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May 2013

Learning to live with uncertainty’s economics

Everyone lives with uncertainty. We don’t know the future, but there are times when uncertainty is more prevalent —during natural disasters or in a combat zone, for example. And during such times, one tends to avoid what would be a normal routine. The same is true when there is uncertainty about the economy and economic policy. Spending patterns tend to change in these environments. Consider what happened to corporate cash …Read More

Volatility, gold on Wall Street

There are two truths all investors need to remember about Wall Street. No. 1: Whenever Wall Street is involved, markets become volatile, even unstable. Many examples exist including the meltdowns of 2001 and ’09. Last year, we had the “flash crash” and the issues surrounding Facebook’s IPO. The week of April 15 produced both the three-minute AP/Twitter meltdown (the “Tweet Retreat”), and the dramatic fall in the price of gold. …Read More