Field Of Stock Market Dreams

Such has been the premise of policy makers throughout the post financial crisis period. Plant ample and continuous liquidity seeds into the financial system, and watch over time as it grows into abundant low cost capital that is harvested by the market system to fund capital expenditures and economic growth. Increased profitability will subsequently follow, fostering wage gains and renewed economic prosperity. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it. Unfortunately, thinking that something should or even may happen because of certain actions may increase the odds of success, but it does not guarantee it. For the laws of unintended consequences have an uncanny way of intervening to result in an entirely different outcome than originally intended or expected.

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Don’t Believe The Hype

It was not that long ago that Amazon shook the retail world with its acquisition of Whole Foods. The grocery store world was supposedly changing for good with the entry of the online retail giant into the highly competitive bricks-and-mortar grocery business. But with a few months under our belts now since Amazon closed its Whole Foods merger with great media fanfare, it is worthwhile to check in to see how the world has actually changed.

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Today’s Bull Market Will Not Die On Euphoria

Today’s bull market will not die on euphoria. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been more than enough optimism to go around among U.S. stock investors for the last many years now. And this optimism may very well continue for the foreseeable future. But the euphoric blow off top that so many investors believe must take place before this bull market finally dies appears unlikely this time around.

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The Myth Determining Today’s Stock Prices

Do your homework when it comes to investing your hard earned savings. And, when you think your homework is finished, double back and check it. Then, check it again for anything you might have missed. For if you are reliant on the financial media narrative as well as the dialog of the so-called experts that regularly opine across the global airwaves to tell you what you think you need to know, you will run the risk of knowing something is true when it is in fact patently false. Even the policymakers that so many perceive to be both divined and omniscient fall victim to getting the facts wrong. And, nowhere is this more true today than a flawed myth that was once based on an easy common narrative at the time that has since evolved into unquestioned fact. The problem with this particular “fact” is that it has since become a primary driver of policy decision making for the last several years now. And, in the end, a disproportionate focus on this fact that is actually myth runs the risk of further compounding a problem that has been spiraling out of control for several years now.

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Just Ain’t Gonna Happen

Investors have been swept up in the excitement over the prospects of tax reform. Markets are salivating at the prospects of potentially lower corporate tax rates and individuals being left with more cash to be deployed back into the stock market. And while a number of the ideas that have been put forth in the tax reform rollout are certainly tantalizing, the bad news is that simply just ain’t gonna happen by the end of the 2017 calendar year, if ever.

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