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Author Archives: Dr. Brian Jacobsen, CFA, CFP®
The European Central Bank’s (ECB) first tender of its targeted long-term refinancing operation (TLTRO) was a bit below forecast. In June, the ECB announced that it was going to provide cheap funding to banks that expand lending to the non-housing … Continue reading
Thanks to a great marketing campaign, with billboards that say, “500 miles to Wall Drug,” a small mall in South Dakota is a major tourist attraction. It’s fun to go there, but I don’t know if it’s worth the drive, … Continue reading
Waves were made with the release of the August industrial production and retail sales numbers out of China. Year over year, industrial production increased 6.9% and retail sales increased 11.9%. Those seem like great numbers, and they really are. The … Continue reading
Retail and food services sales increased a relatively healthy 0.6% in August. Compared with August 2013, retail sales increased 5.0%. The biggest increases were in the automotive and health care store sales, increasing 9.5% and 8.1%, respectively. Online retail continues … Continue reading
Despite a history of better returns compared with small- and large-cap stocks, mid-cap stocks are often overlooked. That could mean missed opportunity for investors, explains Bryant VanCronkhite, CFA, CPA, portfolio manager at Wells Capital Management, in this excerpt of On … Continue reading
Nonfarm payrolls increased 142,000 in August, according to the Labor Department, while the unemployment rate—the product of a separate survey—ticked down from 6.2% to 6.1%. Numbers for June and July were revised to a net decrease of 28,000 from the … Continue reading
The Federal Reserve (Fed), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency all voted to approve the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) rule. The LCR requires banks to hold enough high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) to … Continue reading
The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its main refinancing rate (its version of the U.S.’s federal funds rate) 10 basis points (bps; 100 bps equals 1.00%) to 0.05%. It also cut its interest rate on the deposit facility (its version … Continue reading
Investors who overlook mid-cap stocks in their portfolios could be missing significant opportunity. Here to explain is Bryant VanCronkhite, CFA®, CPA, portfolio manager with the Wells Capital Management Special Global Equity team.
While many investors focus on the Consumer Price Index as a gauge of inflation, the Federal Reserve (Fed) prefers the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index, and the PCE index has once again stayed below the Fed’s 2.0% target. PCE decreased … Continue reading