Stocks and Bonds

Stocks and Bonds

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Janet Yellen as Brünnhilde.

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WASHINGTON, December 19, 2014 – Not really much to talk about today in the markets. Oh, sure, after a few predictable ups and downs,...

Santa in Chicago. (Photo copyright Douglas Rahden.

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WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – What a difference a day—and a word—can make. Earlier this week, a 10% stock market correction seemed well underway....

Wile E Coyote.

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WASHINGTON, December 16, 2014 – Last week’s stock market horror show, arguably kicked off by Saudi Arabia’s extreme oil aggression game, continued in Monday...

Evil Santa from the film "Rare Exports."

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WASHINGTON, December 15, 2014 – Although it’s a little chilly, it’s a nice day here in Washington, with temperatures up somewhat and with sunshine...

Photo of a waterfowl drowning in oil

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WASHINGTON, December 12, 2014 – Short column today because we’re still in the grips of this week’s same old, same old. In other words,...


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WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014 – Wednesday is a day that will live in infamy, at least for those invested in stocks. As we write...

Flag of the People's Republic of China. (Via Wikipedia)

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WASHINGTON, December 9, 2014 – Just when many of us were expecting at least a benign Tuesday trade, the Chicom central bank—(the People’s Bank...

Flickr photo of Wile E. Coyote art.

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WASHINGTON, December 8, 2014 – After another big drop in the price of Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, any stocks even...

Bill Murray and little buddy waiting and holding day after day. (Columbia Pictures PR still)

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WASHINGTON, December 4, 2014 – Once again, the Maven has little new to report today. December trading thus far has resembled Bill Murray’s endless...

A west Texas oil pumpjack at sunset. (Via Wikipedia)

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WASHINGTON, December 3, 2014 – Just when investors in major oil stocks thought it was safe to come out of their bunkers, the Saudis...