We’re only into the second month of the U.S. government’s current fiscal year and we’ve already racked up a budget of $179 billion. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Fiscal Service, December 10, 2014.)… Read More
Since July of this year, the U.S. dollar is up about 10% against a basket of other industrialized world currencies. Some say the dollar is up because the Federal Reserve has stopped printing paper money (while other countries are still printing) and because the Fed has said it will raise interest rates in 2015 (while other countries are still lowering their rates).
To me, the dollar has gained against other… Read More
One large-cap that always reports early is Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST). The company’s numbers came in solid.
Costco hit a wall not too long ago and was hard pressed to produce growth. But the company’s latest quarter beat the Street with considerable sales strength in the month of September.
In its most recent quarter, there was considerable growth in the company’s cash position and shareholders’ equity improved significantly.
For the… Read More
With nine months behind us this year, today we look at how two popular forms of investment have done in 2014 and where I think they are headed for the remainder of the year.
Starting with stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed yesterday up 2.8% for the year. Given the risk of the stock market, 2.8% is no big gain. I wrote at the beginning of 2014 that the… Read More
For the U.S. federal government’s fiscal year, which ends this Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts a budget deficit of $506 billion. (Source: Congressional Budget Office web site, September 26, 2014.)
But just because our annual deficit is declining, that doesn’t mean our national debt is rising by an equal amount.
In fact, between September 20, 2013 and September 20, 2014, the U.S. national debt increased by $1.0 trillion…. Read More