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Mind Games: The Negativity Gap

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Macroeconomic data shows a remarkably healthy US economy—but survey says the average American isn't feeling it. So why the disconnect?…

From the Desk: Will the Santa Claus Rally Continue?

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At the time of this post, the S&P 500 is up 3.85% this month alone. The Cleveland Browns are 2-1 over the same period. Clearly, the Santa Claus rally is benefiting both investors and Browns fans alike. The question is, will it continue?…

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When Bulls Win—And Other Tales of Monopoly

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Just seven tech stocks drove 70% of the S&P 500’s gains in the first two quarters of this year. Now, the US Dept of Justice is fighting a landmark case against one of those seven. What might this portend for Google, other big-tech players, the market, and you?…

From the Desk of Joe: A Fourth Quarter Gameplan

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I'm a lifelong, diehard fan of the Cleveland Browns. I'm also a five-year fan of Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Given Sunday's Browns game and their debacle of the fourth quarter, I can't help but consider some similarities between these two relationships.…

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The AI Cooperative

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The possibilities for artificial intelligence in the financial sector are thrilling—and concerning. What can history teach us about the dangers of letting the latest tech innovations loose on the stock market?…

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The Economy of Indulgence

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Drastic measures taken during the 2008 financial crisis were largely successful—but we’re still grappling with unforeseen repercussions. How did we get here? And how do we protect ourselves as investors?…

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A Day in the Life at the Fed

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Inflation and recession might qualify as incendiary language when abused by ratings-hungry media bigmouths. Join us for a fictional day in the life at the Fed and find reason to push fear aside and take a colorful ride.…

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Is It a Wonderful Life?

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As investors, maintaining perspective can be tough when life hits us with a daily poop emoji. With a bit of consideration, these three topics can help turn our internal frown upside-down: Trust, relativity and tolerance—in brief.…

Was the Plan To Get Punched in the Mouth?

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April's Consumer Price Index (CPI) 12-month projection of 8.3% is a step in the right direction, but we continue to see the highest rates in nearly 40 years. Is this just post-pandemic fallout, or are there other forces at work here?…

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Nixon, Crypto and the Goblins of Newness

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In practice, does Bitcoin portend economic freedom or anarchy? Is it a viable currency? And what is its present investment potential? Let’s take a stab at the latter two questions. Though it might be helpful to first talk about currency itself.…

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War—What is it Good For?

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The U.S. market is indelibly tied to the country's involvement in global affairs—so as things threaten to boil over in Ukraine, should we prepare our wallets for the worst?…

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I Like My Market Corrections Sunny Side Up. You?

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Is an impending market correction the interstellar monster we might imagine it to be? It all depends on how you serve it. Order up!…