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The New Normal

The New Normal was a term to describe the financial conditions after The Great Recession of 2008-2009 by Mohamed El-Erian, currently the chief economic advisor at Allianz. The concept of the New Normal is that the economy would remain sluggish


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The Last Mortgage Refinance

  I know it’s not breaking news that mortgage rates are low. They are very low in fact.  At the last Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) meeting in September they elected to keep the Federal Funds Rate unchanged.  The FOMC


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All Eyes Are on The Fed

    The Federal Reserve Board (“Fed”) met in mid-September 2016 and again, decided to leave interest rates unchanged.  The last time they have raised interest rates was in December, 2015.    They raised the target federal funds rate to a


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The Fed Has “Liftoff”

The Federal Reserve Board (“Fed”) raised the Federal Funds Target Rate by .25% at their December meeting.  This rate is the amount banks charge each other for overnight loans. This was no surprise. Fed Chair Janet Yellen clearly indicated rates


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October Proves a Banner Month for Equity Markets

After a tumultuous summer, the markets seemed to downplay worries in October about China’s economic slowdown and uncertainty over the Federal Reserve timing for raising short-term interest rates. In fact, it was a banner month for the major equity indices


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Market Volatility Spikes Amid Global Economic Concerns

Equity markets suffered their worst week since 2011 for the week ending August 21, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1,000 points and the S&P 500 down 5.7%. Put into the context of the bull market of the


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Average Joe’s

The movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story came out in 2004.  It’s a story about gym owner Peter Lafleur (Vince Vaughn) trying to save his gym.  The gym is very behind on its bank loan and Peter is concerned it


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