The Question Isn’t Why Wage Growth Is So Low. It’s Why It’s So High.

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Description: One of the economy’s biggest mysteries is this: The labor market is the strongest it has been in a decade, yet wages are rising barely faster than inflation. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 26, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/upshot/the-question-isnt-why-wage-growth-is-so-low-its-why-its-so-high.html?ref=dealbook&_r=0 Questions for discussion: What does this article say about how and why wages rise? What might the current… Read more »

Millennials ought to be 100% invested in stocks, says top-ranking newsletter editor

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Description: Younger people have decades to build wealth, and they shouldn’t squander precious time Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 05, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/millennials-ought-to-be-100-invested-in-stocks-says-top-ranking-newsletter-editor-2017-05-03?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the advice presented in this article. What are the risks to young investors who take this advice?

‘Trump Bump’ Lifts Stocks, Giving President a Win for His First 100 Days

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Description: In his first 100 days as president, Donald J. Trump may have found much of his agenda stymied, like a health care overhaul and a hotly contested immigration order. Source: NYTimes.com Date: April 28, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/business/dealbook/trump-stocks-100-days-markets.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions for discussion: What is the significance of stock market behavior during the first 100 days? What… Read more »

Opinion: The real reason for the trade deficit? Our spending habits

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Description: Martin Feldstein’s inconvenient truths about the U.S. trade deficit Source: MoneyWatch.com Date: April 28, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-real-reason-for-the-trade-deficit-us-2017-04-26?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the current trade deficit? Is it a bad thing? What has to happen for it to be reduced? What do you think will happen over the next year or so?… Read more »

Hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones says this chart is ‘terrifying’ and should freak out the Fed

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Description: Paul Tudor Jones is a reclusive hedge fund legend who never talks to the press. Source: CNBC.com Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/hedge-fund-legend-paul-tudor-jones-says-this-chart-is-terrifying-and-should-freak-out-the-fed.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in the report. How much influence do you think Paul Tudor Jones has over investor’s perceptions of risk?

Voya Financial CEO Gives Us His Best Financial Advise

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Description: We sat down with Voya Financial CEO Rodney Martin to get the advice he gives his customers about investing long term. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2nNgsbE Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Rodney Martin. Which do think is most important to investors today?

Apple’s Journey to Becoming the First Trillion Dollar Company

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Description: It has some work to do. Source: Fortune.ca- video report Date: March 30 , 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2odQddI Questions for Discussions: What are the two ways Apple can continue to grow, according to the report? Who would you merge Apple with in order to continue the current growth rate? Do you think the firm can… Read more »

Why Lower Oil Could Drive Gold Higher

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Description: With crude back on the move again, the stalled gold-to-crude ratio may be poised to resume the upward trend. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Mike McGlone has more on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 20, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-03-20/why-lower-oil-could-drive-gold-higher-video Questions for Discussions: Explain the relationship between oil and gold, according to the… Read more »

Loonie is 10% cheaper versus the U.S. dollar: BMO’s Jack Ablin

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Description: Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, joins BNN’s Catherine Murray for a look at why he believes Canada’s loonie still has plenty of room to run up and his latest views on the market. Source: BNN.ca- video report Date: March 17 , 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/loonie-is-10-cheaper-versus-the-u-s-dollar-bmo-s-jack-ablin~1080904 Questions for Discussions: What is Jack… Read more »

Why the stock market shouldn’t be spooked by quadruple witching

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Description: The average S&P 500 absolute return for quad witching days is in line with your average Friday Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Mar 17, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/does-quadruple-witching-day-still-spook-the-stock-market-2017-03-17 Questions for Discussions: Explain the issues and concerns presented in the aricle? What do you make of this discussion?