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Sometimes You Should Retreat Before Pressing On

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Bookmark and Share

Before modern military tactics were developed, it was common for the General to move to an elevated position to observe the battle. Typically, soldiers fighting face-to-face with their enemy were so focused on survival that they lacked perspective on whether they were winning or losing until the battle was over. The General’s view, however, prompted adjustments to increase the likelihood of victory.  


What Does The Taper Mean?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Bookmark and Share

In December 2013, The Federal Reserve Board finally announced its plans to scale back (taper, in Wall Street Speak) its QE3 stimulus program. Flashback: Last Fall, when the Fed mentioned starting the taper, global stock markets and bond investors panicked and sent the markets reeling. Now, the Fed says that instead of buying $85 billion in Treasuries and mortgage bonds per month, it will only buy $75 billion, and more cuts will come as the economy continues its recovery and the jobless rate falls. This time following the taper announcement markets went up, and investors cheered. In fact, Japan's Nikkei index reached its six-year high, European markets soared, and U.S. stocks finished the day at new record prices. Does any of this make sense to you? 


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