Financial Review

Crash Continued

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-11-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…Stocks fall off the cliff in afternoon trade. Blame it on the loco Fed. Banks kick off earnings tomorrow. CPI inflation inches higher – COLA higher. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 10-11-2018

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Basic Economics – Inflation

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_2-03-09-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:10 — 3.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s time now for another edition of “What you need to know about basic economics.” Today we tackle inflation, which is another way of saying prices are rising; more specifically, it is the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services is rising. Inflation is usually expressed on an annual basis, so a 2% inflation rate means that prices across the economy as a whole are 2% higher than 12 months ago. If something cost you $100 a year ago, it would cost $102 today. Actually, the inflation rate is currently at 1.4% for the 12 months through January 2016.   There are several ways to measure the economy. The most familiar gauge is the Consumer Price Index, or CPI, which measures prices at the retail level. The CPI is used to determine the Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA, which determines if Social Security benefits are increased to reflect changes in inflation. The Producer Price Index, or PPI, measures prices at the wholesale level, including the cost of raw materials and the prices manufacturers charge retailers. The Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge is the personal consumption expenditure, or PCE, price index.   Inflation can help illustrate whether an economy is in good health, or whether it is overheating or slowing down too much. Steady, moderate, and predictable price increases are a hallmark of a stable and healthy economy, and that …

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Financial Review

Zilch COLA

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-15-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 10-15-2015 DOW + 217 = 17,141 SPX + 29 = 2023 NAS + 87 = 4870 10 YR YLD + .04 = 2.20% OIL + .28 = 46.92 GOLD – .90 = 1184.40 SILV un = 16.22   The consumer price index, or prices at the retail level, declined by a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in September. Over the past 12 months inflation at the consumer level has shown zero increase. Inflation has fallen sharply over the past year mainly because of lower gasoline prices. The cost of gasoline fell 9% in September. The cost of food, however, rose 0.4% owing largely to higher prices for dairy, fruits and vegetables. Stripping out food and energy, the core CPI rose 0.2%. Core prices are up 1.9% over the past 12 months. Separately, the Energy Information Administration reports crude inventories rose by 7.6 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for an increase of 2.8 million barrels.   Americans who collect Social Security won’t get an increase in their monthly checks in 2016. Annual increases in Social Security are made every year based on changes in a component of the consumer price index known as CPI-W. That index fell 0.4% in the period used by the government to calculate the annual increase in cost-of-living adjustments.   The CPI-W looks at prices for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers; …

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Financial Review

More Worthwhile Pursuits

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-12-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 10-12-2015   DOW + 47 = 17,131 SPX + 2 = 2017 NAS + 8 = 4838 10 YR YLD closed OIL – 2.10 = 47.53 GOLD + 7.50 = 1164.90 SILV – .01 = 15.92   The Dow Industrials posted a gain for the seventh consecutive session, and ninth gain in the past 10 sessions. During the rally, the Dow has gained 1,130 points. Crude oil futures settled 5.1 percent lower after gaining almost 9 percent last week. The dollar was down slightly.   Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake will buy EMC Corp. for roughly $67 billion in cash and stock, marking one of the largest technology-industry takeovers ever. The $33.15 a share price tag represents a 19% premium over Friday’s closing price. EMC also owns about an 80% stake in VMware, which will remain a publicly traded company. EMC holders will receive $24.05 a share in cash and in addition to tracking stock linked to a portion of EMC’s economic interest in the VMware business. VMware has a market value of about $33 billion. The Dell deal is the largest in tech history, and it may be the biggest tech deal in terms of debt. Dell will add about $50 billion in debt to complete its proposed acquisition, bringing the closely held company’s total debt to about $60 billion.   Budweiser must really like Miller. Anheuser Busch …

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Don’t Bet the Farm

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-16-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 09-16-2015 DOW + 140 = 16,739 SPX + 17 = 1995 NAS + 28 = 4889 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.30% OIL + 2.56 = 47.15 GOLD + 14.10 = 1120.20 SILV + .53 = 15.03   The cost of consumer goods fell in August for the first time since the beginning of the year, owing mostly to another sharp drop in gasoline prices as the summer driving season came to an end. The consumer price index, or the cost of living, fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.1% last month. That’s the first decline since January. Retail prices are up just 0.2% in the past year. Excluding food and energy, so-called core consumer prices rose 0.1% in August. Core prices have risen just 1.8% in the past 12 months, unchanged from in July.   Energy prices declined 2% in August. Most of the relief came in the form of lower prices at the pump. The cost of a regular gallon of gas fell about 8% last month. The price of fuel had risen three straight months before the decline in August. Still, energy prices are down 15% over the past year. Food prices rose again, however. They increased 0.2% in August, spurred by higher costs of eggs, fruits and vegetables. The cost of airline tickets dropped for the second straight month. The price of new cars and …

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Financial Review

Inflation or the Lack Thereof

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-22-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:21 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 153 = 16,461 SPX – 14 = 1927 NAS – 36 = 4382 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.23% OIL – 2.06 = 80.43 GOLD – 8.40 = 1242.00 SILV – .34 = 17.27 The major stock indices were higher this morning, then they dropped about the time were heard reports of a shooting in Ottawa Canada, near the parliament building. The shooting in the Canadian capital left a soldier dead and the city on lockdown. The Labor Department said the Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1% last month. In the 12 months through September, the CPI rose 1.7%. The core CPI, which strips out food and energy prices, ticked up 0.1% last month, while the year-on-year change held steady at 1.7%. Energy prices fell for a third straight month in September, with gasoline costs slipping 1.0% after dropping 4.1% in August. Food prices gained 0.3% in September and were up 3.0% from a year ago, the largest gain in nearly 2-1/2 years. Shelter costs increased 0.3% in September after rising 0.2% in August. The medical care index increased 0.2%, with prices for nonprescription drugs posting a record increase. Airline fares declined for a third straight month, while prices for new motor vehicles and apparel were unchanged. Prices for used cars and trucks fell for the fifth straight month. Wages remain stagnant. Average hourly earnings adjusted for inflation fell …

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