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Market Melt-Up: Caution – Sentiment in Nosebleed Territory

Since my last column, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) did indeed hit 20,000 and has since gone well beyond.  Most of the post-election run-up initially appeared to have occurred in the November 8th to December 20th period when the index went from 18,333 to 19,975, a rise of 1,642 points (7.9%).  Over the next 44 days, until February 2, the DJIA was flat, actually losing 116 points.  But since …Read More

How the economy really works

The latest economic controversy is something called corporate “inversions.” They occur when a U.S. domiciled corporation buys or merges with a foreign entity and moves their official headquarters out of the U.S. The media has painted this as almost criminal and the Obama Administration as “unpatriotic.” Most who get their news from sound bites believe that those corporations who plan to or have already accomplished inversion pay no U.S. taxes. …Read More