What About the National Debt?

August 30, 2016

Back in the office after my vacation, the news is generally good. Economic stats continue to surprise to the upside, markets are close to all-time highs, and the Labor Day weekend is coming. So, of course, as Eeyore, my thoughts are turning to things to worry about.

I’m not the only one either. A reader recently wrote in asking, “What about the national debt?”

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Appearance on CNBC's Closing Bell, August 29, 2016 [Video]

August 30, 2016

With the U.S. economy trending up and the international economy improving, where should investors look? Yesterday afternoon, I was on CNBC’s Closing Bell offering thoughts on the day's market activity and the sectors to watch, including industrials and energy.

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Monday Update: Home Sales and Durable Goods Continue to Improve

August 29, 2016

Last week’s economic news showed that business confidence and activity are still improving. Notably, the housing market continues to show significant demand, although it’s now struggling with low inventory—a problem of success. Durable goods orders also ratified the continuing growth in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

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Book Review: Connectography

August 26, 2016

I don’t read too many books where I find myself repeatedly stopping to underline something while thinking I didn’t know that! There are even fewer that I keep on my shelf in order to reference the list of sources in the back. Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, by Parag Khanna, earns both of those distinctions.

It also changed how I look at the world.

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New GICS Sector Could Benefit REITs

August 24, 2016

Today’s guest post is from Chad LaFauci, director of real assets at Commonwealth.

At the end of the month, the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) will introduce a new Real Estate sector—the first time a sector has been added since the system’s inception in 1999.

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Monday Update: Housing and Manufacturing Still Improving

August 22, 2016

Last week’s economic data showed that business confidence and activity continue to improve. Plus, housing sentiment and activity continue to expand, while manufacturing and even mining have started to grow again. Overall, last week’s results demonstrate that the weakest part of the recovery—private business—continues to strengthen.

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How Brexit Could Impact Your Real Estate Holdings

August 19, 2016

Today’s post comes from guest contributor Eduardo Ciuffo, a Commonwealth investment research analyst focused on real assets.

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