Weekly Market Commentary

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.

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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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July 14, 2015

Trading was shut down for nearly four hours on the New York Stock Exchange last Wednesday, adding to the hypertension in global financial markets. The cause was reported to be an internal technical issue.

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July 07, 2015

Greece has been full of civil unrest over fiscal austerity demands from creditors who have been funding its bailouts for the last five years. In Sunday’s referendum, the tally was 61.3% in favor of rejecting recent lender terms vs 38.7% against.

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June 30, 2015

The political and financial trauma in Puerto Rico and Greece come as no surprise to the markets, but the brinkmanship continues to make for volatile trading. U.S. economic date reports last week were mixed but largely upbeat.

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June 23, 2015

Summer has arrived, but these first few days are not so lazy, sunny or warm for everyone. June 30 marks the end of the Supreme Court’s 2014 term, and the justices have about 20 major cases yet to rule on.

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