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Tim MaverickTim Maverick

, Senior Correspondent


The Only Thing Rising in Japan Is the Yen

The current financial markets, in which everything revolves around central banks and the global currency war, has entered a new phase. It’s more complex – and perhaps more dangerous. The actions taken by central bankers are no longer having their intended effects on the markets. In fact, the results within the market are often the...

Invest Now! European Stocks Hit New Low

In comparing European stocks to their U.S. counterparts, 2015 and 2016 couldn’t be more different. In 2015, European stocks beat U.S. stocks by the greatest disparity in a decade. But 2016 is off to a very different start – European equities are lagging U.S. equities by the widest gap since 2003. Euro-stocks are in the...

China’s Capital Outflow: Much Ado About Nothing

In January 2016, the international market was uneasy about the capital outflows from China. Looking back, all that panic over China reminds me of Shakespeare’s famous line from Macbeth: It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Or, to once again borrow from William Shakespeare, it was Much...

The Fed’s New Policy of Quantitative Pleasing

Back in 1913, Congress established the three key mandates for the Federal Reserve: to maximize employment, stabilize prices, and moderate long-term interest rates. But that’s so 20th century…. Today’s Federal Reserve, under the rule of Janet Yellen, seems to have just one mandate: to please the Wall Street speculators. Former Dallas Fed official Danielle DiMartino...

Investing for Millennials: Tips for Spending and Saving

There’s no denying that we’re living in an age of instant gratification. We’re constantly told to “live in the moment” without a thought of tomorrow. The problem is, tomorrow always comes, and we’re increasingly less prepared for it. Retirement savings, for instance, are falling by the wayside. While we all imagine our golden years to...

BLACKOUT: The Failing Model of Electric Utilities

The rush to be a part of the most profitable market trends often looks like the madhouse of shoppers scrambling for that must-have holiday gift. With the Federal Reserve inspiring a sense of desperation around fad markets, it’s important to stay cautious. The popular stock you pick now may have to be “returned” later at...

Three Tips for Investing in Emerging Markets

Having been a neglected asset class for some time, emerging market stocks are enjoying a healthy rebound so far in 2016. The story of how we got here is a familiar one. When developing stock markets got overbought, they became overvalued. As a result, nervous investors – mainly from the United States – dumped those...

The Truth Behind the Fed’s Rate Hike Inertia

So much for the Federal Reserve’s interest rate promises. Having raised interest rates in December, the Fed then projected a further four rate hikes in 2016. Not so much. The bank now says it will only raise rates twice this year. And on March 16, Chairman Janet Yellen said rates will remain unchanged until April,...

Pipeline Companies Leaking After Bankruptcy Ruling

The $500 billion U.S. energy infrastructure sector looked like it had the perfect business model. But these companies were merely “toll road” operators. They collected fees as they transported oil and gas through their pipelines for producers. The fees were agreed to in (supposedly) ironclad contracts. And it was thought that those contracts would protect...

Energy and Metals Downturn Not Over

The best way to describe the recent stock market upswing is a “dash for trash.” Left by the wayside are growth companies like the FANG stocks – Facebook Inc. (FB), Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), Netflix Inc. (NFLX), and Google Inc. (GOOG) – now Alphabet Inc. Instead, the sectors that led the rebound were the most beaten-down...