Category: Financial Tech Podcast

Fears of a China Bubble and Federal Reserve Tapering – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT053

Was it a stutter step or have markets lost their balance? Anybody who knows football can tell you a lot goes into every play. Strategy, practice, game review, and preparation all affect outcomes, as do decisions and execution during games. Many, many factors influence gains and losses on the field. Similarly, numerous issues affect the performance of stock and bond markets – a fact that became abundantly clear when pundits tried to explain last week’s market downturn. Here are a few of the things which may have helped put investors on the defensive last week: · Fears of a China

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Strong Domestic Demand in China Drives Imports to Record Highs – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT052

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) appears to have taken the words of American industrialist Henry Ford to heart. Ford said, “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.” Last week, we learned from CNBC China’s annual trade was more than $4 trillion in 2013. That pushed the PRC ahead of the United States and gave it standing as the world’s biggest trader. According to The New York Times, China’s annual trade surplus, in U.S. dollar terms, was the largest since

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Is Topping 3% a Bad Thing? – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT051

Like the mother of a bride reviewing flower arrangements and fretting that a brilliantly sunny day could be marred by dark clouds hidden just beyond the horizon, pundits have been parsing the exceptional year-to-date performance of U.S. stock markets and fussing over the future. It’s true. U.S. stock markets look like they may be headed toward a fizzy champagne finish even after retreating a bit last Friday. Through Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Index had closed at record highs 50 times this year and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index wasn’t far behind with 44 record high closes, according to

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Things You Wish You Never Would Have Said – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT050

You really need to take predictions with a grain of salt. Consider these esteemed opinions.  “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, Chairman, IBM, 1943.  “Who wants to hear actors talk?” H. M. Warner, Founder, Warner Brothers, 1927. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899. Listen Mobile: Send your questions or comments to Andrew_Hunt@GuideRockCapital.com It’s an important to remember the fallibility of experts as we head toward a new year and pundits begin pontificating about the events of the past and predicting what may be

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Taking a Stroll Down Memory Lane – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT049

Send your questions or comments to Andrew_Hunt@GuideRockCapital.com If every piece of positive news was a petal, then you might say the American economy was in bloom last week. Moving into the holiday season, consumer confidence was at a five-month high. Early in the week, manufacturing showed improvement. On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department unfurled the news the American economy grew faster than expected during the third quarter of 2013. The next day, it was reported the unemployment rate was at the lowest level since 2008. Hourly earnings increased, as did the length of the work week. Participation in the work

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Black Friday Retail Shopping Bravado and Adventure – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT048

Send your questions or comments to Andrew_Hunt@GuideRockCapital.com In 2006, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was ‘You.’ The magazine declared that 2006 was about: “…Community and collaboration on a scale never seen before… It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.” Listen Mobile: Last week, J.P. Morgan named EVERYONE the winner of the “Most Promotional Retailer Award.” While communities across America are very interested in Black Friday sales, these events are less about empowerment and more

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