Market Research Blog Posts

Speed racer cartoon
September 7, 2022 by Matt McCracken
Starting with QE in 2010, the stock market started to see a series of incredibly quick V-bottoms. While bottoms were violent affairs in which losses were quickly recovered, tops were gradual, slow-moving events. But that has all changed in this...Read more
Wheat field
May 16, 2022 by Matt McCracken
Disclosure: We currently own DBA, WEAT, and various wheat futures contracts (ZW and YW) in our client accounts. On the news out of India that they will severely curb wheat exports, prices for wheat on the futures exchanges went "limit up" again...Read more
Money growing from coin jars
April 29, 2022 by Matt McCracken
As interest rates are going up, the question many investors are asking is, "How much will my bond holdings, or my bond-oriented mutual fund, depreciate?" As a general rule, for every 1% increase in interest rates, a bond will depreciate its duration...Read more
Morningstar logo
April 26, 2022 by Matt McCracken
I haven't gone to Morningstar (MS) in quite some time as I rarely use mutual funds or ETFs, but the other day, I wanted to look up a fund and for whatever reason, I punched in SPY. SPY is the largest ETF tracking the S&P 500 Index. And to my...Read more
Flag of Saudi Arabia
April 25, 2022 by Matt McCracken
For some time, I have warned about the geopolitical risks coming out of Russia, and, unfortunately, my warnings had considerable merit. Here are a couple of posts I have written on the subject: Russia and the Election Russia takes big steps in...Read more
Goldman sachs logo
April 14, 2022 by Matt McCracken
Goldman Sachs (GS) beat earnings expectations this morning by a wide margin. The credit is being given to their trading desks as their Investment Banking revenue dropped over 30%. An article appearing on CNBC.com states: Goldman Sachs had been one...Read more
Russian Flag
March 31, 2022 by Matt McCracken
According to the Russian propagandist site, RT.com, Russia is set to require payments for oil in Rubles from any country that participated in sanctions against them. Further, it is reported that Russia and India have agreed to conduct transactions...Read more
wheat
March 3, 2022 by Matt McCracken
Disclosure: We currently own DBA, WEAT and various wheat futures contracts (ZW and YW) in many of our client accounts. Wheat prices exploded higher today as the conflict in Ukraine continues to rage on. A few people have asked me how to invest in...Read more
100 dollar bills yo
December 10, 2021 by Matt McCracken
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, "The FED is not the solution to inflation, the FED creates inflation." And inflation is hotter than it has been in a generation. The CPI came in at 6.8% in November, the hottest reading since 1982. For months, the FED...Read more