Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • July 31, 2013 - Great Domestic ProblemClick to enlarge

    US GDP rose a paltry 1.7% annual rate during the second quarter.  Slow growth has become the great domestic problem, particularly as treasury interest rates rise to absorb increasing share of the federal fisc. (BEA)

    (Image TD Ameritrade)



  • July 30, 2013 - Barclays Rights IssueClick to enlarge

    Barclays Capital plans to raise capital through rights issue that could dilute shares that already appear to have topped. (WSJ) (Chart from Bloomberg.com)



  • July 29, 2013 - Surprising Obama Care Critic

    Howard Dean, former DNC Chair, is a surprising critic of Obama Care's Independent Payment Advisory Board (WSJ).



  • July 25, 2013 - The Boy Who Cried Jobs.Click to enlarge

    Routine presidential "pivot to the economy" speeches sound like Aesop's Fable.  (WSJ)

    If Obama wanted to create jobs, he'd get out of the way.  Employment figures still look miserable as the chart shows.  (Source Telemet)



  • July 24, 2013 - Obama Speaks to Economy

    Obama delivered a speech indicating that he'd change focus on the economy.  Markets shrugged at his remarks.
    (Obama Turns Focus to Economy)
    (How Many Times has Obama Pivoted to Economy?)



  • July 23, 2013 - One Huge L of a Difference

    "There are basically two ways to live & work — one is “A-LONE” and the other is “ALL-ONE” –  but one huge ‘L of a difference.  The extra “L” is L-OVE — of why you do what you do and who you do it with in work & life."

    --John Rue, Built to Lead



  • July 22, 2013 - How Do You Define Being Wealthy?

    A survey of 1260 investors by Spectrem's Millionaire Corner found that most Americans equate financial security with being wealthy. (Rich In America)



  • July 05, 2013 - Stock Fireworks

    US stocks rose 1% during the one day between Independence Day and the weekend ahead.



  • July 04, 2013 - Independence Day

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  • July 03, 2013 - 80-Somethings to the Rescue.

    Forecasts for demographic trends favor the U.S. among its global peers.  Could the aging population actually boost economic growth? (The Economist)