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A Less than Linear Path

by Zach Marsh on Oct 25, 2019

So I stepped on the scale this morning and immediately my mood collapsed.  I’d gained one pound since yesterday.  Normally this shouldn’t be a big deal, but now I’m in a competition with a friend to see who can reach his target weight soonest.  One pound is now a big deal.  Prior to entering this contest I had not weighed myself in over 8 months and, while I was periodically unhappy with my gut, the comings and goings of my weight concerned me littl

Out With the Old in With the New?

by Zach Marsh on Oct 18, 2019

Some historians would argue that the 20th century didn’t truly begin until August 1914.  On June 28, 1914 the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo setting into action events that would lead to World War I five weeks later.  When the armies of Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, and Austria-Hungary took the battlefield in August most of the citizens of these countries expected the war to

Information Overload

by Zach Marsh on Sep 27, 2019

We live in a data obsessed world.  The rise of super computers, over half a century ago, gave us the opportunity to quickly retrieve, analyze, and create a solution around all sorts of computable information.  We can thank IBM for that.  What began as a niche in most industries, data compilation and analysis, has now evolved into the new arms race--who can gain the greatest edge by compiling the most discrete and pertinent information and data.  But

Market Commentary for Week Ended 9/27/2019

by David Rasmussen on Sep 27, 2019

IMPEACHMENT.  President Trump on Thursday warned voters “If they actually did this (impeached me) the markets would crash.  Do you think it was luck that got us to the best Stock Market and Economy in our history?  It wasn’t!”  So classic.  Set aside the capitalization and punctuation errors, Trump's statement implies that corporate earnings and future earnings growth rely huugely on him.   After all the perception of future earnings growth underpin

Market Commentary for Week Ended 9/20/2019

by David Rasmussen on Sep 20, 2019

The Federal Reserve made their interest rate decision this week.  As expected, they announced a 0.25% interest rate cut on the federal funds rate.  The target rate was lowered to 1.75% from 2.00%.  Apparently, this wasn’t enough for Donald Trump, he tweeted “Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve Fail Again. No “guts,” no sense, no vision! A terrible communicator!”  The truth is, the US economy is doing fine.