Category Archives: Economic Insight

Bond Misconceptions

Share With the first interest rate hike in more than nine years on the horizon revisiting some common misconceptions about fixed income is warranted.  The below article by Allan S. Roth on Financial-Planning.com tilted “4 Big Myths About Bonds” does a great job reframing how an investor should view bonds and their role in a […]

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Rate Expectations

Share Interest rates around the world are at historic lows. They can only go in one direction from here, right? And aren’t rising interest rates bad for bond investors? The truth might surprise you. Central banks in developed economies have injected extraordinary stimulus into the system since the recession arising from the global financial crisis […]

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Financial News for the Week Ending November 2nd

Share All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC. After hitting record highs during the week markets settled slightly higher on positive economic news.  The S&P 500 gained 0.1% and the Dow was up 0.3%.  Internationally, Japan rose 0.8% and Europe was […]

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Bonds are still a “Safe” Investment

Share Recently financial commentators have described bonds as not a “safe” investment.  However, it’s all relative.  If they mean that it’s not safe from losses, then sure it’s not a safe investment.  Almost any investment that has expectations for a positive return has the potential for loss.  More often than not though bonds have been […]

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Combating Rising Interest Rates

Share Interest rates in the US rose over the month on fears that the Fed would end its bond purchase program earlier than anticipated.  The 10 year Treasury yield rose from 1.70% to 2.16% and the broad bond market fell 1.78%.  As interest rates rise bond prices fall and thus large increases in interest rates […]

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Financial News 9/16/12 – 9/22/12

Share Economy -The average price of gas is up to $3.85 almost 50 cents higher than it was in early July.  9/17 -Japan’s central bank announced moves to ease monetary policy following similar moves from other central banks.  The Bank of Japan increased its asset purchase program to $1.01 trillion and extended it 6 months.  […]

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Still No Resolution on the Debt Ceiling

Share A month and a half has passed since the U.S. hit the debt ceiling in May and an agreement still has not be reached to raise it. There is an obvious concern over what would happen if a debt ceiling increase deal is not completed by August, and the reverberating impact it would have […]

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How Do Deficits and Debt Interact With Equity Markets?

Share With government spending at record levels worldwide many political leaders, economists and analysts are cautioning that global markets and economies could be hamstrung by the rising tide of government debt. Many investors are now concerned as they believe a government’s fiscal policy is closely tied to the country’s economic performance and market growth. The […]

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Rates Can Only Go Higher

Share Weston J. Wellington, Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors It seemed so obvious. With the economy slowly recovering last year from the worst recession in decades and the federal government seeking to tap the credit markets for over $2 trillion to fund an ambitious spending program, both laymen and experts alike seemed to agree that […]

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The Lost Decade?

Share As January 1st passes, there have been stories all over the financial press about the “Lost Decade” for US Equities.  These headlines are certainly eye-catching and feed on investor’s recent memories of 2008 where the S&P 500 lost -37% in 12 months, and another -11% through the first quarter.  These articles are spot on […]

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