the recent National Football League referee strike are some important insights pertinent to the contemporary economic and investment scene. By way of background: the League’s management, comprised of team owners and the NFL Commissioner, attempted to counteract a referee strike by hiring replacements. However...

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Washington’s Wet Blanket

Second Quarter 2012

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In what is becoming a tiresome annual event, for the third spring/summer in a row the financial markets have again come under the spell of Euro-zone economic troubles. Global stock markets move higher when the “great minds” of Europe’s policymakers seem to be moving to defuse their troubles, only to swoon when they yet again come up...

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The Disconnect Between Theory and Practice

First Quarter 2012

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With the Supreme Court taking up the matter of the constitutionality of the private mandate within the Health Care Act, thoughts drift back to another era and another landmark ruling by the High Court. As detailed by financial journalist Amity Shlaes in her 2007 book, The Forgotten Man, the 1935 case of Schechter Poultry versus the U.S. also…

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