Debt Ceiling

The debt ceiling was constructed to prevent the government from spending more than its set limits. If the debt ceiling was strictly enforced, once a limit is hit, spending would need to be cut to prevent the budget from going over the limit. The problem with the debt ceiling is that whenever the government appears to hit its limit, the politicians from both parties agree to increase the debt ceiling. So in effect, the current government essentially runs with no “hard” debt ceiling.

Why Stocks Likely to Head Higher into the New Year

By Monday, December 2, 2013

retail sectorToday is Cyber Monday, when consumers will flock online and spend over a billion dollars. In 2012, $1.47 billion in sales occurred on this day and the expectations are that the number could swell to $1.68 billion today. (Dengler, P., “Cyber Monday Predictions For 2013,” Business2Community.com, October 28, 2013.) We will also f… Read More

Nomura Calls for 50% Correction in Global Stock Markets

By Friday, November 8, 2013

Nomura Calls for 50% Correction in Global Stock MarketsI’m getting increasingly nervous about the current stock market and its vulnerability to the downside. We have a fragile economic renewal, weak corporate revenue growth, muted jobs growth, a housing market that’s stalling, an upcoming leadership transition at the Federal Reserve, and the government still needs to hammer ou… Read More

U.S. Credit Rating Downgraded to Same Level as Brazil?

By Thursday, October 17, 2013

171013_PC_lombardiThe U.S. government, after winning World War II for the Allies, was very convincing. It told central banks around the world that they should hold the U.S. dollar as their reserve currency instead of gold, based on the idea the U.S. dollar would be backed by gold. Only limited amounts of U.S. dollars could be printed, because the currenc… Read More

Has the Stock Market Gone Mad?

By Monday, October 14, 2013

Has the Stock Market Gone MadThe stock market…a place where rationality has been thrown out the door in favor of trading for immediate profits…profits based on what the government and Federal Reserve are planning to do next. It’s no longer a place for average investors to make money, as the fundamentals that drive key stock indices higher don’t really m… Read More

My Bet: New Fed Chief Loves Printing Presses More Than the Last Guy

By Friday, October 11, 2013

corporate earningsCompanies in key stock indices have started to report their corporate earnings for the third quarter of this year. Not surprising, they are weak and show signs of stress.

According to FactSet, up until October 4, 90 companies in key stock indices like the S&P 500 issued negative guidance about their third-quarter corporate earn… Read More