Much is being made over what ails the economy and it often comes back to the consumer(s) still reluctant to spend. This is certainly a theory that gained credibility when Americans put their gas savings inside empty coffee cans.
Even the biggest number-crunchers, the fundamental analysts on Wall Street, peek at the charts when the sledding gets tough, and its been very tough lately.
Its a different type of March Madness, and very few people are cheering.
There's a new movement afoot to ditch 401K retirement plans and replace it with a government run- supervised program. The rationale is that the average fund has only $18,000 and it's been a bust.
Existing Home Sales came in slightly below forecast in part to the ongoing supply issue. As a result, median home prices climbed 7.5% from last February to $202,600.
In 1754, Benjamin Franklin took a British symbol for its holdings in the new world to promote the idea of unity among the colonies. More recently, I've seen that same symbol used to suggest unity among conservatives.
The final legal hurdle was cleared earlier this week when U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones rejected claims of discrimination by the restaurant franchise industry. The judge says there is no proof that a higher minimum wage will hurt the business of franchisees.
There's already talk of another bailout for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Redistribution remains the dream. By any means necessary, it takes cash from those who have it, to give to those without who continue to be unemployed.
Monday's rally, while impressive, was odd and problematic. It was led higher by the healthcare and utilities sectors, which set a cautionary tone and points to the anxiety that's anchored the rally.
We've spent a lot of time whining about the strong dollar's impact on the stock market, but the other side of the equation is the positive impact for American consumers and travelers.
For the past several months, corporations buying back their own stock has become the reason for great confidence, but also a greater reason for scrutiny.
The 332-point drubbing of the Dow was orderly and, save for a couple of half-hearted rebound attempts, it was selling triggering even more selling.
It is clear that job growth has soared in right-to-work states. It is the only way to bring in large manufacturers. In the end, it is really about the "right" of a worker not to be forced into a union.
To the knee-jerk narrative that the Fed would hike rates as America became official after posting 295,000 jobs in February, I say hold your horses.
Past recoveries were haunted for a lack of job growth, but this recovery will go done in history as the wage-less recovery and it presents a bunch of conundrums for the stock market and frustration for the rest of America.
Men continue to be shut out of the job market, even as construction has only trailed hospitality over the last two years in terms of the rate of growth.
These days, many are writing off America for multiple reasons, but all are agreeing that the best days are behind us.
Americans love their small businesses for so many reasons, including the fact that more Americans work for them than the large behemoths. Although we see positivity in small businesses, we see negativity in banks and on Wall Street.
For a long time, investors were told that the announcement of the end of Quantitative Easing (QE) would trigger a collapse in stocks... Of course, this never happened.