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.





  • November 30, 2012 - Consumer spending falls 0.2%

    US consumers tightened their wallets a bit in October according to the latest statistics available from the Commerce Dept. (WSJ)



  • November 29, 2012 - Fiscal Cliff Cometh

    Hawk100 shares this useful video to explain the fiscal cliff in layman terms. (Forefield)



  • November 28, 2012 - Fed Buying Bonds

    US Fed is likely to buy bonds throughout 2013 in order to keep rates near zero. Fed governors have also recently hinted at using monetary policy to target employment levels. This would mark an important distrinction from current Fed policy. (WSJ)



  • November 27, 2012 - Cyber Monday Sales in Cyber Space

    Online retailers reported robust sales results for Cyber Monday.  Sales rose 30% from a year ago. (WSJ)



  • November 26, 2012 - Informative Resource

    Hawk100 recently learned of www.capitalinsights.info an informative site produced by global accounting and professional service firm, Ernst & Young.



  • November 24, 2012 - Today's Study

    Ethical Practice Standards for Today's Producers discusses professional ethics in the insurance industry.  This useful refresher augments the CFA Institute and AICPA ethical standards for Hawk1003..



  • November 24, 2012 - Zero Growth

    GMO's iconoclastic Jeremy Grantham laheady prediction for zero growth.  (Morningstar)



  • November 22, 2012 - Happy Thanksgiving from Hawk100!

    Your Hawk100 wealth advisor wishes you and your family a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.



  • November 21, 2012 - HP's standards of due diligence.

    Saying that it was "duped" into acquiring Autonomy for $11.1 billion just a year ago, HP took an $8.8 billion write off this quarter.  Looks like HP needs to refresh its due diligence process in the M&A department. (WSJ)



  • November 20, 2012 - Ciao, Mr. Otellini

    The CEO of Intel since 2005, Paul Otellini, surprised its board and shareholders by announcing his retirement in May. (WSJ)



  • November 19, 2012 - Business Investment Cliff Dive

    In a prelude to the so-called fiscal cliff, US companies cut investment and the trend points lower.  (WSJ)



  • November 16, 2012 - EU short-term thinking

    The EU economy slowed again in the third quarter adding fuel to the fire of discontent with government policies which called for austerity to bring behemouth fiscal balances under controll.



  • November 15, 2012 - Would the Politburo please step forward

    China made few surprises when it made known who would comprise the trimmed down Communist Party leadership. (WSJ)



  • November 14, 2012 - The Sandy Excuse

    When fourth quarter earnings results trickle in during January, look out for Companies to hide bad operating results under the veil of "It was Sandy's fault." (WSJ)



  • November 13, 2012 - Seeking a Durable Car

    At an average 7.1 years, Americans drive Volvos longer than any other vehicle brand before trading them in.  Here are the top 7 (WSJ):

    Volvo 7.1 years
    Jaguar 7.0
    Mitsubihi 6.9
    Buick 6.9
    Lincoln 6.8
    Infinity 6.1 and
    Ford 6.0.



  • November 12, 2012 - US Stocks Offer Value

    CFA Society of Chicago colleague, Heather Brilliant, explains that US stocks seem to offer better value than international stocks. (Morningstar)



  • November 09, 2012 - Choice Election Results

    President Obama and Governor Romney made this a choice election between two paths forward.  America chose the path laid by Obama ... sugar drop lanes lined with candy cane trees and soda pop streams, all paid for with marshmallow money.



  • November 08, 2012 - Elections Impact Advisors

    Election results did not change the balance of power in Washington, but they did affect advisors and their clients.  (Advisor One)



  • November 08, 2012 - Bearish on Obama

    62% of US investment professionals tell survey that election results will have negative impact on US economic recovery. (CFA Institute)



  • November 07, 2012 - Fiscal Cliff Scenarios

    Joyce Hanson of Advisor One discusses four potential scenarios of what may happen as the fiscal cliff approaches. (Advisor One)



  • November 06, 2012 - Election Day

    From the heart of the Presidential battleground, Hawk100 encourages you to exercise your right to vote. (Ohio Secretary of State)



  • November 05, 2012 - Calibrating Retirement Income

    Morningstar offers this helpful video interview to help you calibrate your retirement income needs. (Morningstar)



  • November 02, 2012 - Unemployment Ticks Up

    The Dept of Labor reported 171,000 new jobs in October, but unemployment ticked up as more people entered the workforce than were hired.



  • November 01, 2012 - Your Personal Debt

    A group called Ending Spending has figured the personal effect on US citizens for the growing debt the Federal government racks up. (WSJ)  Their home page estimates each American owes over $147,000. (EndingSpending)