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Secular Shift in Interest Rates?

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

When the cost of money changes, everything changes. Interest rates affect every aspect of the financial universe.

 

At the global level, they impact currency and trade flows between nations. At the national level, they affect the discounted value of future cash flows, the market’s multiple, and the desirability of items such as real estate and debt. And at the micro level, they impact the financing and investment decisions of all individuals and small businesses.

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Productivity Growth: The Missing Link?

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Spend enough time listening to financial news or reading economic reports, and you’re bound to come across the topic of productivity growth. This concept, which can be easy to gloss over, plays a critical role in each one of our lives.

 

That’s because productivity growth is the single most important determinant of a country’s standard of living.

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Key Themes for 2017

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

This year promises to be unlike any other. Yes, I say that every year … but this time change really does seem to be upon us. As we kick off the new year, let’s take a step back and look at the broad themes of last year that are likely to continue into 2017.

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Introduction to Calls and Puts (Part 2)

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Last month we introduced a new series on options. The goal of this series is to provide a basic overview on how options can be used to help protect and manage a portfolio.

 

In the first article we discussed exactly what calls and puts are, and went over some of the vocabulary associated with options. If you missed it, click here to read that article first.

 

Today we’re going to explore calls and puts in more detail, and walk through examples of buying and selling a call option. The goal here is to provide a blueprint of how call and put options work, before we begin to apply them to specific strategies.

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Market Undercurrents

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

The market’s relentless push higher has made it feel as though you can own just about anything (other than bonds and gold) and it will move higher. But beneath the surface of new highs, churning undercurrents are pushing some areas of the market higher, while leaving others behind.

 

Since the election, a particular narrative has taken hold and it has sent investors scrambling to reposition themselves. That narrative includes lower taxes, less regulation, and substantial fiscal stimulus.

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Investing vs. Speculating

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Benjamin Graham, who is sometimes referred to as the “father of value investing,” is a legend in the investment community. Author of “Security Analysis” (1934) and “The Intelligent Investor” (1949), his work has helped shape the entire securities analysis profession.

 

Perhaps best known as Warren Buffett’s mentor (Buffett actually named one of his sons after Graham), Graham conveyed many key insights about investing.

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