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Market Outlook

Why OPEC's Math Doesn't Add Up

OPEC's Nov. 30 meeting yielded an accord to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day, sending the price of West Texas Intermediate 9 percent higher on Wednesday and 3.5 percent higher on Thursday. After this exuberance subsides, the market's focus will shift to whether OPEC members honor their agreement and a potential recovery in US oil production.



  • Global Top Cat

    War Games

    By Yiannis G. Mostrous | Nov. 30, 2016
    Geopolitical developments will increasingly shape the global economy and how investors allocate capital. We look at two companies primed to benefit from increased defense spending in key parts of the world.
  • Macro Outlook

    The Good Ol' “Normal” Economy

    By Elliott H. Gue | Nov. 29, 2016
    A return to a more traditional US economic cycle would be good news for stocks as stronger growth and inflation drive pricing power, revenue growth and higher valuations. But watch these three signals to see if the economy backtracks.
  • Quarterly Earnings

    Quarterly Earnings and the Challenge of the Exchange Rate

    By Roger S. Conrad | Nov. 29, 2016
    The remaining Lifelong Income Portfolio members report earnings, and they look consistent and strong. A common thread is the challenge of a fluctuating exchange rate.
  • Income Investing

    Income Investors: Don’t Sweat Interest Rates

    By Roger S. Conrad | Nov. 29, 2016
    Dividend-paying stocks have taken a hit during the post-election market rally. Don’t let the conventional wisdom behind the retreat fool you. Instead, take a look at the historical record.
  • Investment Strategy

    A Change in Plans

    By Elliott H. Gue | Nov. 17, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for a massive fiscal stimulus via tax cuts and infrastructure spending should extend and perhaps accelerate a lackluster economic recovery that had started to peter out. With the economic outlook improving and inflationary pressure on the rise, this stimulus could give the Federal Reserve the leeway to hike interest rates at a faster pace than previously expected.



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