Weekly Market Commentary

August 23, 2016

Seven days before hosting the most exclusive annual gathering of financial oracles and data diviners, the Federal Reserve Board announced a new effort to increase transparency by launching a Facebook page.

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August 17, 2016

It took more than 100 Brazilian workers at the Casa da Moeda do Brasil to mint the 5,130 medals being awarded at this summer’s Olympic Games. Although priceless to the athletes, the bronze medals are worth only $5, the silver ones $305 and the gold (sterling silver coated by gold) roughly $567.

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August 09, 2016

It is August, and much of the western hemisphere is on vacation, but the world does not take a holiday. The Emperor of Japan shocked his nation by appearing on television to say that he would like to step down.

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August 02, 2016

The midsummer stretch is upon us. Party nominating conventions are over, the Congress has adjourned until September and family vacations are underway.

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July 26, 2016

The Group of Twenty (G-20) is an economic clique comprised of heads of state from 19 industrialized and developing countries plus the European Union, together representing about 66% of the world’s population.

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July 19, 2016

Despite years of massive fiscal and monetary stimulus, flagging growth from east to west continues to flummox world leaders. Central bank interventions coupled with political uncertainty have driven investors into safe havens.

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