Personal Finance

Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A welder fabricates a steel structure at an iron works facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 5, 2018. President Donald Trump insisted Monday that he's "not backing down" on his plan to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Trump said that Canada and Mexico would not get any...
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018
Last week we looked at how inflation is measured. This week, we discuss why it is so important to remain vigilant to the threat it poses if left unchecked. We previously defined inflation as the rate at which the general level of prices in the economy rises over time, or the rate of decline in the...
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
This allows us to compare real (ex-inflation) economic activity across time periods by filtering out the distortion of inflation. Next week: why inflation matters and tools to manage it. Christopher A. Hopkins, CFA, is a vice president and portfolio manager for Barnett & Co. Investment Advisors...
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Personal Finance: Recent market decline points to a new culprit ... What may be different this time is the growing role of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) in amplifying daily price swings during periods of stress. ... Christopher A. Hopkins, CFA, is a vice president and portfolio manager for Barnett...
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018
Readers of a certain vintage may recall cooling their heels in long lines at the filling station, queued up to receive the meager produce of American refineries during the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and the energy crisis of 1979. U.S. oil production was declining rapidly just as major foreign...
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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Good times. Since those difficult days, the steady decline in interest rates has been relentless. The reasons are many, but the staggering reduction in the cost of capital conspired with the coming of age of the baby boomers to fuel the greatest economic expansion in history. Then came the...
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