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Is McDonald’s Q1 Earnings a Consumer Warning Sign – or the Weather?   $

Is McDonald’s Q1 Earnings a Consumer Warning Sign – or the Weather? $

Again, our little disclaimer: We don’t focus on individual corporate earnings unless there is a greater bit of learning we can glean from those results. And, McDonald’s earnings…

Existing Home Sales Drop Again in March

Existing Home Sales Drop Again in March

We want to be excited about the US economy – trust us. But, for every great piece of news that we get, we also seem to get hit…

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What is Giganomics and What Does it Mean to Business $

What is Giganomics and What Does it Mean to Business   $

  Pretty cute phrase isn’t it? The notion came as it was observed that more…

Leading Economic Indicators Point Upward $

Leading Economic Indicators Point Upward  $

If they truly are what they are reported to be, then the Leading Economic Indicators…

Q1 2014 Earnings Scorecard $

Q1 2014 Earnings Scorecard  $

This is a busy week for corporate earnings – so this scorecard will change quite…

Short on Hiring Qualified Candidates? Train Them! $

Short on Hiring Qualified Candidates? Train Them!  $

There’s a few anecdotes in today’s brief. In one of my trips this week, I…

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Geopolitics

Ukraine “Deal” Clears Putin $

Ukraine “Deal” Clears Putin  $

Not being in closed door meetings, we don’t have direct knowledge of what is transpiring in talks. But, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put a couple…

China’s President Says to “Speed up…offensive and defensive capabilities” $

China’s President Says to “Speed up…offensive and defensive capabilities”  $

China’s President Xi was not talking about soccer. The President said, reportedly in a reaction to news that the US and Russia are both getting more military applications…

We have Entered a New Stage in the Ukraine Situation

We have Entered a New Stage in the Ukraine Situation

Just like wars in the past and recent conflicts like those in Syria, Libya, Egypt, etc.; the situation in the Ukraine is now so sporadic and changing so…

What is happening? Hagel’s Trip to China… $

What is happening? Hagel’s Trip to China…  $

I’ll make this one very personal – because I am speculating quite a bit with the few facts we have. I am reading the accounts of Secretary of…

Ukraine Falling Apart $

Ukraine Falling Apart  $

Conditions on the ground in Ukraine are changing far too rapidly for us to cover it here. But, here are just a few of the top level changes…

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Again, Keep an Eye on Fuel Prices $

Again, Keep an Eye on Fuel Prices  $

  We don’t see significant movement in diesel prices – but watch gasoline prices at a consumer level. The AAA Daily…

Keystone Pipeline “Punt” $

Keystone Pipeline “Punt”  $

The Keystone Pipeline has been put on hold indefinitely. We really aren’t going to say much about this – but the…

Baltic Dry Continues to Plummet $

Baltic Dry Continues to Plummet  $

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we still like the Baltic Dry Index. And, for now…

Where the Ukraine Situation Will Hit your Pocketbook $

Where the Ukraine Situation Will Hit your Pocketbook  $

News that a parliamentary building had been overtaken in an eastern province and fighting in the Ukraine Parliament itself led to…