How The S&P 500 Fared During The Last Shutdown Talks?

The last U.S. government shutdown happened in October 2013. Then the federal government shutdown lasted for sixteen days from October 1st to October 17th. Here is the time line for it. The U.S. House of Representative was controlled by Republicans, the Senate by Democrats and Obama was president. The point of contention was Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the…

Happenings Around The Net – April 9, 2015

Piketty Says EU Politics Risks Driving Greece Out of Euro – Germany and France aren’t just mistreating Greece, “they’re mistreating themselves,” Piketty said. “We need more political integration, more democratic institutions. You can’t just do it with summits of finance ministers.” Fed Officials Divided Over June Liftoff, FOMC Minutes Show – “They are data dependent, and the…

The Weekend Reading List – April 4, 2015

Here is some reading material for your weekend pleasure. Some are related to the market, some to economics, some to geo-politics and some are for fun. Hope you will find these interesting and useful. Symmetric Scots – This theory mainly focuses on the problem of responding to asymmetric shocks — a slump in Spain while…

For Your TGIF Procrastinations – April 3, 2015

Here is what I read on Thursday and early Good Friday. Hope you will find these interesting and useful. Some are market related, some relate to geo-politics and some are for fun. Central Bank Solvency and Inflation – When the Fed buys long-term Treasuries by issuing interest-bearing reserves, it effectively retires this long-term debt, at least…

For Your Tuesday Morning Ruminations – March 31, 2015

Here is what I read on late on Monday and early Tuesday morning. Some are related to markets, some to geo-politics and some are for fun. Hope you will find these interesting. How DIY Bond Traders Displaced Wall Street’s Hot Shots – “The liquidity is provided by the clients, not the dealers,” said MacQueen, a 34-year bond-market…

For Your TGIF Procrastinations, March 27, 2015

Europe is suddenly booming — this is why – The eurozone has had an infamously weak recovery, and two recessions, since 2008, all amid the chaos of whether Greece would exit (and take other countries in southern Europe with it). But there are a few main factors that help explain why there’s a recovery underway now. Bernanke…

Mull These Over On Weekend – March 21, 2015

Here are some reading materials for your weekend information gathering. As usual, some are market related, some concern the geo-politics and some are for fun. Some are short, some long. Some are agreeable and some not but all are informative. 9 ETFs That Screen for Dividend Growth – So how should you choose an ETF? Here are returns, expense…

For Your TGIF Procrastinations – March 20, 2015

Here is what is happening around the net. Some of these articles are related to the market, some to geo-politics and some to general stuff. Hope you will find these useful and informative. EU Leaders Dampen Greek Hopes For Bailout Relief – Tsipras, brushing aside the criticism, insisted his government will end austerity and increase social spending.…