Appearance on CNBC's Power Lunch, November...
by email@example.com (Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI) on November 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm
Is recent weakness in the markets owing more to political risks than to economic ones? Today, I appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch to share my thoughts, including the potential effects of tax reform and political conditions abroad. […]
Monday Update: Waning Storm Effects, Growth...
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI) on November 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Last week was a busy one on the economic front, and the news was good to very good. Retail sales were in line with expectations, despite some headwinds, while industry and manufacturing did very well in bouncing back from the hurricanes. Plus, the housing industry showed signs of acceleration. Let’s take a closer look. […]
What the Tax Bills Could Mean for You
by email@example.com (Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI) on November 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm
With the passage of the House’s tax reform bill, the Republicans have moved significantly closer to one of their key political goals. Of course, the Senate bill still needs to pass that chamber, and then the reconciled bill must pass both chambers. But the fact that the fractious Republican factions in the House have come together is a signal that passage is a real possibility. For the first time, in my opinion, the odds are now better than even. So, let’s take a look at what we know so far—and what these bills could mean for you. […]
What Is the Yield Curve Anyway?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI) on November 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Taking another page from the “things people may not understand” book, today I want to talk about the yield curve. Why? The immediate reason is a spate of coverage in the press about how the inversion of the yield curve may be a signal of trouble ahead, which has prompted questions from clients and advisors. So, let’s take a look at what the yield curve is and how we should analyze it. […]
Stock Market Pullbacks and Bounce Backs
by email@example.com (Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI) on November 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm
Yesterday, I did an interview with TheStreet where I stated that I thought the market had some more room to rise before the end of the year. Given some weak days and rising fears that the rally could be breaking down, I thought it would be worthwhile to outline exactly why I think that—and what I will be watching for to see if I need to change my mind. […]
Should We Be Worried About the Fed’s Balance...
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI) on November 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm
When speaking with clients over the past couple of weeks, I have had several questions about whether we should be worried as the Fed begins to reduce its balance sheet. With the Fed starting to sell securities, the concern is that interest rates could spike and financial markets could become unsettled. […]