Shutdown Weighs

Japan’s manufacturing sector fell to the neutral mark in December, according to Purchasing Managers’ Index data, after two-and-a-half years of expansion. This follows trade data that showed Japanese exports fell 3.8% year over year in December, the slowest...

Local News

China recently dumped $83 billion, into its banking system — a record amount of money injected in one day — in a sign that the economy may be facing stress. (CNBC) McDonald’s lost its right to the trademark for “Big Mac” in a European Union ruling....

Trade Talks

Responding to reports of a possible trade detente between the U.S. and China, stocks across the globe are continuing their climb higher. Yesterday afternoon the WSJ quoted Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as saying Washington could ease tariffs on Beijing, although...

Low Inflation

Today is the 11th trading day of 2019, with the S&P 500 Index up over 3% for the year after 10 trading days. Historically we’ve seen good starts to a year produce solid returns. In fact, starting in 1950, when the S&P 500 was up 2.5% or more on the 5th...

Earnings Season

According to our friends at Eager law, if you own residential rental property in Oregon and you sometimes feel like the state looks poorly upon your ilk, you’re right. And it’s likely to get a lot worse. Faced with a severe rental housing shortage and...