Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Stabilizes in May

Coronavirus Update: May 29, 2020 [Video]

What’s (Not) Happening in the Coronavirus Crisis?

Appearance on Yahoo Finance’s On the Move, May 28, 2020 [Video]

COVID-19: What We Know and How We Know It

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Housing Hit Hard by Pandemic in April

Appearance on CNBC's The Exchange, May 22, 2020 [Video]

Coronavirus Update: May 22, 2020 [Video]

Is the Latest Coronavirus News Better Than It Looks?

Confessions of an ESG Investing Skeptic

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Monday Update: Retail Sales and Industrial Production Plunge

Coronavirus Update: May 15, 2020 [Video]

Progress on Several Fronts in Coronavirus Pandemic

Monthly Market Risk Update: May 2020

Economic Risk Factor Update: May 2020

Monday Update: Unemployment Rate Soars to 14.7 Percent

Coronavirus Update: May 8, 2020 [Video]

Pandemic Slowing—Are the Biggest Risks Behind Us?

Looking Back at the Markets in April and Ahead to May 2020

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Longest Economic Expansion in U.S. History Ends

Market Thoughts for May 2020 [Video]

Coronavirus Update: May 1, 2020 [Video]

Markets Are Confident—But Are They Right?

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Bonds Broke—Now What?

Appearance on Yahoo Finance's The Final Round, April 28, 2020 [Video]

Monday Update: Lowered Expectations Lead to Better-Than-Expected Results

Coronavirus Update: April 24, 2020 [Video]

Appearance on CNBC's The Exchange, April 23, 2020 [Video]

A Historic Collapse in Crude Oil Prices

Real Progress in Coronavirus Crisis, But Concerns Remain

Where Do the Markets Go from Here?

Monday Update: Historically Bad Week for Economic Data

Coronavirus Update: April 17, 2020 [Video]

Is There a Silver Lining to the Jobless Claims Numbers?

Monthly Market Risk Update: April 2020

Has the Coronavirus Curve Been Flattened?

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Crashes

Economic Risk Factor Update: April 2020

Coronavirus Update: April 9, 2020 [Video]

Is There an End in Sight for the Coronavirus Crisis?

Should Investors Consider Gold?

Monday Update: Initial Jobless Claims Spike Again

Coronavirus Update: April 3, 2020 [Video]

Looking Back at the Markets in March and Ahead to April 2020

Market Thoughts for April 2020 [Video]

Are We Seeing Signs of Improvement in the Coronavirus Crisis?

Monday Update: New Jobless Claims Hit All-Time High, Consumer Confidence Crashes

Coronavirus Update: March 27, 2020 [Video]

First Wave of Economic Damage: 3 Million New Unemployment Claims

Congress Steps Up for the Economy

Coronavirus Update: U.S. Infection Growth Rate Holding Steady

Monday Update: Retail Sales Fall Sharply in February

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Financial Markets

Coronavirus Update: March 19, 2020 [Video]

Assessing the Economic Damage from the Coronavirus Pandemic

Appearance on Fox Business Network’s The Claman Countdown, March 18, 2020 [Video]

The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Solvable Problem?

How to Think About the Coronavirus Pandemic: The Big Picture

Appearance on Yahoo Finance's On the Move, March 16, 2020 [Video]

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Drop Smaller Than Expected

Appearance on CNBC’s Power Lunch, March 13, 2020 [Video]

Monthly Market Risk Update: March 2020

Appearance on Yahoo Finance's The Final Round, March 12, 2020 [Video]

Where Bear? There Bear!

Economic Risk Factor Update: March 2020

The 2020 Stock Market Crash

Monday Update: Signs of Economic Improvement in February

View from the Aisle: Takeaways from the Inside ETFs Conference

Is the End of the Bull Market Nigh?

The Rate Cut and the Market

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Consumer Confidence Remains Resilient

Market Thoughts for March 2020 [Video]

The Coronavirus and Your Investments

Reassessing the Coronavirus Risk

Coronavirus Concerns Keep Markets on Edge

How Should Investors React to the Coronavirus?

Monday Update: Housing Market Remains Healthy

Young People in Fancy Cars

Space Economics: The Final Frontier

Looking Too Far Ahead Can Leave Investors Far Behind

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Consumer Confidence Continues to Rise

No Love for Retail Spending This Valentine’s Day

Monthly Market Risk Update: February 2020

Economic Risk Factor Update: February 2020

Looking Back at the Markets in January and Ahead to February 2020

Monday Update: Business Confidence and Employment Beat Expectations

Searching for a Leading Economic Indicator

Jobs Report Preview: Good News Ahead?

Appearance on CNBC’s Power Lunch, February 05, 2020 [Video]

As Goes January, So Goes the Year?

Market Thoughts for February 2020 [Video]

Appearance on Yahoo Finance's On the Move, February 03, 2020 [Video]

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence, GDP Growth Are Highlights

The View from the Aisle: Rosie’s Place

New Records—and New Risks?

Brexit Day Approaches: What Should We Expect?

