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Friday, October 16, 2020

Inflation Protection What can you do to protect yourself from the price of things going up? As a follow up to our last blog post, we want to give some thought to the topic of inflation protection. Let’s first say we are not...

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

There is a grand debate brewing between economists about the future economic environment centered around the belief that the economy will be mostly deflationary versus, on the opposite side, those who are counting on and preparing for...

 

Friday, August 21, 2020

EverVest blog 08/15/20 Not All Government Spending is Equal As the US Congress hashes out what to do about further Coronavirus stimulus, it might be a good thing for us to think about what government spending really looks like. Most of...

 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Last week’s historically awful GDP number was shocking, down 32.9%. But when we get into the details of the component parts of that negative print, what we really see is how much the economy has changed over the last 40 years or...

 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The World Bank lays out a rather stark prediction in its June 2020 Global Growth Prospects report. But before we dive in to that, let’s first consider how unusual it is to have a synchronized global economy like we do right now....

 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

I have never taken one of those stress tests where they connect you to some kind of a device and make you run on a treadmill… sounds stressful! Thankfully, my doctor hasn’t said I needed to do one. But, our banking system...

 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The bond market may not be the most interesting thing to study in economics, but it has an outsize effect on just about everything that has to do with money. Since the pandemic hit earlier this year, interest rates across the board...

 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Over my entire life we have always had a family dog. Every kind of breed formed part of our pack from little fuzzy yappers to big furry quiet types; hairless, hyper and all kinds of temperaments. So what do dogs have to do with what we...

 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome “Jay” Powell made some interesting remarks in a 60 Minutes interview last Sunday, including promises of further support for the economy from the Fed. But he was also blunt about his reading of...

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

As a small business owner and economics nerd, I always like to check in with the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index reported each month by the National Federation of Independent Business. It’s a monthly survey that asks almost...

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Pop quiz!! What went up 424% since last year? How about a rise of 647%? What showed that kind of an increase since a year ago? The answer is not housing prices. So, do you think the average house price went up or down in the last...

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The news this morning sounds alarming; GM has suspended its dividend. And according to today’s Wall Street Journal, GM is not alone. So far this year, more companies have suspended or canceled their dividends than in the previous...

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Oil closed at negative $37.63 per barrel; that’s minus -$37.63. It was a historic, never-seen-before moment. In the world of futures and commodities trading, it is hard to get your head around the mechanics, but it’s the...

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It is almost certain we are in a recession at this point. Many analysts believed the possibility of going into recession in 2020 was fairly high at the beginning of the year, but nobody expected an almost total shutdown of the world...

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Warren Buffett has so many great quotes about investing. I am reminded of this one today: “Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, reach...