Inflation and Bonds: The Ups and Downs20150204221037

Inflation and Bonds: The Ups and Downs

AJ NorrisFebruary 4, 2015
The price/rate seesaw Inflation has an impact on most securities, but it can particularly affect the value of your bonds. Why? Because bond yields are closely tied to interest rates, and when interest rates and bond yields rise, bond prices fall....
US Misery Index20140919143347

US Misery Index

AJ NorrisSeptember 19, 2014
The Misery Index was created by Arthur Okun, an economist and adviser to President Lyndon Johnson. It is calculated by adding the unemployment rate to the inflation rate.  The concept is fairly simple – If inflation is rising, goods and services will cost more. &n...
Sequester Who?20130319031711

Sequester Who?

AJ NorrisMarch 19, 2013
It seems like just yesterday the news was filled with references to the fiscal cliff. Now, it is “sequestration.” Look for more political confrontation to unfold as the sequester gets under way. What exactly is sequestration? “Sequestration” refers to a se...
The Fiscal Cliff: What Exactly Does it Mean?20121113164311

The Fiscal Cliff: What Exactly Does it Mean?

AJ NorrisNovember 13, 2012
The Post-Election Agenda Today’s post-election political landscape looks a lot like the pre-election political landscape–President Obama will be working with a Democratically controlled Senate, and a Republican-controlled House of Representatives for a minimum of two ...