Perspectives

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017
What is it about years that end in seven? Thirty years ago, in October 1987, the stock market as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged over 20 percent in a day. Ten years ago, the market hit what was then a peak before declining 35 percent over the next twelve months. Two major...
Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017
Who knew hurricanes came in threes? After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey last week, at this writing, we await the landing of Hurricane Irma sometime this weekend. Hurricane Jose is waiting the wings, to come next week. Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no conservatives when...
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017
After last week’s ignoble (for those who wanted it) defeat of the effort to restrict and reduce the cost of health care in the US, the president is currently calling for yet another vote on the topic. More rational members of his team feel that coming back to the matter so soon after the 49-51 vote...
Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Demographically, we are dealing with several trends. One is the impact of fewer immigrants available to employ. Another is fewer people entering the workforce, relative to those who conventionally retire.  Because of these two trends, the future of work resides with those who will work over the age...
Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Much was made last weekend of the milestone of the first one hundred days of the Trump administration. Supporters found inspiration, critics found fault—this was the same thing voters were doing a hundred days ago. What has changed is the perception of what will emerge from this administration. The...
Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017
Investors are constantly looking for the equivalent of the philosopher’s stone. In the middle ages, such a stone was reputed to turn base metals (like lead) into gold. While many a chemist died from the fumes created from such experiments, no one thought to ask the question: if anyone had been...