The month of September marked the five year anniversary of a seminal event in the modern history of financial markets: the failure of Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States. While a lot has changed, much stays the same: uncertainty...

We recently concluded our Spring conference circuit by attending, as we do every year, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) annual conference in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) annual conference in London. These conferences yielded new investment...

CHINA, IN THE MIDDLE China! A ten day visit to Beijing during the last two weeks of September offered a limited, but expanded perspective on the Chinese economic environment as it relates to investment. Although Reed (my husband) and I studied before we went, our first...

Risk management of fixed-income securities (usually bonds) is equally important to risk management of equity securities. This is often misunderstood by lay investors who automatically assume bonds to be “safe” investments in all environments....

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” - Yogi Berra To many individuals, the adage “Sell in May, and go away” is a familiar rhyme. Its meaning refers to selling one’s investments in the month of May and buying them back at lower prices after an...

BEGINNING THE NEW YEAR Investors are ready to close the books on 2011: a roller coaster, round-trip ride ending where we started. Until August of 2011, the United States economy and securities markets were inching forward toward a sustainable growth trajectory, then Standard & Poors downgraded...

KICKING THE CAN To date, 2011 has been marked by a series of highs and lows – both literally and figuratively. We are reminded that in our dynamic and ever-evolving world, there is no shortage of problems to solve. Just when the world thought it was...

ON RISK AND VOLATILITY With the recent volatility in the global equity markets, the subject of “risk” has re-emerged as a leading conversation topic among the media talking heads. Mr. Market1 , a metaphoric figure used to represent the collective opinions of global investors, is a...

THE MARKET LOW: TWO YEARS LATER April 13, 2009 – Dow 8,057: “Throughout January and February, when the outlook seemed the darkest, investors were able to ‘stay the course’, while fear seized those with less experience and resolve. The Dow hit an intraday low of 6,470...