Weekly Market Commentary

August 25, 2015

When a local newspaper runs a correction, it is likely to be buried near the used auto parts ads or underneath some recipe for kale loaf with grass-fed yak – unlike when the financial markets go into correction mode.


August 18, 2015

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson took pen in hand and signed into law the bill creating Medicare and Medicaid, federal insurance programs that now cover more than one-third of the U.S. population.


August 11, 2015

Whether you are in a beach chair or at your usual post, odds are that you have been scratching your head a lot lately. It seems that there are more puzzlers than usual. Consider political polls for one.


August 04, 2015

A new record may yet be set in Washington this year at the Federal Election Commission. At this writing, more than 530 Americans have registered as 2016 presidential candidates; 96 filed the requisite form in July.


July 28, 2015

The Chinese government may have spent as much as 5 trillion yuan ($806 billion) so far trying to stabilize the stock market since mid-June; but the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell another 10.2% in this week’s first two trading days.


July 21, 2015

Toki Pona, a pidgin-like language using only 14 letters and 123 words, was invented in 2001 by a Canadian linguist who saw the need for a universal method of communication that would help to simplify talk among cultures in a complex world.

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