Happy Friday from Crossvault

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on January 6, 2017

in Tribute,United States of America

Best quote I have seen in a long time. From Abraham Lincoln
“The best way to predict the future is to Create It”

Happy Friday from Crossvault

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Consumer Confidence Hits 113.7

by Marilou Long on December 27, 2016 in Economic Indicators

Consumer confidence for December came in at 113.7 versus the estimate of 109.  From the linked article: “Consumer Confidence improved further in December, due solely to increasing Expectations which hit a 13-year high (Dec. 2003, 107.4),” Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a press release. “The post-election surge in […]

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From our Friend at Sandler O’Neill

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on December 12, 2016 in Economic Indicators

A few days ago our good friend and partner at Sandler O’Neill wrote a short piece about the outlook for the economy, and the markets, since the election. I thought the conclusion was profound and have decided to post it on our blog to share with our friends and clients. “And to feed their cohort […]

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GDP Expands at Highest Rate in Two Years

by Marilou Long on November 29, 2016 in Economic Indicators

U.S. GDP expanded at a 3.2% rate in the third quarter, the highest rate in two years.  It was primarily driven by consumer spending.  From the linked WSJ article: Tuesday’s report also showed that gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods and services produced across the economy, expanded at an inflation- and seasonally […]

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Dow Tops 19000 for the First Time

by Marilou Long on November 22, 2016 in Commodities

The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all hit record highs yesterday.  From the linked WSJ article: The Dow Jones Industrial Average breached 19000 for the first time early Tuesday, a day after major U.S. stock indexes hit a series of records. The blue-chip index was recently up 47 points, or 0.3%, at 19004. The S&P […]

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Stanley Druckenmiller on Growth and Regulation

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on November 10, 2016 in equity market

This morning famous long time investor Stanley Druckenmiller told CNBC why he is optimistic about economic growth for the first time in 4 years. × Stan Druckenmiller: I’m optimistic about the future Share this video http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000566971

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Happy Days are Here Again – courtesy of Ed Yardeni

by Marilou Long on November 8, 2016 in equity market

The Morning Brief from Yardeni Research has some interesting insight regarding today’s election. “Happy Days Are Here Again” is a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics). I wonder if the lyricist is related to Fed Chair Janet Yellen? The song was featured in the 1930 film “Chasing Rainbows.” The lyrics are […]

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Mohamed El-Erian on the Election

by Marilou Long on October 26, 2016 in Investment Strategies

I tend to agree with Mr. El-Erian’s thoughts on the market’s reaction to the election in this article from Business Insider.  From the linked article: Garber: How do you think the election will impact markets? El-Erian: The greatest impact would come from the materialization, as unlikely as this currently is, of one of the two tails […]

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The Battle for Mosul

by Marilou Long on October 18, 2016 in Geopolitical

Geopolitical Futures published an interesting article today titled “The Harsh Reality Behind the Battle for Mosul”. From the conclusion of the linked article: The U.S. thought it was building a liberal democracy in Iraq. It helped Iraq draft a constitution, and Iraq even has a functioning Supreme Court. But the U.S. forgot that liberal democracy is not […]

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Haiti and Israel

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on October 11, 2016 in Israel

At this special time of year for the Jewish people, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight how the Jewish State is helping, and has been helping, in Haiti for the past six years. Happy New Year to all of our Jewish friends and clients. Israelis didn’t have far to go in the rush […]

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