Category Archives: markets

2016 Year-end Summary

Last year the economy and the markets performed moderately well. The economy has now weathered two interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve. They see the economy growing moderately with low inflation and steady growth. Inflation is low and slowly … Continue reading

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Quarterly Outlook Summary

Our accounts have been performing very well this year largely due to two of our major holdings, Amazon and Oclaro. While these began as quite modest positions, they have grown sufficiently that they are both quite large in our standard … Continue reading

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Quarterly Outlook Summary

The past quarter (and year) has been fairly brutal to portfolio returns due to high volatility stemming from factors I’ll discuss below. Immediately following the end of September, the market staged a surprising rally that at present appears to have … Continue reading

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Quarterly Outlook Summary

In general terms, the overall economy continues to gradually improve. Labor unemployment and job creation is improving. Although consumer demand is also improving, this is moderated by consumers’ continuing to avoid debt and leverage that got us all into trouble … Continue reading

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2014 Year-end Summary

As discussed recently, the economy has been slowly gathering momentum. It is still far from operating at full capacity. Despite the respectable unemployment numbers, over the last five years millions of workers have left the workforce and are now only … Continue reading

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Quarterly Outlook Summary

The markets recently have been modestly stable considering that the Federal Reserve has nearly ended its economic stimulus programs. One can always argue that given the still relatively weak growth of the economy, this ending of the stimulus is premature. … Continue reading

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