Sustainable Investing: The Capitalist Perspective

Monday Update: Existing Home Sales Beat Expectations Again

Will the China Coronavirus Strike Investments?

Will the China Phase One Deal Spell the End of the Trade Wars?

NAFTA Versus the USMCA: What’s Different?

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Housing Sector Continues to Shine

Could Atomic Habits Help You Reach Your Goals in 2020?

Repo Market Update

Monthly Market Risk Update: January 2020

Economic Risk Factor Update: January 2020

Monday Update: Service Sector Confidence Improves

Value Is Growth, and Growth Is Value?

Inflation Versus Wage Growth

Looking Back at the Markets in December and Ahead to January 2020

Investing in an Election Year

Monday Update: Consumer and Manufacturer Confidence Fall

What Would a War with Iran Mean for the Markets?

Market Thoughts for January 2020 [Video]

Approaching Economics with Humor: Some Favorite Videos

Monday Update: Durable Goods Orders Down, New Home Sales Up

Appearance on CNBC’s Power Lunch, December 27, 2019 [Video]

The View from the Aisle: Reflections from the Massachusetts Conference for Women

The Next Decade: A Humble Approach to Predictions

Merry Christmas to All

Monday Update: Economy Picking Up Speed

Do You Believe in the Santa Claus Rally?

Brexit: The End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End?

Is Credit a Cause for Concern?

Appearance on Yahoo Finance's On the Move, December 18, 2019 [Video]

2020 Market Outlook [Video]

Monday Update: Home Builder Confidence Blows Away Expectations

Impeachment Means Nothing for the Markets

Monthly Market Risk Update: December 2019

Navigating the Capital Gains Distribution Season

Economic Risk Factor Update: December 2019

Monday Update: Jobs Report Beats Expectations

Show Me the Money! Private Markets and Alternative Investments

November 2019 Jobs Report Preview

A Look Back at the Markets in November and Ahead to December 2019

Market Thoughts for December 2019 [Video]

Appearance on CNBC's The Exchange, December 2, 2019 [Video]

Monday Update: Third-Quarter GDP Growth Beats Expectations

The View from the Aisle: The 2–10 Treasury Spread

A Time to Give Thanks

12 Record Highs for the S&P: What Does It All Mean?

Monday Update: Housing Stays Hot, Consumer Confidence Jumps

What Can History Teach Us About Today’s Marijuana Industry?

The Death of Retail?

Risk Focus: Domestic Politics

Best Practices for Teaching Children About Money

Monday Update: October Retail Sales Beat Expectations

Is Japanification the New Normal?

How Bad Will the Next Recession Be?

How Close Is the Next Recession?

Appearance on CNBC's Nightly Business Report, November 11, 2019 [Video]

What Does an Un-Inverted Yield Curve Mean?

Monday Update: Consumer and Service Sector Confidence Rise

Don’t Invest Based on the Headlines

Monthly Market Risk Update: November 2019

Appearance on Yahoo Finance's On the Move, November 07, 2019 [Video]

Economic Risk Factor Update: November 2019

A Look Back at the Markets in October and Ahead to November 2019

Monday Update: Economy Grows Faster Than Expected in Third Quarter

Market Thoughts for November 2019 [Video]

The Fed Does Trick or Treat

The Big Picture on the Economy

Is Another Stock Market Record Reason to Cheer?

Monday Update: Housing Sales Decline in September

The Trade War: Is the Damage Done?

Will the GM Strike Take Down Job Growth?

Are Politics to Blame for Waning Confidence?

The Power of We

Appearance on CNBC’s Power Lunch, October 21, 2019 [Video]

Monday Update: Retail Sales Disappoint in September

The Real Reason Interest Rates Will Stay Low

Where Do Interest Rates Come From?

Interest Rates: The Old Normal

Why Are Interest Rates Trending?

Appearance on Bloomberg Markets: The Close, October 14, 2019 [Video]

Monday Update: Inflation Slows Down and Consumer Confidence Rebounds

Back to Basics: Lessons from an Investment Legend

Economy Slowing—But Still Growing

Monthly Market Risk Update: October 2019

Economic Risk Factor Update: October 2019

Monday Update: Business Confidence Plummets Amid Disappointing Week

Jobs Report a Mixed Bag

A Look Back at the Markets in September and Ahead to October 2019

This Is What We Do: The Value of Financial Advisors

Market Thoughts for October 2019 [Video]

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Takes a Hit

The Power of Narrative

What Your Clients Are Worried About

Is the End of Economic Expansion Near?

Active Gratitude

Monday Update: Housing Reports Surprise to the Upside and the Fed Cuts Rates

Quick Takes: The Trade War, the Fed, and More

What Does the Fed Rate Cut Tell Us?

The Fed Jumped into the Cash Markets: How Bad Is It?

Oil Spikes on Saudi Attack, But What’s the Damage?

Monday Update: Inflation Heats Up and New Tariffs Take Effect

Markets Approaching New Highs Again: What’s Next?

Do We Need Negative Interest Rates in the U.S.?

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