“To Be (part of the EU) or Not to Be (part of the EU)… that is the Question!”

“To Be (part of the EU) or Not to Be (part of the EU)… that is the Question!”

Lately, when assessing daily news stories in general, and financial news in particular, it has become difficult to decide which topic has become more tiresome and irritating: The U.S. Federal Reserve and Janet Yellen’s every word[1]; or ‘BREXIT” – the referendum within the United Kingdom on June 23rd that will speak to whether the UK → Read More

A Quick 2% This Time?

A Quick 2% This Time?

I covered this potential trade last year in Is A Healthy Dividend Coming Up In EFA? and updated it in Did You Make A Quick 1.7%? EFA, the iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (ETF), typically pays two dividends a year, but they are not equal. The June dividend is usually two to three times the → Read More

What If You Were Chair Of The Fed?

What If You Were Chair Of The Fed?

In our two previous articles, we have reviewed the history of central banking in the United States — with a special focus directed at the impact upon the Federal Reserve System of the suspension of the “Gold Standard” during the “Great Depression”, and the war debt accumulated because of World War II and the Korean → Read More

From War Bonds To Dots: The Evolving Federal Reserve

From War Bonds To Dots: The Evolving Federal Reserve

In our previous article, we offered an historical summary of how central banking – sometimes reviled and almost always under suspicion – emerged at the birth of the United States (through the leadership of Alexander Hamilton) and then experienced notable ebbs and flows through the following 235 years of U.S. history. Within that long history, → Read More

Who Guards Our Money?

Who Guards Our Money?

In years long gone by, the financial markets were primarily moved by economic factors, including such things as:          1) Corporate Earnings; 2) Federal tax policy (eg. the lowering of capital gains tax on long-term appreciation; a special rate for “Qualified Dividend” income);          3) Announcement of major government contracts;          4) News regarding economic → Read More

The Power behind 93% of U.S. Equity Movement!

The Power behind 93% of U.S. Equity Movement!

In our previous article [https://www.markettamer.com/blog/plato-comments-from-the-grave-on-the-current-stock-market], we offered detailed data and graphs that demonstrated the degree to which the U.S. stock market has depended heavily upon corporate buybacks for a surprisingly high proportion of the “fuel” that has driven it higher. In fact, we even referenced a credible authority that claimed that the recovery in stock → Read More

Insights About A Poor Performing SECTOR

Insights About A Poor Performing SECTOR

It is “Trivia Time” again!  Since July 20th of 2015 through the 18th of February, 2016, which Sector within the S&P 500 Index has posted the poorest performance?  As I (virtually) scan the faces of our many readers, I see facial expressions that suggest that you are thinking: “Everybody knows that!! What do you take → Read More

Tumbleweed at 11 Wall Street?

Tumbleweed at 11 Wall Street?

Wall Street. December 14, 2015. This is how it will likely look for the next two and one half days. And then Fed Chair Janet Yellen will officially kick off the start of rising interest rates. Or will she? Hopefully, with uncertainty relegated to the past, business as usual will return to 11 Wall Street. → Read More

At This Rate…. (Analysis of the Impact of Interest Rates on Stock Prices)

At This Rate…. (Analysis of the Impact of Interest Rates on Stock Prices)

Imagine that you are a modern-day Rip Van Winkle who mysteriously fell asleep back in early 2011, when Bill Gross and various other pundits appearing on business television were forecasting an increase in the U.S. Federal Funds Rate – which had been holding steady at a record-low of 0.25% since December of 2008. (You would → Read More

Sharpe(n) Your Analysis Of IBB, XBI, and FBT

Sharpe(n) Your Analysis Of IBB, XBI, and FBT

When I write about certain topics that are best presented both visually and interactively, I long for a classroom setting within which the learning process can be much richer and enable everyone to integrate relatively complex concepts more effectively.  This article covers such a topic. But let’s try to do our best together despite the → Read More

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