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The Dow Theory is more than 100 years old.


In 1897, Charles H. Dow, founder of the Dow Jones News Service and The Wall Street Journal, devised the Dow Jones Industrial and Rail Averages. Dow was the first editor of The Wall Street Journal, and besides having access to large amounts of financial information, he possessed a keen and analytical mind.



Welcome To The Chaos Mr. Powell!

By Chuck Butler


Since we last met, the new Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, was sworn in, and takes over from Janet Yellen, who I would bet a dollar to a Krispy Kreme that she’s darn happy to get out of Dodge, before the gun slinging begins!


I saw this graph of the history of interest rates in the U.S. going back to the 1950’s and thought you might like to see it…



Daily Recap

Stocks started off lower in the US despite healthy gains overseas.  The Asia Dow was up 0.80% and the STOXX 600 gained 1.07%.  In the Americas, the volatile Brazilian market jumped 3.48%.

A strong inflation report for January sent US shares lower until investors decided NO - they didn’t mind a strong economy after all!  Bonds tanked, as yields rose to new highs for the year, but stocks rallied strongly.  The 10-year note’s yield vaulted up to 2.896%.


Markets Know Best

by Jon S. Strebler


One of the most common misconceptions among the public is that the stock market follows along with the economy. But instead, the market normally leads the economy, meaning that it moves either up or down before the economy does. Historically, we know that stocks have led the economy by some 6-18 months; thus, if the stock market started moving consistently higher, we could expect the economy to start really improving a year or so later. There is some question about how that lead time (6-18 months) may have lessened in this age of rapid communication and information processing, but most agree that the leading relationship still exists. 




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