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Author Archives: William Rutherford

Worrisome headlines overshadow strong fundamentals (access required)

Headlines last month were dominated by the White House with various scandals, investigations and withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. With the penchant for this White House to generate distracting news, we can expect there will be more headlines to ...

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Recent statistics underscore economic recovery’s weakness (access required)

The gross domestic product numbers just posted show U.S economic growth at 1.2 percent for the second quarter of 2016, and when added to the numbers for the first quarter, they show anemic 0.9 percent growth for the year to ...

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Brexit supporters might as well cheer at their own funeral

The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union came as a shock to the markets even as it was known that the margin go or remain was razor thin. What began as an experiment after the Second World War has ...

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Markets continue their volatile ways (access required)

In my previous column, I predicted that September and October would be volatile months. In October, the S&P 500 slid to a low of 1,820, temporarily erasing all of this year’s gains. The market volatility index soared 51 percent in ...

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After surging in 2013, markets take a breather

After 2013, when the markets packed three years of returns into one, they stumbled out of the gate in 2014. In January, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 5.3 percent, the S&P was down 3.6 percent and the Nasdaq ...

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With the U.S. economy, it’s always something

“It is hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” That quote has been attributed to a various number of folks: Winston Churchill, Will Rogers, Albert Einstein, Victor Borge and Groucho Marx, among others. “It’s always something,” said Gilda Radner ...

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Commentary: Market slumps amid economic slowdown (access required)

A dramatic slowdown in Europe caused by credit issues there has brought the global economy to stall speed. European unemployment has reached all-time highs during the euro era. Manufacturing in the euro zone has fallen further. The Chinese economy has ...

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Markets’ solid starts bode well for 2012

There is an old saw about the equity markets: As January goes, so goes the year. But like many old saws, there is a basis in fact for this one. Note that the S&P jumped 4.4 percent for the month, ...

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