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Copper Well Positioned to Lead the Next Resource Cycle

Global copper capacity could be short some 41,000 tons by as early as 2021, says one commodities research firm. Meaning: We could be looking at another commodities super-cycle, with the red metal leading the way.

The Big Four Economic Indicators: April Nonfarm Employment

This commentary has been updated to include this morning's release of Nonfarm Employment. April's 263K increase in total nonfarm payrolls had revisions that resulted in 16K more jobs than previously reported. The consensus was for 181K new jobs and the unemployment rate to remain at 3.8%.

Five Key Ways Advisors Deliver Value in 2019

What is the value of a financial advisor in 2019? We break down the full value of an advisor’s services in this easy-to-follow equation.

4 Transportation Sector Research Candidates: Do You Dare Have Your Money Travel With These Stocks?

As a rule, I have never been very fascinated by the Transportation Sector. This is especially true regarding airlines and air transport companies. Nevertheless, there are two airlines and two air freight carriers in the Transportation Sector that I felt comfortable featuring in this article.

Hard Truths in Resource Investing, According to Bob Moriarty

I’ve known Bob for many years, and if there’s one thing he’s proven about himself time and again is that he doesn’t mince words. Nor should he.

Weekly Unemployment Claims: Unchanged from Last Week

This morning's seasonally adjusted 230K new claims, unchanged from the previous week, was worse than the forecast of 220K.

An Easy Way to Be More Creative

Too many people are deterred from exercise because of the mistaken belief that simply walking confers little benefit. New research debunks that myth.

What’s Your Why?

What keeps your wheels spinning, generating new ideas and creating new solutions? What drives you forward? What is your “why?”

The Big Four Economic Indicators: Real Personal Income in March

Personal Income (excluding Transfer Receipts) in March was unchanged from February and is up 3.3% year-over-year. However, when adjusted for inflation using the BEA's PCE Price Index, Real Personal Income (excluding Transfer Receipts) MoM was at -0.20%. The real number is up 1.8% year-over-year.

Equity Revival or Economic Slowdown

Is the stock market correct in its optimism that monetary normalization is over and equities have more runway in 2019?

Predicting The Past With Greater And Greater Accuracy

The advance estimate of 1Q19 GDP growth will arrive on Friday (April 26). There’s always a lot of uncertainty in the advance figure (we’re missing a number of components) and that is especially so this time.

Updated Tax Guidance for Small Business Owners

Our last tax update, Tax Reform Aftermath: New Guidance for Investors, discussed in part the steps small business owners might take to claim and maximize the 20% deduction afforded by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since we wrote that paper, the IRS has clarified the application of the provisions that govern these strategies.

Invest in Optimism: A Conversation With Keith Fitz-Gerald

If you’re as much a consumer of financial news as I am, chances are very good you’ve seen Keith Fitz-Gerald as a regular contributor on Fox Business, CNBC and elsewhere. That, or read his invaluable market commentary online.

Better Days: Leading Indicators Inch Back to Cycle High

The Leading Economic Index lifted enough in March to bring it back to a cycle high; but the deterioration in the trend bears watching.

Sifting through the Clutter

We all complain that so much is happening so fast these days it’s hard to keep up. The plethora of events that could have a negative impact on the financial markets is being ignored in the United States, however, and investors seem to be assuming that everything going on will somehow be resolved favorably.