Category: Financial Tech

The Fed: lather-rinse-repeat – Commentary on Quantitative Easing – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT042

We’re going to do it…We’re going to do it…We’re not going to do it…Yet. Last week, the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee gave stock markets a gift that, on a scale of thrills, might have been on par with Marilyn Monroe singing happy birthday to JFK. On Wednesday, the FOMC announced (without a trace of… Click for more / Podcast Player>

The Change in American Employment and Pay in State Government – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT041

Confluences are the building blocks of the world’s waterways. When two or more rivers meet, changes in velocity and turbulence tend to result in geologic scouring; erosive activity that may alter the shape of the river and its bed. The action may produce a ‘scour hole’ downstream from the confluence. For a river runner, a… Click for more / Podcast Player>

Post Labor Day Employment Data and the NFL – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT040

Last week was crunch time in the National Football League (NFL). With the 2013 regular season approaching rapidly, NFL teams cut about 700 players from their rosters over the Labor Day weekend.  That was a big cut—about a 40 percent drop in player employment—as rosters were pared from 90 to 53 players.  However, it’s not… Click for more / Podcast Player>

The Next Big Thing in Disruptive Technology – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT039

“So much depends / upon / a red wheel / barrow / glazed with rain / water / beside the white / chickens.” Well, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy is a lot more complex than the simple tools mentioned in the oft-memorized William Carlos Williams’ poem, The Red Wheelbarrow, but an awful lot is… Click for more / Podcast Player>

How Uncertainty Affects the Market and the European Economy – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT038

Robert Burns, father of fourteen and writer of Auld Lang Syne, once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.” Was he ever right! Here are a few sure things: · The Federal Reserve intends to reduce economic stimulus by tapering quantitative easing (QE). · Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke plans to retire.… Click for more / Podcast Player>

European Unemployment and Moderate vs Modest – The Guide Rock Capital Weekly Market Commentary Aug 5 – FT037

You say to-may-to. I say to-mah-to. You have to be a careful reader to keep up with the Federal Reserve these days. Last week, the Fed re-characterized the pace of economic growth in the United States from ‘moderate’ to ‘modest.’ According to Wall Street Journal blog, Real Time Economics, “economic data show that ‘modest’ is… Click for more / Podcast Player>