Cash, It’s a Hit

By | April 10th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a decade since Lehman Brothers, at the time the fourth-largest investment bank in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy. You might recall that before the ink could dry on the paperwork, investment markets around the world had tanked, leading, ultimately, to the [...]

Flash Geeks

By | March 27th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   So, there’s a Wall Street project called ‘Go West’ that’s nearing completion. Intended to invoke the spirit of Horace Greely, the plan is to link Chicago, the Pacific coast, and Tokyo via a trail of wireless towers, fiber-optic lines, and submarine cables. Once done, Go West will [...]

Love Isn’t All You Need

By | March 13th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   There's nothing you can do that can't be done. Nothing you can sing that can't be sung. Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy. You’ll be forgiven for not knowing that the suggested gift for a nine-year anniversary these days [...]

Amazon Ain’t Just A River In Brazil

By | February 27th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis Remember when Amazon.com only sold books? No? Well, then, here’s a quick refresher: Way back in 1994, a computer scientist named Jeff Bezos launched what is now the world’s fourth most valuable company as an online bookstore. Out of his garage, as legend goes. Originally called Cadabra, the little [...]

Eve of (Self) Destruction

By | February 13th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   “But you tell me over and over and over again my friend, Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.”             Barry McGuire, singer and songwriter We suspect commodity traders like to use the word “contango” in conversation whenever they can. Can’t blame them really. Not [...]

Party Crashers

By | January 29th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   So, guess who’s responsible for this month’s outsized inflow of cash into global stock funds and ETFs? According to information from the industry’s largest discount brokerages, the answer is “individual investors,” particularly those of the younger set. The big discounters are, in fact, reporting an aggressive surge in [...]

Exchange Traitor Fund

By | January 16th, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   Story’s going ‘round Wall Street about the alleged “theft” of a billion-dollar fund, ironically enough a cybersecurity exchange-traded fund with the ticker symbol HACK. It’s a mystery, they say, and the intrigue is “gripping” the ETF world. Why, even NASDAQ claims to be a “victim” of the ETF [...]

Predictable Predictions

By | January 3rd, 2018|Advisor Insights, News|

It’s been said, allegedly by a great Yankee catcher, that “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." We’ve no clue whether #8 said it or not, but whoever did was on to something, at least with regard to stocks and bonds. Fact is, it’s impossible to divine which direction the [...]

A Story About Gravity

By | December 12th, 2017|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis By William Davis   Isaac Newton is known to all as one of the world’s greatest scientists, the greatest perhaps. What’s lesser known to us modern-day folks is that in addition to his efforts toward optics, astronomy, physics, and calculus, Newton served as Master of Britain’s Royal Mint. And [...]

Predictably Unpredictable

By | November 28th, 2017|Advisor Insights, News|

By William Davis   So, a few traders traded Friday and, in a holiday-shortened session, managed to negotiate the S&P 500 past 2600 for the first time ever. For those keeping score, it was the big benchmark’s 55th closing high of the year. Taken together with the NASDAQ’s 69 record closes and [...]