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Is the Market Overvalued? Interesting Thoughts from Fortune’s John Cassidy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I found this tidbit from John Cassidy’s latest column in Fortune to be interesting: “A couple of months ago I mentioned the cyclically adjusted price/earnings (CAPE) ratio, which was flashing amber. Another warning sign is provided by the so-called Q ratio, which compares the market value of corporate assets with their replacement cost, and which […]

America’s Future Doom and Gloom or Overblown?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I have been (slowly) working my way through a book titled “Changing Texas – Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge.” It’s a pretty dry read. I came across this part that I wanted to share with you [brackets] mine: 1. The U.S. workforce is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse; 2. The racial […]

As Goes January…?

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The S&P 500 Index was down 3.46% in January. There’s a saying that goes something like “As goes January…” Well, based on history, that’s not necessarily true. Take a look at the following two graphics. The first one is all the returns (these are total returns) for the month of January listed in order from […]

The Periodic Table of Dow Jones Total Market Index Sector Total Returns (Through 2013)

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Here is a newly-updated Periodic Table of Dow Jones Total Market Index Sector Total Returns:

2013 Total Returns for the S&P 500 and Other Indexes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

2013 Wow! What a year. • The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 29.65% • The S&P 500 Index was up 32.39% • The S&P MidCap 400 Index was up 33.50% • The S&P SmallCap 600 was 41.31% Of the ten indexes I keep track of here at AFM, 7 were up. Of the three […]

This Will Make You Laugh (or Cry)

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

My wife bought me some Martini glasses for Christmas. We aren’t usually Martini drinkers so I had to go buy some supplies. My wife wanted to try a Cosmopolitan, which calls for cranberry juice. On my way home from the liquor store, I stopped at H-E-B, a popular grocery chain here in Texas. I picked […]

Venezuela Moves to Cap Prices. Dumb Move.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

This is just comical to me. Venezuela Moves to Cap Prices, Profits The cause for the inflation? “The amount of bolĂ­vares in circulation rose 70% over the past year, a clear sign the government is printing ever larger amounts of money to stoke a slowing economy.” So, the government floods the economy with new money, […]

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