A Time to Buy?

A reader recently noted that stocks generally have now fallen some 25 percent from their highs late last year.  He wants to know if this is “a good time to buy.” Before answering, I want to commend this reader.  He has a reasonable and historically verifiable confidence that the market will recover.  Many people, after a steep price … Continue reading A Time to Buy?

China’s Baby Shortage and What It Means for You

China’s huge population  — 1.4 billion-plus –– often adds to American fears of Beijing’s military and economic potential.  Yes, China has a lot of people, but they’re aging fast and there is already a clear shortage of younger workers.  The country’s working-age population is set to fall in coming years, and, critically, it will face the economic burden … Continue reading China’s Baby Shortage and What It Means for You

The Last Great Inflation and What It Says About the Present One

With inflation now firmly in the headlines (and in our lives), a look back at the last experience with this menace may offer needed perspective.  Of course, history never repeats exactly, and there is no claim here that it will.  Nonetheless, a look back will provide ammunition to counter much of the nonsense appearing in the media … Continue reading The Last Great Inflation and What It Says About the Present One

What Drives This Market Rally?

People are worried.  Society seems to have degenerated into partisan bickering and, too frequently, violence.  Democrats and Republicans seem more set on thwarting each other than serving the nation.  Inflation seems to have gotten away from the Federal Reserve (Fed).  Supply chains are failing.  And yet, despite this dispiriting picture, stocks continue to rise.  Is it that market participants are unaware … Continue reading What Drives This Market Rally?

The Trouble with China’s Evergrande

Beijing has taken preliminary steps to deal with the failure of Evergrande, China’s second largest property developer.  This is not the end of the story, however, not by a long shot.  The picture too closely resembles the beginnings of America’s 2008-09 financial crisis to ignore, though thankfully it is occurring on a smaller scale.  Before it is resolved, … Continue reading The Trouble with China’s Evergrande