Category: In The Markets

Year-End Tax-Planning Report: December 2016

As we near the end of 2016, there may be an opportunity to reduce your income taxes if you act before the end of the year.  The election of Mr. Trump will likely result in significant changes to the income tax code.

Trumped Up Market Moves

We are now two weeks past one of the most surprising election results in American political history. While there are certainly mixed feelings among various groups, everyone is asking the same important question: what does this mean for my portfolio?

French ‘Fwise’

In 1850 an economist and philosopher that was soon to meet his demise wrote a pivotal essay entitled “That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen”.  This essay was my first introduction to his writings, and I ate up his every word like they were – as Daffy Duck might say – French ‘Fwise’.

Staring Pilot In The Face

“What is truth?” Pontius Pilot asked Jesus. A profound question drenched in irony, considering Truth was staring Pilot in the face. But Pilot’s point is clear: he didn’t believe in absolute truth. Pilot held to relativism.

The Rigged Economy: Federal Reserve Style

As it turns out, the answer is yes. The economy is indeed rigged, but not by the usual suspects. Wall Street isn’t the culprit. Neither is Washington D.C. Corporate America isn’t to blame, either. So who is?

Take No Interest

Recent headlines are focusing on whether or not the Federal Reserve (FED) will raise its key interest rate this year. If they raise rates, the markets may falter. If they don’t raise rates then they may lose credibility (if only!). The financial world is on edge, while most people shrug their shoulders and wonder why the FED even matters.