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Explaining Financial Gravity

This is a follow-up post to The Gravity of the Situation. Please read that for the simple version.

Since the Federal Reserve decided to begin playing the most dangerous game of limbo in recorded history with interest rates at the beginning of the current market cycle, investors have begun obsessing over yield like Gollum with his ring. 1,125 more words

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Good and Bad Deflation

Deflation, it seems, is like the curate’s egg; good in parts. On reflection, this makes about as much sense. Central banks have referred to falling food and oil prices as ‘good’ deflation. 1,583 more words


Keynes and the Misspecified Liquidity Trap

J.M. Keynes’ “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” was not a general theory but rather a series of brilliant insights. Keynes, a financial market speculator as well as a theoretical economist, applied some insights derived from his speculative activities to economic theory with spectacular results. 543 more words


Are You Ready for Some March Madness?

Two things happened yesterday that will impact your credit union. What remains to be seen is how great an impact they will have.

Most importantly, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee gathered yesterday for its first meeting since January. 405 more words



What equity investors should know about bond investing

  • Bonds are Not Stocks;
  • Ratings, Credit Risk and Political Risk
  • Dividends and Interest;
  • Low Rates Don’t Have to Mean Low Return;
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Mutual Funds – Reading between the lines

Mutual Funds are subject to market risk. Please read the offer document carefully before investing”. The very purpose of this disclaimer is to meet the statutory requirements. 230 more words


Diligence and Forward-Thinking Top Themes of Keynoters at RMA’s Annual Conference in D.C. #RMACONF14

Kicking off RMA’s Annual Risk Management Conference on Sunday, October 26, Spyro Karetsos, Principal and Director of Enterprise Risk Management, Vanguard Group, addressed over 640 attendees with the necessity for a back-to-basics approach in operational risk management. 393 more words