Michael Carr



Jan 23, 2015
The big story in the past week has been the European Central Bank (ECB) decision to buy bonds. Investors have seen this story before. The Federal Reserve bought large amounts of bonds for six years and the stock market moved consistently higher as the Fed bought bonds.


Jan 21, 2015
Falling commodity prices are leading to concerns about deflation. Lower prices worry some investors because they believe consumers will delay purchases in a deflationary environment so they can pay a lower price in the future. This is unlikely to happen.


Jan 16, 2015
We are experiencing the fifth crash in oil prices since futures on the commodity began trading in 1983. Oil prices have fallen about 60 percent during the past eight months. On average, it took prices about four years to recover from previous crashes of this size.


Jan 14, 2015
In the 1970s, Redd Foxx played junk dealer Fred G. Sanford in the sitcom Sanford and Son. At the slightest provocation, Fred would grip his chest and yell, "This is the big one!" as he feigned a heart attack. Viewers will recall this happened whenever Fred didn't get his way.


Jan 9, 2015
Bull markets end when we run out of buyers. I understand that there is a buyer for every seller in the market but each party to a trade has a different motive.


Jan 7, 2015
Las Vegas seems to be capable of bringing out the worst and the best in many people. "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is a marketing theme targeting the worst behaviors. Magnificent buildings, dining and entertainment show the best.


Jan 2, 2015
New years always bring new hopes, but in many cases, those hopes prove to be misplaced. That has been the experience of savers in the last few years.


Dec 31, 2014
Gasoline prices have a large impact on consumer behavior. Thousands of gas stations around the country post the price in large numbers, and many consumers track the changes daily.

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