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Sears: The Amazon of the Twentieth Century

Sears: The Amazon of the Twentieth Century

Sears Holding Co. filed for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 15, 2018 to avoid a $134 million debt payment.  Thus, an American icon which issued its first catalog in 1887 and opened its first store in 1925 came to an end.  Between 1906 when the...

Moore Whiskey Dividends

Moore Whiskey Dividends

Although most dividends are paid in cash, companies are free to provide their shareholders with any type of dividend they want, including shares of stock or dividends in kind.  Although the people on Wall Street often behave like they are a bunch of drunks, that...

Communications or Telecommunications?

Communications or Telecommunications?

S&P Global and MSCI are making some major changes in the GICS sectors which will be enacted at the end of September.  Under the old GICS, Telecommunications was one of the 11 GICS sectors which included primarily telephone companies.  S&P Global and MSCI are...

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Events in Time Anniversaries: January 2020

Events in Time Anniversaries: January 2020

  25 years ago: January 1995 S&P 500: 470.42 (vs. 3253.05 in 01/2020) 10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 7.60% (vs. 1.85% in 01/2020) Gold: $374.90 (vs. $1571.95 in 01/2020) Oil: $18.405 (vs. $59.65 in 01/2020) GBP/USD: 1.5785 (vs. 1.3077 in 01/2020) US GDP:...

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Events in Time Anniversaries: December 2019

Events in Time Anniversaries: December 2019

25 years ago: December 1994 S&P 500: 459.27 (vs. 3132.52 in 12/2019) 10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 7.84% (vs. 1.85% in 12/2019) Gold: $383.25 (vs. $1461.70 in 12/2019) Oil: $17.765 (vs. $58.99 in 12/2019) GBP/USD: 1.566 (vs. 1.3115 in 12/2019) US GDP: $7,331...

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Government Bond Yields and Returns in the 2020s

Government Bond Yields and Returns in the 2020s

  The 2020s have begun.  During the 2010s, the fixed-income market has done things no one would have predicted when the 2010s began ten years ago.  The most important feature of the past decade has been the steady decline in government bond yields, falling to...

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