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What is the ISM Manufacturing Index and its role as an indicator for the US Economy?

What is the ISM Manufacturing Index and its role as an indicator for the US Economy?

The ISM manufacturing index is a monthly index published (since 1948) at the beginning of the month by the Institute of Supply Management (formerly known as the National Association of Purchasing Management, Inc. (NAPM)founded in 1915 to serve supply management professionals). The index aims to gauge the relative strength of economic activity - month by month - in the US manufacturing sector, by surveying purchasing managers at over four hundred manufacturing firms across all 50 states and over 20 major industries in the US.

It is a key leading indicator of the state or health of the U.S. economy, one that is closely watched by the investors, economists, and government agencies as it reflects purchasing decisions made by purchasing managers significantly in advance to meet manufacturing forecasted needs based on consumer/business demand.

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The Commonsense Investing Rules of Two of the World’s Most Successful Investors

The Commonsense Investing Rules of Two of the World’s Most Successful Investors

All the math you need in the stock market you get in the fourth grade.
— Peter Lynch

Whenever you watch an expert in their craft do something, it looks effortless, elegant, simple, even easy. It should be easy to replicate then, right? Not so, as we often find out when we try to do so.

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Are the Roaring 20's Back? Ed Yardeni Thinks They May Be.

Are the Roaring Twenties Back?

Ed Yardeni, former chief investment strategist at Deutsche Bank thinks they may be in a recent interview with Bloomberg senior columnist Merryn Somerset Webb. Ed Yardeni is a well-respected wall street veteran of 40+ years who has served as Chief Investment Strategist of Oak Associates, Prudential Equity Group, and Deutsche Bank. He was also the Chief Economist of C.J. Lawrence, Prudential Securities, and E.F. Hutton.

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What The HEC’onomy! Deciphering What is Actually Happening in The Economy and The Potential Implications - Part Two

In this second installment of "What the Hec'onomy. Deciphering what is going on in the economy and markets" we will examine what the impact of rate hikes have been to date as well as other market forces at work in the economy.

The Residential Real Estate Market

Let us start by looking at the residential real estate market. If you were a homeowner with a mortgage during the close to zero interest rate era, it is likely that you would have taken advantage of refinancing your home when 15- and 30-year fixed mortgage rates were in the 1.7-3.25% range. At today’s mortgage rates of 6-8% you are less likely to move if you do not have to for work or other pressing reasons. For homeowners in this category, mortgage related costs have not gone up, which means that their overall purchasing power has been less impacted.

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What The HEC’onomy! Deciphering What is Actually Happening in The Economy and The Potential Implications - Part One

If you are perplexed trying to understand the health of the economy and the impact of two wars, a growing national debt, inflation, and interest rate policy on markets this article looks at the confluence of all these issues and what is going on in the economy and markets.

Let’s start with the Federal Reserve and Chairman Powell. During the press conference at their September meeting, Powell stated that they would be pausing rates and were perhaps close to the end of their hiking campaign. Other governors including Mary Daly, head of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, also weighed in saying that long term rates of the 10 years plus US Treasury Yields would add to restricting monetary conditions and that this, in addition to interest hikes to date, might accomplish one of their core mandates in bringing core inflation down to their targeted 2% acceptable level.

A rise in bond yields may substitute for a rate hike, Fed’s Daly says.

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